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Focus on pregnancy weight gain a bit heavy handed

It was a depressing morning. At an antenatal check-up I was told, not once, but twice, that I was fat.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2013, 12:00pm 1 comment

Those with a low platelet count benefit from a healthy diet

Thrombocytes or platelets are colourless blood cells that assist in blood clotting by forming plugs in blood vessel holes. A healthy person has between 150,000 to 400,000 platelets per microlitre of blood.

13 May 2013 - 10:07am

One Western habit Asia can do without: its fatty, sugary diet

In an age when Asia can more than hold its own economically, no one can argue that the spirit of the times is such that Asia should simply seek to mimic the West, especially the United States, in its dietary practices. Certainly not when the price to be paid is massive obesity.

29 Mar 2013 - 3:18am 1 comment

Short Science, March 10, 2013

Russian scientists believe they have found a new type of bacteria in the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May last year contained a bacteria, which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Muddled thinking is fuelling obesity epidemic

People's beliefs about the causes of obesity can affect their own weight, my research has shown. If you think lack of exercise is the primary cause of obesity, you are more likely to be overweight than someone who implicates poor diet.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Healthy Gourmet: Running lean on greens and beans

A sustainable weight loss can come only from a metabolic change. How to induce this change is difficult to know, not only because the science is still in its infancy, but because we are each unique and respond differently to food.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:58pm

Shanghai researchers identify bacteria linked to obesity

Mainland researchers have identified a bacteria which may cause obesity.

A new paper suggests diets that alter the presence of microbes in humans could combat the condition.

Researchers in Shanghai found that mice bred to be resistant to obesity even when fed high-fat foods became excessively overweight when injected with a kind of human bacteria and subjected to a rich diet.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am



6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fab food ideas for trim teens

Summer is upon us, and teenagers are on the loose. As they are away from their school canteens or parent-selected meals, they have more freedom to eat. It's likely their nutritional choices for the six-week break will range from fast foods lacking in dietary value to snacks laden with salt, sugar and fat.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fruit glorious fruit

As well as being a tasty and colourful addition to your daily diet, fruit helps protect you against serious diseases

Fruit should be enjoyed every day. To encourage Hong Kong people to eat more of the healthy food, the Department of Health is launching Joyful Fruit Day this Thursday, April 17.

15 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Medi Watch

Atkins tops slimming tests

19 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Children learn bad dietary habits young

Children are developing unhealthy eating and exercise habits at an alarmingly young age, which puts them at greater risk of chronic diseases, according to a survey.

A total of 7,057 students, aged two to seven, from 78 kindergartens were interviewed last year by the Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion at Chinese University.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Food Fighters

AS THE PRESSURE ON celebrities to look a million dollars intensifies, the small fortunes they spend on personal trainers, chefs and stylists is no longer enough, it seems.

In a bid to stay in top shape, Hong Kong A-listers have been quick to follow their Hollywood counterparts who are now insisting on looking good inside and out - with the help of personal nutritionists.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Language point

'Nuts were taboo 10 or 15 years ago,' Dr Ram says. But they're 'not only healthy, but extremely satisfying'.

With a weight-loss coach, dieters 'learn not only how to eat well, but how to deal with food issues', Ms Gonzalez says.

12 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Trimmer boy gave pork diet the chop

Ten-year-old Chan Hang-biu, who used to devour seven pork chops in one sitting, said he considered himself more 'handsome' after losing 4kg in six months.

The boy, who could barely see his toes when standing up, is among the 100 children who joined the Chinese University's weight control programme.

29 Sep 1999 - 12:00am