Weight Loss

Muddled thinking is fuelling obesity epidemic

Cutting down on what you eat is a far more effective way to lose weight than burning calories with exercise

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.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 2:53am

Research paper finds obesity myths are still accepted at face value

Sorting obesity myths from fact. Photo: Reuters

In a study titled "Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity" published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors scoured popular media and scientific literature for obesity-related myths and presumptions and weighed them against scientifically proven facts.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:31am

Obesity may not be bad for your health, says expert

Dr Lucy Aphramor, HAES UK. Photo: Nora Tam

Health officials, educators and governments the world over are up in arms over what they see as an obesity epidemic. Changing diets, a growing dependence on processed foods, and modern conveniences have done away with the necessity for much physical exertion.

18 Dec 2012 - 9:28am 3 comments

Health bites

Pears, pears, pears

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Myths and the machine

THERE'S A LARGE machine with rollers that manipulate and roll the blubber as you lie there and read the latest gossip magazines. Then there's the science fiction radio-frequency machine that allegedly melts away body fat. Many people believe such hi-tech equipment are an easy alternative to exercising, but are they really the answer?

23 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


Open any health and fitness magazine and you'll see countless advice on how to 'transform' your body from the one you have to the one you want (probably something like the models in the magazine). Even though each article promises to help you lose weight and become fitter by giving you expert diet and exercise advice, rarely do people keep the weight off permanently.

31 May 2004 - 12:00am

Easy on the water

Too much of a good thing isn't always good. Too much alcohol, too much food, and now too much water? For years, health and fitness experts, fitness magazines and diet gurus have been shouting the party line about drinking your eight glasses of 1.88 litres of water a day. And of course, living in a hot and humid climate, this message has been even louder.

23 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Shape-up courses not worth the weight

Weight-conscious people are prepared to spend up to half their salaries on dietary products - but most give up the programmes without losing the weight they want to.

More than 80 per cent of 400 buyers of weight-reducing products said they spent at least $800 a month on the products, while 16 per cent said they spent half their monthly salaries in pursuit of a better body.

3 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Today's young people face heavy problems

You may know that there are many methods to lose weight, but are you aware that not all of the methods are safe?

Many students believe they are too fat. Many of them force themselves to eat less. Some of them may even try to take pills in order to help them skip meals or vomit.

24 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Food for thought

AS if losing weight isn't tough enough already, it is a shock to learn some so-called 'low fat' foods are sometimes misleadingly labelled. Supermarket shelves are stacked with products marketed to the weight-conscious, and many of these foods are just as fatty as junk food.

22 Aug 1999 - 12:00am