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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

Does depression cause obesity or does obesity cause depression?
Depression and obesity are known to be linked, but science has found the relationship between them hard to unpick. A new study uses genetic data to find answers. (Medical News Today)

Cancer and obesity: Clogged immune cells help explain link
A recent study examines the relationship between obesity and cancer from a new angle. The researchers look at the potential role of the immune system. (Medical News Today)

7 benefits of rooibos tea
Rooibos tea is a delicious alternative to green or black tea. It is naturally caffeine-free and has many other potential health benefits. Learn about them here. (Medical News Today)

Which muscles do pushups work?
Pushups work many of the body's large muscle groups, including those in the upper body and core. A person can use a range of pushup types to focus on different sets of muscles. Here, we describe how to do eight types of pushup. (Medical News Today)

BMI calculators and charts
Body mass index or BMI is one way to see if a person can see if they are is underweight, if their weight is appropriate, or if they have excess weight. Use these calculators to check your BMI. (Medical News Today)

Measuring BMI for adults, children, and teens
BMI is one way of measuring whether a person’s weight is healthy. It takes both height and weight into account. However, it does not provide an accurate reflection of an individual’s body composition. Find out how to measure BMI in adults, children, and teens in this article. (Medical News Today)

Daily serving of nuts may stave off weight gain
Two new studies suggest that a daily serving of nuts helps stave off weight gain in the long run and benefits cardiometabolic health in women. (Medical News Today)

What are the limitations of BMI?
A person can use their body mass index (BMI) to determine whether they have a healthful weight. But, BMI does not take certain factors into account, such as the proportion of fat to muscle. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is obesity and what causes it?
Obesity is when a person is carrying excessive weight. This puts them at a higher risk of a number of health conditions. Find out more about what obesity is and why it happens. (Medical News Today)

What are the signs of ketosis?
People who follow the ketogenic diet eat a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to induce a bodily process called ketosis. There are several signs of ketosis that can indicate whether or not the diet is working. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Letter from the Editor: Trek or treat?
Attending medical conferences and hiking for charity, the MNT editorial team really has been busy this month! Managing Editor Honor Whiteman reveals more. (Medical News Today)

'Natural protein' could reverse obesity-related diabetes, fatty liver
Increasing the 'natural protein' BP3 in obese mice reduces fat mass, high blood sugar, and fatty liver fats by firing up metabolism, a new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

Low-carb foods for vegetarians and vegans
Low-carb diet plans often involve a lot of meat. However, there are plenty of low-carb options for vegetarian and vegan people. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How much should I weigh for my height and age?
What is a person’s ideal weight, and how do height, age, and other factors affect it? Find out more and use our tools to get a better idea of how much you should weigh. (Medical News Today)

Should you fast before a cholesterol test?
Fasting before taking a cholesterol test used to be standard practice. Now, some doctors recommend that people do not fast before taking the test. Here, learn more about when people should fast before a cholesterol test, how long to fast for, and what the test results mean. (Medical News Today)

Fitness and lifespan: Is too much exercise harmful?
When it comes to exercise and the risk of mortality, is there such a thing as too much physical activity? New research investigates. (Medical News Today)

Does the hCG diet work?
The hCG diet combines using a human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone supplement and restricting food intake to 500 calories a day. However, hCG weight loss products are illegal in the United States, and there is no evidence to show that the diet is safe or effective. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Surprising new role of fat revealed
New research challenges existing beliefs on the origins of diabetes, suggesting that overall fat tissue may be to blame, rather than the liver or pancreas. (Medical News Today)

How to increase your metabolism
Many factors influence the speed of a person’s metabolism, including their muscle mass, activity level, and genetics. There are several ways to boost metabolism, including eating at regular times, trying high-intensity interval training, and reducing stress. Here, learn about these and other strategies. (Medical News Today)

Can eating too much fruit cause type 2 diabetes?
Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being overweight and having high blood sugar levels. Although fruit does contain sugar, eating it as part of a balanced and healthful diet is unlikely to cause diabetes. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How do you lose belly fat?
Belly fat, or excess fat around the abdomen, has causes that include lack of exercise, poor diet, and stress. Being more active, improving nutrition, getting better sleep, and cutting alcohol intake can all help people to shed belly fat. Learn more about the causes of belly fat, and how best to lose it, here. (Medical News Today)

Weight loss drug may prevent and treat diabetes
A new clinical trial reports that a weight loss drug can reduce diabetes risk and increases the chances of remission among those who have the condition. (Medical News Today)

Yo-yoing weight linked to higher cardiovascular risk
Researchers warn that fluctuations in a series of health measurements, including body weight, are linked with a heightened risk of cardiovascular events. (Medical News Today)

Are our brains trying to stop us from exercising?
What is the so-called exercise paradox, and why does our brain want us to stay home rather than head to the gym? A new study investigates. (Medical News Today)

How does being busy affect your lifestyle choices?
New research has found that the busier a person is, the more likely they are to make better, more healthful choices, including diet, exercise, and money. (Medical News Today)

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