Weight Management

Kellogg UK launches new Better Starts Plan to make breakfasts healthier

01 Dec 2017 --- Kellogg UK has announced the launch of its Better Starts Plan which it says, by the end of 2018, will overhaul its breakfast cereals to help people in Britain “make healthier choices in the morning.” The company has promised to reduce sugar across three of its best-selling kids’ cereals.

Nearly 6 percent of cancers worldwide attributable to diabetes and high BMI, notes Lancet study

29 Nov 2017 --- Diabetes and high BMI (a BMI over 25kg/m2) were the cause of 5.6 percent of new cancer cases worldwide in 2012 – equivalent to 792,600 cases, according to the first study to quantify the proportion of cancers attributable to diabetes and high BMI. The study is published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. When considered individually, 544,300 cases of cases were attributable to high BMI (equivalent to 3.9 percent of all cancers), and 280,100 were attributable to diabetes (2 percent).

Weight off your mind: MRI technology gives full picture of fat storage during popular diets

28 Nov 2017 --- A new long-term diet study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, has suggested that our scales may lie to us about holiday weight gain. The study used MRI imaging technology for the first time to show diverse changes in an array of body organ fat storage pools during 18 months of Mediterranean/low-carb (Med/LC) and low-fat diets, with and without moderate physical exercise.

Heart disease statistics show UK obesity levels among worst in Europe

28 Nov 2017 --- A decline in deaths from heart attack and stroke in high-income countries such as the UK could be threatened by rising rates of obesity and diabetes, according to a study from the European Society of Cardiology. The study also finds that the UK is lagging behind many lower-income countries in some aspects of heart disease prevention.

Kellogg’s launches organic and vegan plant-based “no added sugar” cereals

24 Nov 2017 --- Kellogg’s is to enter the organic and vegan foods market with a new range of, plant-based cereals under the W.K.Kellogg brand. The five-strong range – including two “No Added Sugar” granolas – will be completely unique to the cereal market offering differentiated natural flavors, according to Kellogg’s.

Disordered eating among young adults has long-term negative health effects: study

22 Nov 2017 --- Disordered eating among young adults has long-term effects on their health, according to a recent University of Helsinki study. The study showed that disordered eating among 24-year-old women and men was an indicator of higher body weight, larger waist circumference and lower psychological wellbeing as well as a lower self-evaluation of general health both at age 24 and ten years later.

Spicing it up: Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

22 Nov 2017 --- Cinnamon could be enlisted in the fight against obesity, according to research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute. Scientists had previously observed that cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor, appeared to protect mice against obesity and hyperglycemia. But the mechanisms underlying the effect were not well understood.

Weight management – Keeping the kilos off (Part 3): Trends, innovation and strong opinions

17 Nov 2017 --- Weight management is a hot topic in the nutrition industry, and NutritionInsight has solicited the views of medical professionals and industry insiders on the next steps to take. Today, in the final part of a special report, we share the trends in the industry, some new R&D and expert opinions in the space in general.

Yerba mate supplementation's anti-obesity effect supported by study

16 Nov 2017 --- Researchers have shown that use of the dietary supplement yerba mate over an extended period had significant effects on body weight and weight gain and was associated with lower levels of blood lipids and insulin in obese mice fed a high-fat diet. In recent years, the popularity of yerba mate has grown steadily in NPD, with an increasing number of food, beverage and supplement product launches with a variety of health claims featuring this South American plant.

Weight management – Keeping the kilos off (Part 2): Challenges and delivery methods

15 Nov 2017 --- Weight management is a hot topic in the nutrition industry, and NutritionInsight has been asking for the views of medical professionals and industry insiders on the next steps to take. Today in the second part of a special report, we look at the challenges currently being presented to the industry and delivery methods being used for weight management products.

The Association of UK Dieticians Scotland Board responds to government diet consultation

13 Nov 2017 --- The Association of UK Dieticians (BDA) Scotland Board has published an initial response to the Scottish Government's consultation A healthier future - action and ambitions on diet, activity and healthy weight, which proposes a range of actions to improve diet and weight in Scotland.  

Weight management – Keeping the kilos off (Part 1): Science and opportunities

13 Nov 2017 --- With obesity being of growing international concern, keeping weight under control is always a hot topic in the nutrition industry. Various approaches to help consumers stay at a healthy weight by removing ingredients and using reformulation are constantly being proposed.

Protein component points to new anti-obesity treatments, study suggests

08 Nov 2017 --- A component of dietary protein called phenylalanine can suppress appetite by affecting the release of appetite-regulating hormones in the gut, according to new research presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate, UK. The results of the study on mice show how phenylalanine reduces food intake by affecting the gut and the brain, and suggest that it may be used to prevent or treat obesity.

Your bones could affect your appetite and metabolism, researchers find

02 Nov 2017 --- The human skeleton is much more than the structure supporting muscles and other tissues. It produces hormones, including osteocalcin, which affects how we metabolize sugar and fat. In a recent paper in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Mathieu Ferron, Professor at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine, and his team have unveiled a new piece of the puzzle that explains how osteocalcin works. The discovery may someday open the door to new ways of preventing type 2 diabetes and obesity.

To avoid overeating, food should be marketed as a “meal” rather than a “snack,” researchers say

01 Nov 2017 --- Marketing food as a “snack” leads to increased consumption and continued overeating, according to a study by Professor Jane Ogden and her researchers from the University of Surrey, who examined the impact of labeling food products as “snacks” or “meals.”

Obesity’s promotion of breast cancer via “as-yet-unknown mechanism” explained

23 Oct 2017 --- Obesity leads to the release of cytokines into the bloodstream which impact the metabolism of breast cancer cells, making them more aggressive as a result. This is according to scientists from Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische Universität München (TUM) and Heidelberg University Hospital, who report on their findings in Cell Metabolism. The team also reports that it has already been able to halt this mechanism with an antibody treatment.

Sporadic fasting helps fight obesity, study finds

18 Oct 2017 --- Up to 16 weeks of intermittent fasting without otherwise having to count calories helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders, and the benefits of such fasting are already noticeable after six weeks. This is according to a study by Kyoung-Han Kim and Yun Hye Kim in the journal Cell Research which is published by Springer Nature. Intermittent fasting in mice helped to kick-start the animals' metabolism and to burn fat by generating body heat. 

NHS targets obesity with 250-calorie limit on confectionery sold in hospitals

17 Oct 2017 --- Super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugar-laden snacks will be banned in UK hospitals as part of the NHS’ latest plan to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. NHS England has announced a 250-calorie limit on confectionery sold in hospital canteens, stores, vending machines and other outlets as the British healthcare service, Europe’s largest employer, forges ahead with steps to curb the availability of unhealthy food and drinks that are fueling an obesity crisis. 

Junk food ad spending outstrips UK government campaigns as healthcare costs of obesity soar

13 Oct 2017 --- Money spent last year on junk food advertising in the UK far outweighed the amount the government spent on healthy eating campaigns, leading to an unbalanced environment pushing the British public towards unhealthy choices, according to new analysis by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).

Most important meal? Skipping breakfast does not lead to overeating later: study

12 Oct 2017 --- Teenage girls who skipped breakfast as part of a study into energy intake and physical activity were found to consume 350 fewer calories during the day as a whole.