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What has an effect on birthweight?

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The weight of a baby at birth is an important indicator of childhood health. Even if deviations from the norm can be purely coincidental, they may, in many instances, point towards an unhealthy lifestyle, a lack of nutrition or malnutrition, or even pathological changes between mother and child.

Living in rural areas no longer guarantees a slimmer figure

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Up until a few years ago, excess weight and obesity was largely seen as a problem associated with towns and cities. However, a recent study shows that the obesity epidemic now affects people living in rural areas, and even tends to be more pronounced there than in urban districts.

What does the calorie count mean for burgers?

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Eating the wrong food is one of the main reasons leading to excess weight. To combat this, many countries have the nutritional and energy value declared on the packaging. Many fast food chains, too, now label their products with nutritional tables. Nevertheless, this seems to play a minor role in the decision whether or not to purchase the item.

How much truth is there to the obesity paradox?

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The obesity paradox has been hotly debated since the turn of the millennium. The argument behind this frequently observed phenomenon is that excess weight can have a protective effect in relation to certain conditions and even increase life expectancy. But do these observations really stand up to critical analysis?

How sleep affects body composition

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Sleep is essential for keeping the body healthy. A lack of sleep not only contributes to the development of physical and mental illnesses, but may also result in putting on weight and can influence body composition.

Does belly fat lead to dementia?

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The term “dementia” refers to a much-feared condition that results in the loss of intellectual capacity and, as a consequence, the disappearance of emotional and social faculties.

Every spare calorie counts

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Many people want to lose weight. Their motivation in this respect may be different, but the basic recipe for successful weight loss is the same. As soon as the calorie intake falls below the daily requirement, the body is forced to call upon its energy reserves. The best way to achieve this is by exercising regularly and cutting down on calories, but there are other strategies that can increase the chances of success.

Low muscle mass increases the risk of diabetes

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With more than 400 million sufferers worldwide, type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the most common and most serious metabolic diseases. Predominantly caused by lifestyle factors such as a lack of exercise, overeating or malnutrition, the disease can be most easily prevented by losing weight and by undertaking regular exercise. As the latest research findings show, muscle mass seems to be a factor.

Apgar Score – Safety Check at the Beginning of Life

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The first few minutes after birth are some of the most dangerous in a person’s entire life. Consequently, the Apgar score quickly summarizes any potential risks during this vulnerable stage and, most importantly, recognizes any critical lack of oxygen or asphyxia in a newborn child.