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Obesity is a global health problem that comes with serious consequences to our health and high expenses for our health care system. Malnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle are considered to be among the main causes of obesity for all age groups. Although changing our lifestyle is known to be an effective and cost-efficient way to prevent and treat this condition, many people struggle regularly to change their diets and stay on track with exercising. When you are overweight, your weight can be a limiting factor, as physical activities become increasingly difficult with higher risks of injury - contributing to a loss in motivation. In a recent study published by the University of Maastricht, researchers investigated the interdependency between weight training and obesity. The basis of their hypothesis was that obese people not only have more fatty tissue, but also more muscles. Although the relative body composition happens to change in favor of adipose tissue when overweight, the absolu
Sugar is a cost-efficient flavor carrier that is widely used in the food industry. Especially heavily processed foods - such as pre-made meals and sweets - contain large quantities of sugar. As the sugar content of food and drinks steadily rises, so does the consumption per capita. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum of 25 grams or six teaspoons of sugar per day per person. However, the daily consumption often exceeds the recommended amount many times over in many countries. In the long run, this e
Exercising is without a doubt good for our health. Not only does regular physical activity positively affect our body and psyche, it also reduces the risk of a variety of illnesses. But exercise also has its downsides. Injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles and fractures are commonplace among professional and amateur athletes. This is usually due to insufficient warm-ups, overstraining, incorrect posture and too much external force. In competitive sports, soft-tissue injuries are particularly common. While the length
For a long time, hospital food did not receive the attention it deserved. But in recent years people have become more aware of the growing problems of malnutrition in hospitals. Especially elderly patients are at risk of malnutrition. Several studies have concluded that between 25% to 50% of them are already malnourished upon admission at the hospital and the longer they stay in inpatient care, the more their nutritional status worsens. The causes of malnutrition are manifold. Within the home environment
Being overweight and obese presents serious health problems not only for adults, but also for children and adolescents. Epidemiological data of the past decades shows a continuous upward trend in the average weight in young people globally. So far, Europe and the United States of America have been affected most with 20 to 30% of children being overweight or obese. However, Asian, African and South American countries are also increasingly affected by this development. Being overweight at a young age is a