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For many cultures, eating three proper meals is part of their daily routine. Often these meals are supplemented by other snacks, so that many people regularly eat at intervals of only a few hours. But to what extent does this lifestyle correspond to human physiology? While the amount of people suffering from obesity is steadily increasing globally, so is health awareness in large parts of the population - with new diets and eating habits constantly being developed. Lately, intermittent fasting has become quite popular. Unlike other diets, intermittent fasting does not rely on multiple low-calorie meals a day. Instead, it restricts food intake entirely. Phases of food intake should alternate with prolonged abstinence. Intermittent fasting is divided into different forms: A common combination is based on a 16-hour fast, followed by eight hours in which, more or less, all types of food may be eaten. Other variants include a fasting of 20 hours or more, with one or two days between each m
Over the past decades, children have been growing heavier all over the world. Today, between 20 and 30% of children in the US and Europe are overweight or obese. But child-obesity has also risen steadily in other regions of the world; an alarming trend, considering excessive weight at a young age has significant health consequences. Not only does it increase the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases, but also that of social stigma and mental disorders. In addition to a genetic predisposition, the main causes
Not only do our genes and lifestyle, but also our immediate surroundings, contribute to the development of weight problems. A recent study by the Lancet Public Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that an individual’s proximity to a sporting venue is reflected in their waist circumference, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. During the four-year study, more than 500,000 British people were examined. The results were then compared with the data of the subjects’ place of residence.
Overweight and obesity presents an important global health problem, with an upward trend. However, this development is not limited to adults, it is increasingly affecting children and adolescents. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 41 million overweight children under the age of five worldwide in 2016, from which around half were in Asia and one quarter in Africa. The USA takes a prominent position. The number of overweight and obese children of school age has tripled since 1970
While our cozy memories of the holidays are slowly fading, our scales and tighter pants still give testimony to the feasts that were enjoyed. The end of the year is also a time of self-reflection, which often leads to new plans for the coming year. Ambitious resolutions are made, and we are highly motivated to keep them during the first weeks of January. Above all, these include regular exercise, losing weight or even abstaining from nicotine. And yet, our enthusiastic plans usually only last for a few m