Exploring local data helps develop targeted approaches to fight childhood obesity

Childhood and adolescent obesity are alarming nearly everywhere in Europe. However, a closer look reveals telling differences in regional, local and socio-economic patterns. In a new report, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) scientists illustrate the power of data and how exploring these differences can lead to targeted approaches and better results in fighting […]

What are Heberden’s nodes?

Causes Symptoms Risk factors Treatment When to see a doctor Heberden’s nodes are bony growths that develop on the finger joints, otherwise known as the interphalangeal joints. They most commonly develop on the joints nearest to the fingertips and can cause the fingers to appear crooked. Heberden’s nodes only develop in people who have osteoarthritis, […]

Ground-breaking EU project to tackle overweight and obesity in young people

A consortium of 14 international research and advocacy organizations meet in Oslo, Norway, today and tomorrow (27-28 June) to kick off a ground-breaking project to tackle overweight and obesity in young people. The initiative involves young people as a key component throughout the project, designing policies and advocating practices they believe will help improve adolescent […]

Normalization of ‘plus-size’ risks hidden danger of obesity

New research warns that the normalisation of ‘plus-size’ body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight — undermining efforts to tackle England’s ever-growing obesity problem. While attempts to reduce stigmatisation of larger body sizes — for example with the launch of plus-size clothing ranges — help promote body positivity, […]

Normalization of ‘plus-size’ body shapes may prevent recognition of health risks of obesity

New research warns that the normalization of ‘plus-size’ body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight – undermining efforts to tackle England’s ever-growing obesity problem. While attempts to reduce stigmatization of larger body sizes – for example with the launch of plus-size clothing ranges – help promote body positivity, […]