Carbonation in beverages may be responsible for increased food consumption related to obesity

Research overwhelmingly suggests that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages including pop and juice is linked with obesity and type-2 diabetes. Specifically, overconsumption of sugar can lead to excessive weight gain and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes. Many people turn to diet drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners to cut their consumption of sugar while still enjoying…

Artificial sweetener consumption is associated with an increased risk of type-2 diabetes in women

There are currently around 1.9 billion adults worldwide who are overweight, 600 million of whom are obese. In response to the rising rates of obesity, diets and diet foods have become common place in our society. One of the most common and popular diet alternatives is artificial sweeteners. Common artificial sweeteners include: aspartame, sucralose (Splenda ©), saccharin (Sweet’n…

Obesity may undermine the effectiveness of the flu vaccine

Every year the influenza virus infects millions of people in the US and results in the death of 55,000 people, usually the elderly or sick. To combat this massive global health burden and to prevent pandemics a flu vaccine is manufactured each winter season. The World Health Organization predicts which of the strains of the…

Celebrities overwhelmingly endorse unhealthy food choices

Childhood obesity, which currently affects around 18% of all American children between 6-11 years old, is considered to be the combination of poor diet, lack of physical activity, and environmental factors such as being from a house with overweight parents. There have been established links between food advertising that targets children and the rise in childhood obesity…

Personalized diets may be on the horizon

Obesity and type-2 diabetes are at frightening levels worldwide. Losing weight is the best way to help combat this rising epidemic. There are many diets claiming to help you lose weight quickly and many companies that have made millions by convincing people that their diet was the one that would work. However, the fact is…

Over 400 million people worldwide now have diabetes

A United Nations (UN) meeting in 2011 set a target to halt the progression of diabetes that is not with age by 2025. That is to say, the health systems of the world need to implement systems that prevent the rise in diabetes caused by diet, lack of exercise, obesity, and smoking by 2025. This is…