Over the last 30 years, obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled - putting us at the top of the obesity league in Western Europe.
Why are Japanese people living so long? Can we learn any lessons from them?
Do men and women have different reactions to stress, biologically and psychologically? If so, does how does this affect their health and longevity?
We know that ageing is inevitable but why do some people age faster than others? Is it due to our genes or can biological, psychological and social factors affect how quickly we age?
Heart attacks, cancer and strokes are the three main causes of death in the developed world. As we age our chances of developing dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other illnesses such as osteoarthritis can also increase.
Are there parts of the world where people seem to live longer than others? If so, why? What can we learn from the people in these areas?
Does your postcode really affect how long you might live? Do we need to move home to live longer? Or can we stay and find ways to improve our longevity?
We all know that exercise is supposed to be good for us. But what difference can it really make to our health – or how long we might live?
Why do women live longer than men in almost every country? And why is this longevity gap between men and women starting to close? Are modern lifestyles having a negative impact on female life expectancy?
Where do people live longest – both in the UK and in the rest of the world?
What is organic food? Is it safer or more nutritious than conventionally farmed food? What food safety tips should we be following?
“Simply put, you need enough to make you refreshed and able to function effectively the next day.”
Professor Morgan, Loughborough University's Sleep Research Centre
Is dance different from other types of exercise? Can it help protect both our physical health and our mental health? What about Zumba? What if we have two left feet?
Does our skin age because of what is going on inside our bodies – or what is going on outside? What can we do to slow this?
We all know that what we eat and drink can have a big impact on our health – not to mention our weight and appearance.
But what exactly is a ‘good’ diet? How do we know if we’re making smart choices and eating the right things for our bodies?
What difference can exercise make to our health? Can it help us even if we’re ill? What types of exercise do we need?
Does alcohol affect women’s bodies differently from men’s? What are the health implications?
Caring for elderly parents or an elderly partner can often be demanding and even isolating. What help is available online?
We all know that exercise is good for us. How can we act on what we know, to get the exercise we need?
As populations age, dementia is a problem across the developed world. Might nutrients or vitamins provide a solution?
What are telomeres? Can they help us live longer? What can we do to protect them? Why do telomeres matter?
Could just 15 minutes make a difference? Are we likely to live longer the more we exercise? How intensive does the exercise need to be?
We know that exercise is good for us. Is it ever possible to do too much? What is the evidence?
What causes urinary incontinence? Who might be affected? What can we do to manage or prevent it?
How important is sleep for our mental and physical health? Could lack of sleep even lead to demntia? What can we do to get a good night's sleep?
Could dental infection put you at risk of more serious illnesses? If so, what are the main risk factors – and how can we reduce the risks?
How good for your health is walking? How much should you do? What if you have a health condition or are a wheelchair user? Can apps help?
What is dementia? What are the main types and how do they differ from one another? Can we protect our brains against it?
Are women at greater health risk from smoking? Why is this? If so, why do some keep smoking? What difference to your health risk does it make if you give up at 30, 40 or 50?
Women usually live longer than men. Why is this - and are modern day vices, such as smoking and drinking, reducing the longevity gap?
What gives us our ability to smell? What can take that ability away? Is age a factor? What are the consequences? And what can we do if we start to lose our sense of smell?
Is work a source of stress – or good for our health? Does the type of work matter? Should we be looking to bring forward or delay retirement?
What is Tai Chi? Does it have possible health benefits? How do we know? Are there any risks we need to be aware of?
What is a Heart Attack? What are the symptoms? What are the main risk factors? How can we reduce the risk?
What is osteoporosis? How many people are affected? What are the symptoms? Who is most vulnerable? Can we reduce the risk?
What is meditation? Can it affect our body as well as our mind? What is the evidence? Are there any health risks?
What is flu? Is it ever fatal? Who is most vulnerable? What can we do to avoid getting it? Should we be worried about a flu pandemic?
Most of us know what we need to do to pursue a healthy lifestyle – but how can we increase our chances of acting on what we know?
Around 1 in 3 adults living at home and aged over 65 fall each year. This can knock not just their body but also their confidence, their independence and their mental health.
What are the most common types of cancer? Is there anything we can do to reduce the risk – or enable earlier detection, so treatment can start earlier?
Is there a difference between our biological age and our chronological age? If so, how can we tell how quickly our bodies are ageing? That’s what researchers at King’s College have been exploring.
What causes obesity? What has been done so far to try to prevent it? What can we each do as individuals? What do government, the food industry and health professionals need to do?
If you want to eat less, is it better to snack on small, calorie-restricted portions at frequent intervals - or to eat two or three larger meals per day? Or is the way we eat more important than how often we eat?
Strange but true? A BBC programme (10 Things you need to know about losing weight) suggested some counterintuitive ways of losing weight – and the science behind this.
We know obesity can increase our risk of physical health problems. Might being obese affect our brain as well as our body?
Many causes of obesity have been suggested. The most popular is eating too much and moving too little. Other suggested causes include our genes, some medical conditions, certain medications, emotional factors, age, alcohol and lack of sleep. What does the test of time suggest?
Should we blame our genes for our obesity - or are we to blame? And what role do our parents and grandparents play?
What are our Top Ten shopping Tips? Which foods are cheap but healthy? What other tips are there for healthy eating on a budgetr?
What is CBT? How does it work? Where is it provided? Is it available through the NHS?
What kinds of anxiety and depression can it help with? Can it help manage pain? Can it help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Does it still work if you’re older? How does it work and how can I access CBT if I need it?
Are you worried that you or someone close to you might be becoming too fat or obese? What health problems might this lead to? What are the symptoms?
Is there such a thing as 'junk food'? If so, what is it, why do people eat it and what are the health implications? And might what it doesn't include be as important as what it does?
How harmful is sugar? Is hidden sugar a particular health risk? Are some sugars healthier than others? How much sugar should we be consuming?
Should we be considering a low carbohydrate diet? Can this help us lose weight? Is it good or bad for our health?
What are they? Why do they matter? What foods are healthier from a glycemic perspective?
What is healthy ageing? When do we start to age? Why do some people age faster than others? Does what happens earlier in life influence this? So what can we do to slow the pace of ageing? What is new here?
Do we have a built in body clock? If so, what triggers it? Does it influence our sleep? And what are the health implications?
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