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Tackling Obesity 

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 do people live longer in Japan?

Why are Japanese people living so long? Can we learn any lessons from them?

Stress and Gender

Do men and women have different reactions to stress, biologically and psychologically? If so, does how does this affect their health and longevity? 

Ageing - Why and How?

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.

Blue Zones 

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? 

Where do people live longest in the UK? 

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? 

Age and Gender

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? 

Secrets of longevity

Where do people live longest – both in the UK and in the rest of the world?

Organic Food - Is it Healthier?

What is organic food? Is it safer or more nutritious than conventionally farmed food? What food safety tips should we be following? 

How much sleep do we really need?

“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  

Can we dance our way to health?

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?

Ageing skin - What can we do about it?

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?

Keeping Fit - Why bother?

What difference can exercise make to our health? Can it help us even if we’re ill? What types of exercise do we need?

Women and Alcohol

Does alcohol affect women’s bodies differently from men’s? What are the health implications? 

Elder Care

Caring for elderly parents or an elderly partner can often be demanding and even isolating. What help is available online?

How can we get the exercise we need?

We all know that exercise is good for us. How can we act on what we know, to get the exercise we need? 

Nutrients, Vitamins and Dementia

As populations age, dementia is a problem across the developed world. Might nutrients or vitamins provide a solution?  

Process of Ageing - the role of Telomere 

What are telomeres? Can they help us live longer? What can we do to protect them? Why do telomeres matter? 

Exercise and Live Longer

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?

Exercise - can too much of a good thing bad for us? 

We know that exercise is good for us. Is it ever possible to do too much? What is the evidence?

Urinary Incontinence

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?

Dental Health

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?

Walking and Health 

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?

Women and Smoking

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? 

Why do women live longer than men?

Women usually live longer than men. Why is this - and are modern day vices, such as smoking and drinking, reducing the longevity gap?  

Sense of Smell

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? 

Work and Health 

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? 

Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi? Does it have possible health benefits? How do we know? Are there any risks we need to be aware of?

Heart Attack Prevention 

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?  

It is all in the mind?

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?

Preventing Falls

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.

Cancer Prevention Guidelines

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?

How well are we Ageing?

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. 

Tackling Obesity 

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?   

Mindful Eating

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?

Losing Weight 

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. 

Is Obesity bad for the Brain?

We know obesity can increase our risk of physical health problems.  Might being obese affect our brain as well as our body?

What Causes Obesity - The Test of Time?

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? 

Who's really responsible for the Obesity? 

Should we blame our genes for our obesity - or are we to blame? And what role do our parents and grandparents play?

Healthy Eating on a Budget

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 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?  

What is CBT? How does it work? Where is it provided? Is it available through the NHS? 

How effective is CBT?  

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? 

Obesity - Causes and Consequences 

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? 

Junk Food Syndrome? 

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?

Are Carbs bad for your diet? 

Should we be considering a low carbohydrate diet? Can this help us lose weight? Is it good or bad for our health? 

Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

What are they? Why do they matter? What foods are healthier from a glycemic perspective?

Healthy Ageing

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?

How important is our Body Clock?

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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