Previous research has suggested that high BMI is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, but due to the difficulty of conducting clinical trials related to obesity, it has been hard to prove causation.
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans to find components which could have a direct effect on 'brown fat' functions, which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories as energy.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, demonstrated that employees at a large urban hospital who purchased the least healthy food in its cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and obese.
Obesity and depression have long been linked, with previous clinical studies finding an association between these two conditions. However, until now, the mechanisms of how obesity affects depression and vice versa have not been fully understood.
Participants were asked to either stop adding sugar to their tea overnight, or gradually reduce the amount of sugar they added. The findings were presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow.
New expert estimates revealed that the cost of treating obesity-related illnesses globally will top $1.2 trillion every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic. On the occasion of World Obesity Day, let's pledge to fight it with a healthy diet. Start with these superfoods and feel the difference.