How diet and lifestyle choices impact athletic performance and risk of infection

Professional athletes like football (Soccer) players are exposed to large amounts of physiological and psychological stress, which can increase infection susceptibility and threaten availability for training and competition. A new journal article investigates what effect diet and lifestyle choices have on those at increased risk.

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Frequent social media use could increase risk of developing eating and body image concerns

social media feature imageA recent analysis conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has found that logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body image concerns.

It’s long been thought that exposure to fashion magazines and television, is associated with the development of eating disorders and body image concerns. According to the assistant director at the university’s research centre this likely due to the positive portrayal of ‘thin’ models and celebrities. Continue reading “Frequent social media use could increase risk of developing eating and body image concerns”

Nearly one in four British children overweight or obese

According to research, almost a quarter of British children under the age of five are overweight or obese.

The study found that the UK has the second-highest proportion of overweight children out of the 28 countries that were able to provide data.

With 23.1% of youngsters in the under-five age group classed as overweight or obese, the UK was second only to Ireland, which registered 27.5%.

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British are most likely to consider themselves overweight

ObesityAccording to a new worldwide survey, people from the UK and Ireland are more likely to consider themselves overweight than those from anywhere else in Europe, but fewer are taking steps to lose weight.

Some 60% of Britons and 62% of Irish people consider themselves at least ‘a little overweight’, according to the Global Health and Wellness Survey from information and insights company Nielsen.

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