Jet Lag, Microsleeps, Anaesthesia, Hibernation and Comas
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Post No.: 1003   Furrywisepuppy says:   To minimise jet lag when traversing time zones, you want your circadian rhythm to match that of your destination. One tip is ‘fly east, fly early; fly west, fly late’. This concerns the … Read More

The Limitations of Body Mass Index (BMI)
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Post No.: 0994   Furrywisepuppy says:   Your body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing your weight (in kilograms) by your height (in metres) squared. A BMI of <18.5 is considered underweight; 18.5-24.9 is considered in the healthy range; … Read More

Mountainous Portion Sizes, and Mountains of Food Waste
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Post No.: 0983   Furrywisepuppy says:   You can eat anything you want… in moderation. Everything is a poison in large enough doses – even substances that are good for us in smaller doses.   Most people are oblivious to … Read More

The Genes and Culture of Obesity
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Post No.: 0972   Furrywisepuppy says:   There exist genes associated with an increased risk of obesity. Therefore genes do play a role, like genes that affect how easily satisfied we feel after eating. It’s guaranteed that if one eats … Read More

Socio-Economic Status (SES) and Obesity
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Post No.: 0963   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Obesity rates fluctuate from year to year but the overall trend over the past 5 decades is a clear increase. Human genetics haven’t notably changed since after WWII yet lifestyles have i.e. it’s … Read More

Cooking is a Vital Everyday Skill
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Post No.: 0954   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘Eatwell Guide’ suggests that our diet should consist of roughly 40% fruit and vegetables, 38% bread, rice, potatoes, pasta or other starchy foods, 8% dairy products and alternatives, 12% meat, fish, eggs, … Read More

Comfort Eating and Emotional Eating
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Post No.: 0947   Furrywisepuppy says:   Stress (a physiological and psychological response to a real or perceived threat) can affect consumption – most people over-eat when stressed, although some under-eat. Well our food choices when stressed do more universally … Read More

Taste, Aroma and Flavour
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Post No.: 0934   Furrywisepuppy says:   Taste has a lot to do with our preconceptions and expectations, like from what something looks like – hence it can sometimes be difficult to identify ingredients when tasting things blindfolded. We’re not … Read More

The Benefits of Being Fit
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Post No.: 0924   Furrywisepuppy says:   Healthy living is beneficial for the well-being of both mind and body. It’s not just about disease prevention but also the way it makes us feel great! Being fit does help us to … Read More

Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
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Post No.: 0910   Furrywisepuppy says:   The love for the taste of sweetness is written deep into human genetic instincts. The main difference when it comes to how much populations in different times and places consume sugar is whether … Read More

The Low-Down on Alcohol on Your Health
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Post No.: 0901   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Alcohol is highly calorific, containing ~7 calories/gram. Alcohol, along with being ‘empty calories’, makes you want to eat and snack more too – leading to a double-whammy risk of excessive calorie consumption.   … Read More

Feeling Confident in Our Own Skin
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Post No.: 0885   Furrywisepuppy says:   Fuelled by the media and beauty industry, it seems like the age for females, in particular, feeling worried about the signs of ageing is getting ever younger. It’s super to try to keep … Read More

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Cancer
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Post No.: 0879   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Average human life expectancies globally have doubled within the last 150-200 years, and this isn’t really down to genetic evolution but environmental evolutions, such as in people’s diets and medical technologies. No country … Read More

Fruit, or Nature’s Tasty Snacks
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Post No.: 0867   Furrywisepuppy says:   Most people snack not because they’re hungry but because of habit or the occasion, like when watching a movie or when someone says, “Try these!”   Workplace snacking is more to do with … Read More

How You Can Alter Your Metabolism
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Post No.: 0856   Furrywisepuppy says:   The relationship between ‘calories in versus calories out’ and ‘weight’ is always valid but it isn’t a straightforward relationship in practice – it becomes more difficult to lose weight the less you weigh … Read More

Adopting a Vegetarian or Vegan Diet
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Post No.: 0848   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many people across the world eschew meat while they chew more fruit and vegetables because they’re vegetarian (they don’t eat any kind of animal flesh like beef or fish) or vegan (on top … Read More

Clearer Food Labelling and Nutrition Information
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Post No.: 0823   Furrywisepuppy says:   Voluntary food labelling standards have resulted in confusing, non-standardised labels that can make it difficult for consumers to compare products from different manufacturers in a like-for-like way at a glance.   The ‘traffic … Read More

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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Post No.: 0810   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Although the definition of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a bit nebulous, they’re considered to be treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. They include the likes of homeopathy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, … Read More

Your DNA and Your Dinner
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Post No.: 0805   Fluffystealthkitten says:   From a population-wide epidemiological perspective, we’ve got to realise that the human gene pool hasn’t changed that much since ~40 years ago. Yet obesity rates have rose sharply in coincidence with an environment … Read More

Obesogenic Genes and Obesogenic Environments
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Post No.: 0794   Fluffystealthkitten says:   At current estimates, the heritability of obesity is 40-70%. This suggests that genes do play a key role, and therefore some people are luckier than others if their genes are a better match … Read More

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