Rising risk of obesity among China’s ‘left behind children’

Some 61 million rural children left behind by parents moving to China’s booming urban centres are at risk from increased fat and reduced protein in their diets.


Can nutritional intervention delay the passage of time?

In model organisms such as yeast, worms, flies and rodents, reducing energy intake prolongs lifespan.


Watching their weight: the effect of eating, while viewing television, on childhood obesity

It’s well known that obesity in children is one of the foremost public health problems that we face today and there is compelling evidence to suggest that one of the causes of this epidemic is excess screen-based sedentary time (i.e. TV viewing).


Nutritional approaches to muscle loss in the elderly

One of the most striking changes that we associate with ageing is the increasing development of frailty, which in later years can become so debilitating that it impacts on an individual’s ability to lead an independent life.


Cocoa flavanols good for heart health

An EU-funded study published this week in British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) shows that consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the ageing


Importance of vitamin E when dietary PUFA is increased

A new paper, from DSM and published in British Journal of Nutrition, examines vitamin E function and requirements in relation to polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).


Better Diet Quality may Improve Cognition in Children

A recent Finnish study shows that better diet quality is related to better cognitive performance among 6–8 year old children.


Parallel concepts coming together – Food Security meets Sustainability

The development of the concepts of Food Security and of Sustainability have run in parallel over the past 40 years or so. Food Security originally had three elements – Availability, Accessibility and Utilization.