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How to counteract the yo-yo effect

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The yo-yo effect is one of the biggest fears of people who wish to lose excess weight. Those few pounds that have disappeared as a result of strict diets and dedicated workouts soon seem worthless when the scales reveal the old weight again after a short amount of time – or often even more than before. How do some people manage to maintain their weight after a diet whilst others seem to be caught in a vicious circle of constant losses and gains?

Medical Vital Sign Analyzer – enhanced quality health checks

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An ever-increasing number of people across the globe are suffering from conditions associated with high blood pressure and excess weight. To combat this trend, education and prevention play a central role alongside basic medical care. Indeed, for many patients, their GP is the first port of call when they have questions concerning their health, as they have had a hand in their treatment for many years.

Young doctors want better working conditions

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Since the turn of the millennium, representatives of Generation Y (also known as millennials) have revolutionised working life in many areas. Unlike their parents, they are driven less by money and status and more by leisure and self-realisation. They have already influenced large parts of the service sector with their demand for a healthy work-life balance. This influence is now also slowly reaching the health service.

Different countries, different normal ranges

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Determining body composition by means of a bio-impedance analysis provides a differentiated assessment of the nutritional and health condition of a person and plays an ever-increasing role in medicine and fitness. Normal ranges are essential in order to assess the measured results correctly. They define the body composition in healthy adults and enable individual values to be classified as well as detecting deviations. But what is healthy – i.e. "a normal state" – and what is unhealthy?

The benefits of scales to fight excess holiday pounds

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Research shows that people around the world eat more during the holiday season and put on weight as a result. At the same time, they often find it difficult to lose this extra weight. Even if the weight gained often only amounts to a few extra pounds, it can accumulate over the years and lead to manifest weight problems. Consequently, there is a wealth of advice from various sources on how to prevent weight-gain over the holidays. Researchers from the University of Georgia recently showed that simply stepping onto the scales can help.

What has an effect on birthweight?

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The weight of a baby at birth is an important indicator of childhood health. Even if deviations from the norm can be purely coincidental, they may, in many instances, point towards an unhealthy lifestyle, a lack of nutrition or malnutrition, or even pathological changes between mother and child.

Living in rural areas no longer guarantees a slimmer figure

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Up until a few years ago, excess weight and obesity was largely seen as a problem associated with towns and cities. However, a recent study shows that the obesity epidemic now affects people living in rural areas, and even tends to be more pronounced there than in urban districts.

What does the calorie count mean for burgers?

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Eating the wrong food is one of the main reasons leading to excess weight. To combat this, many countries have the nutritional and energy value declared on the packaging. Many fast food chains, too, now label their products with nutritional tables. Nevertheless, this seems to play a minor role in the decision whether or not to purchase the item.

How much truth is there to the obesity paradox?

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The obesity paradox has been hotly debated since the turn of the millennium. The argument behind this frequently observed phenomenon is that excess weight can have a protective effect in relation to certain conditions and even increase life expectancy. But do these observations really stand up to critical analysis?