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The Fit

Biggest Loser Provides Food for Thought

By Tim Olds

Contestants on The Biggest Loser have provided some startling evidence explaining why it’s difficult to keep weight off after dieting.

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The “Obesity Paradox” Paradox

By Tim Olds

Three recent studies have cast new darkness on the paradox that overweight adults are more likely to get diseases such as diabetes yet seem to live longer.

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The Language of Disease

By Tim Olds

What if doctors could diagnose disease by what you wrote on Facebook and Twitter?

There are so many ways doctors can diagnose disease. They can take pictures of you inside and out; they can take samples of your blood, muscles, hair, fingernails, faeces, urine or saliva; they can measure your strength, flexibility, lung function and reflexes; they can swab your skin and your intimate cavities; they can even analyse your breath and your farts.

Why Are Sporting Records Always Being Broken?

By Tim Olds

Better technology, training methods and financial rewards only partly explain why athletes continue to get faster and stronger.

I published my first scientific paper, a mathematical model of cycling performance, in 1994. Using some mighty complex equations, I predicted with confidence that no cyclist would ever cover more than 55 km in an hour. Two days after the paper was published, the Swiss rider Tony Rominger broke the hour record. He covered 55.3 km.

Pure, White, But Maybe Not So Deadly

By Tim Olds

Is there something uniquely unhealthy about sugar above and beyond the excess calories?

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

By Tim Olds

Friends, family and co-workers influence our health and happiness to varying extents.

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Now Even Sitting Researchers Are Sitting on the Fence

By Tim Olds

To sit or stand has become an uncomfortable question for health researchers.

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The Rich Get Healthier

By Tim Olds

We’re getting healthier and living longer, but the rich more than the poor.

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Retirement Time

By Tim Olds

Retirement is fun, but is it because you do what you like or because you like what you do?

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Trust Me, I Have a White Hat

By Tim Olds

Can you trust obesity research funded by the interests of Big Food?

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