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The Week That Was: Health and Wellbeing (01/02/19)

1st February 2019

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Eating breakfast might not help you lose weight – but you still shouldn’t skip meals

A new study has claimed that breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day.

Research published in the BMJ, suggests eating breakfast may not help people to control their weight – as had been previously thought. The findings show that daily calorie intake was higher in people eating breakfast – they even went as far as to say that skipping breakfast could help you lose weight.

Vaping raises risks of stroke, heart disease and attacks by up to 70%, study finds

Vaping e-cigarettes raises the risks of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease, a new study finds. About one in 20 US adults use e-cigarettes and many of them claim to do so because they are ‘healthier’ than combustible cigarettes. But the devices are still relatively new and poorly understood. As more and more research on them comes out, it becomes increasingly clear that ‘safer’ doesn’t mean safe.

Early risers ‘less likely to develop mental health problems’

People who are naturally early risers are less likely to develop mental health problems than “night owls”, according to scientists.A large-scale genetics study found being biologically programmed to wake up early is linked to greater happiness and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.

Your fitness tracker is probably overestimating the calories you’re burning

A new study by a team at Aberystwyth University has found that popular brands of fitness trackers are overestimating the number of calories burned by more than 50 per cent.

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