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This week, new research published in The Lancet predicts that one fifth of adults will be obese by 2025; we see the start of IBS Awareness Month and we look at new research examining the risk of fructose consumption during pregnancy on male offspring.

New study predicts that by 2025 one fifth of all adults will be obese
Research carried out by scientists at Imperial College London and published in April’s issue of The Lancet has been at the forefront of health news reported by media this week.  The study, which compared the BMI data of more than 19 million adult men and women between 1974 and 2014, found that obesity has tripled in men and more than doubled in women.

April is IBS Awareness Month
In 1997 the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) designated April as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month. Worldwide prevelance of IBS is estimated to be between 9 and 23%, yet many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that this is a medically recognised disorder. #IBSAwarenessMonth

New research shows effects of in utero fructose-rich diet on male offspring
The study, published in March 2016, measured the effects of high fructose consumption in pregnant rats on their male offspring, throughout their lifespan. Researchers concluded that high fructose consumption by pregnant mothers, primes the first male generation with a high risk of developing metabolic syndrome, obesity and type two diabetes.

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