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The quality of support in close relationships might have been an overlooked risk factor for weight gain in middle-aged and older adults.

A study using the Whitehall II dataset showed that low levels of conflict and excessive demands in the relationship with the closest person and high levels of positive emotional support such as being able to confide and sharing hobbies and interests with the closest person may be protective against central and general adiposity increase over midlife and older age, particularly in men.

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High sugar intake linked to poor long-term mental health

Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of common mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) after 5 years compared to those with low intakes.The study also showed that having a mood disorder did not make people more inclined to eat foods with a high sugar content. 

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30th Anniversary Event

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Whitehall II Study. To celebrate the achievements of the past 30 years, a one-day celebration event was held at UCL on Wednesday 25th November 2015.

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