A weighty problem: the economics of obesity

Economist.com

A new report by the OECD shows that more than half the population is overweight in 34 of its 36 member countries. The overweight tend to do worse in school and to miss work more often.

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Even a few minutes’ exercise is good for you, new guidelines state

Exercise is good for you even if you clock up just a few minutes at a time, new UK guidelines state, overturning previous recommendations that physical activity needed to last at least 10 minutes to bring benefits.

The updated guidelines on physical activity, released by the UK chief medical officers, mean that even a quick sprint up the stairs can contribute to the 150 minutes of moderate to brisk exercise (or 75 mins of intense activity) that adults are recommend to undertake every week.

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Why sugar is bad for you

“Sugar spoils no dish,” averred a 16th-century German saying. But it certainly spoils and savages people’s health, says Gary Taubes, an American science writer who has focused heavily on the ills of sugar over the past decade and is the co-founder of an initiative to fund research into the underlying causes of obesity.

Cultures with diets that contain considerable fat—like the Inuit and the Maasai—experienced obesity, hypertension and coronary disease only when they began to eat profuse amounts of sugar

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