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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The Best Type of Exercise to Burn Fat


Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

A few minutes of brief, intense exercise may be as effective as much lengthier walks or other moderate workouts for incinerating body fat, according to a helpful new review of the effects of exercise on fat loss. 

The moderate-exercise routines used in the studies varied considerably, with some involving walking and others jogging, cycling or swimming. In general, the endurance-style workouts lasted for about 40 minutes.

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