What Decades of (Sometimes Dodgy) Dietary Advice Made Us Do

In September, a team of researchers made a well-publicized recommendation that people start eating… about as much red meat as they already eat. This was not based on any new medical findings, and was described by its authors as a “weak recommendation” with “low-certainty evidence.”

This new advice is part of a broader backlash against how nutritional research is conducted and communicated.

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How Walking Might Affect Our Sleep

Taking more steps during the day may be related to better sleep at night, according to an encouraging new study of lifestyle and sleep patterns. The study, which delved into the links between walking and snoozing, suggests that being active can influence how well we sleep, whether we actually exercise or not.

The relationships between moving and dozing is consistent and strong, the more steps people took, the higher their self-rated sleep quality was.

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Far too many of the world’s youngsters are overweight


TWENTY YEARS ago UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency, took a detailed look at the diet of the world’s youngsters. The story was grim: malnutrition contributed to more than half of all child deaths. The picture has since changed, in many ways for the better.

The number of overweight adolescents is particularly shocking. Since the 1970s there has been a 10- to 12-fold rise in obesity among those aged 10 to 19. In poor countries, it is the relatively well-off who tend to suffer. In rich ones, it is often poorer children who carry excessive weight.

See The Economist article here: https://econ.st/2N5JWeS