Smoking, life expectancy and obesity

If obesity trends continue, the negative effect on the health of the U.S. population will overtake the benefits gained from declining smoking rates, according to a study by Harvard and University of Michigan researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Does removing ‘junk’ food at school lead to more snacking at home?

This paper based on a study of six middle schools in the USA suggests not.

The Impact of Removing Snacks of Low Nutritional Value From Middle Schools, Health Education & Behaviour

The future of meat?

Scientists in the Netherlands have succeeded in using pig cells to generate a kind of ‘soggy pork’.

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Todmorden’s ‘propaganda planting’

More on Incredible Edible, the West Yorkshire project to promote local and sustainable food through encouraging people to grow it. ‘Our aim is to make our town entirely self-sufficient in food production by 2018 – and if we can carry on at the same rate as we’ve done over the past 18 months since we had our first meeting and set this initiative up, we’re going to make it.’

Todmorden's Good life: Introducing Britain's greenest town, Independent

Scots are a chubby lot

The Scottish government has just discovered that two thirds of the population is overweight and about a quarter is obese. But these are pretty much the same levels as the rest of the UK. Calling for a ‘complete change of culture’ won’t achieve anything.

Figures show Scotland's 'obesity epidemic', BBC News

Too fat to graduate?

Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is forcing students to take exercise and diet to lose weight if they are obese. Those who have a BMI over 30 and refuse to take the course cannot graduate.

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Food for your bones

On the basis of an old theory that has mixed evidential backing, US researchers are testing whether eating nine (yes, nine) portions of fruit and veg per day could reduce osteoporosis.

New York Times

Amartya Sen on democracy and famine

Sen has famously pointed out that ‘No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy’.

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Eating ‘best before’ food

Eating food that’s still safe, but no longer at its best, is a way to save money and reduce waste. WRAP runs the lovefoodhatewaste.com campaign, and the article also mentions Freegans.

Why it pays to develop a taste for ‘best-before’ foods, The Times

Calories counts on NY menus have limited effect

Citywide, there was a modest decrease in calorie consumption amongst some customers. But in poorer neighbourhoods, where obesity is more common, price trumped the nutrition information and there was no effect at all.

How Posted Calories Affect Food Orders, New York Times

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