When vitamins really matter

This is an interesting piece by Nicholas Kristof in the NYT that points out that when food supply is really poor, vitamin supplementation - or, more precisely, food fortification - really matters.

World’s Healthiest Food, New York Times

The high cost of eating healthily

For poor families, a recommended, balanced diet would cost 40 per cent of the disposable income of a welfare-dependent family, twice as much as for those on an average income, a study published today says.

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Big belly as bad as being obese

Even if you’re not actually obese by BMI standards, having a large waist circumference is just as unhealthy, says a study.

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Healthy eating and the Olympics

Mickey D is planning to supply 20 per cent of the 14million meals to be served to spectators over the two weeks of the London 2012 games. But that is ruining the health message that is supposed to be coming from the games.

'Health message of Olympics is lost' as McDonald's plans to serve one in five meals to 2012 spectators, Daily Mail

Why animal-free meat is a good idea

As scientists get closer to creating tasty, nutritious in vitro meat, let’s not turn this into another food scare.

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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

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