obesity

Coffee Addict? It’s All in Your DNA

Coffee Addict? It’s All in Your DNA

Are you one of those people who can pound a cup of coffee and fall sound asleep thirty minutes later? Or does the slightest drop of joe keep you awake and twitching nervously throughout the night?

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their attention

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Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?

Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?

"What is the influence of street network design on public health?" This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there's no one solution for

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our

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New Study Links Obesity With Malnutrition and Poverty

New Study Links Obesity With Malnutrition and Poverty

Poverty was once associated with being underweight - however according to a recent study by the University of Aberdeen, childhood obesity rates are climbing in poor communities while obesity rates are

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Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston

Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston

The City of Boston has officially enlisted bike sharing in the fight against obesity. Under the recently launched "Prescribe-a-Bike" program, Boston Medical Center doctors can now write low-income

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Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Image of fat rat / Shutterstock Researchers say that the obesity crisis sweeping across the United States is not restricted to humans. A new study by Pro Publica found that animals are also putting on

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Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

For many who grew up in an age filled with germ-killing soaps and chemical disinfectants, "bacteria" is a dirty word. However new research suggests that promoting the growth of certain strains of bacteria

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Study Finds Sugar-Loaded Drinks Responsible for Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Study Finds Sugar-Loaded Drinks Responsible for Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

Photo via Shutterstock New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to ban the sale of super-sized sugary beverages within the city may have been met with skepticism by some,

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Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

When we consider the field of engineering, the images that come to mind run the gamut from airplanes to bridges to 3D printers. Yet we rarely think about how the processed food we consume has been

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Oxfam Photo Essay Shows What Seven Families Across the Globe Eat in a Week

Oxfam Photo Essay Shows What Seven Families Across the Globe Eat in a Week

Photo: Tom Pietrasik/Oxfam The images include families from seven different countries, including Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Armenia, the United Kingdom, Tajikistan and Zimbabwe. Some of the families own

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Danish Study Links Co-Sleeping To Decreased Risk of Obesity

Danish Study Links Co-Sleeping To Decreased Risk of Obesity

Co-sleeping -- when babies and young children share a bed with one or both of their parents -- has now been linked to reduced obesity. According to a new Danish study, children who regularly co-sleep with

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Go Halfsies: Fight Obesity by Giving Half of Your Food to Those Who Need It

Go Halfsies: Fight Obesity by Giving Half of Your Food to Those Who Need It

Go Halfsies is a brilliant social initiative in Texas that solves the tripartite problem of obesity, food waste, and hunger in one fell swoop. When diners visit participating restaurants in Austin, they

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