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(Updated on 23/03/2016)

 

 

 

  • How to tackle Tonga's obesity crisis? - VIDEO - 19 January 2016
    "The Pacific island of Tonga is the most obese country in the world but its government is trying to tackle the problem.
    Up to 40% of the population is thought to have diabetes and life expectancy is falling.
    One of the main causes is a cheap, fatty kind of meat - mutton flaps - imported from New Zealand."

    (BBC)

  • Obesity 'biggest threat to women's health' in England - 11 December 2015
    (BBC)

  • Combating Obesity, a 12-year-old Leads by Example - VIDEO - 6 October 2015
    "When it comes to children, sometimes advice from adults falls on deaf ears.
    A new program aimed to help overweight children in the U.S. takes a different approach."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Fighting Obesity: A Long-term, Complex Problem - VIDEO - 01 July 2015
    "How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue.
    It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics.
    A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • Obesity and overweight - January 2015
    (WHO = World Health Organization)
    "In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese..."

    (who.int)

  • Cost of obesity 'greater than war and terrorism' - 20 November 2014
    "The McKinsey Global Institute said it cost £1.3tn, or 2.8% of annual economic activity - it cost the UK £47bn.
    It suggests that it is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change."

    (BBC)

 

  • Lancet study: Overweight total tops 2.1bn globally - 29 May 2014 - a video
    "The number of people in the world who are obese or overweight has topped 2.1 billion, up from 875 million in 1980, according to figures published in the Lancet.
    US, China and Russia had the highest rates and the UK was third in Western Europe, the 188-country study showed.
    Alpa Patel reports."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

  • Watching TV Linked to Higher Risk of Death - 12 January 2010
    "Australian researchers who tracked 8,800 people for an average of six years found that those who said they watched TV for more than four hours a day were 46% more likely to die of any cause and 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than people who reported spending less than two hours a day in front of the tube.
    Time spent in front of televisions and computers and playing videogames has come under fire in studies in recent years for contributing to an epidemic of obesity in the U.S. and around the world.  "

    (online.wsj.com)


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  • US obesity problem 'intensifies' - 1 July 2009
    "The percentage of obese and overweight children is at or above 30% in 30 states...
    Childhood obesity rates in the US have more than tripled since 1980."

    (BBC)

  • Bet dieting takes hold in the UK - 23 May 2009
    "A new method of losing weight by betting on your own success and having to pay up if you fail is gaining popularity in the UK.

    Bet dieters join a website and make a commitment to lose a certain amount of weight over a defined period of time.
    Then, if they fail to meet their targets, money is withdrawn from their account and paid to a charity of their choice..."

    (BBC)

  • Obesity in various countries around the world
    "The percentage of the population older than 15 with a body-mass index greater than 30."
    (losanjalis.com)

 

 

 

  • Let's Move!
    "Let's Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation."
    + a VIDEO with the First Lady

    (letsmove.gov)

 

  • Fit or fat?
    "Doctors in Britain are warning of an obesity time bomb, when children who are already overweight grow up.
    So, what should we do? Exercise more? Eat less? Or both?
    The government feels it has to take responsibility for this expanding problem."

    - a text and a glossary
    (BBC)

  • How bulimia affects your body (i18.photobucket.com)