obesity

UN agriculture chief urges ‘transformative changes’ to how we eat

Obesity affects millions of people, and several billion suffer from diseases caused by vitamin- or mineral-deficient diets, known as micronutrient deficiencies, according to the UN agriculture chief, who called on Monday for “transformative changes” to our food systems.

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of taking up smoking - and they are likely to smoke more than average — UN scientists said on Wednesday.

Obese people more likely to smoke, says new gene research: WHO

New research indicates that people who are genetically prone to being overweight have a higher risk of being a smoker, and they are likely to smoke more than average, according to a World Health Organization agency whose study has identified for the first time around 70 genes that could explain this behaviour.

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Make the Caribbean an “engine for change” on childhood obesity

The Caribbean can become “an engine for change” in reducing childhood obesity.

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News in Brief 17 May 2017 (PM)

One in three young Europeans now obese: WHO

One in every three young Europeans is overweight or obese, with the highest rates found in southern and Mediterranean countries.

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News in brief 25 April (PM)

“Undernutrition”, obesity costing Latin America billions: WFP

The combined impact of not eating enough healthy food and obesity, also known as the “double burden of malnutrition” is costing Latin American economies billions in lost revenue, a new UN report has found.

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News in Brief 19 January 2017 (PM)

Aid reaches people in eastern Mosul following Iraqi army gains

Humanitarian access to people in eastern Mosul city has improved following advances made by the Iraqi Security Forces on the eastern bank of the Tigris, the UN Deputy Spokesperson has said.

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Diabetes is a “problem of society” -WHO

Diabetes is not just a health issue, but a disease which concerns the whole of society, according to a spokesperson from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Fighting obesity and micronutrient deficiency with nuclear science

Nuclear science is helping Latin American and Caribbean countries to combat what one expert calls “the double burden” of malnutrition and obesity.

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Local farm production in Latin America can create “virtuous cycle”

The local production of food in Latin America can create a “virtuous cycle” which will benefit farmers, the economy and help fight obesity in children; that’s according to the head of the UN

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