Is your environment making you fat?

Is your environment making you fat?

It seems obvious that ease of access to green space and pleasant places to walk would influence the amount of walking and other outdoor exercise you do but this report from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) set out to prove a connection.  The researchers compared the rates of physical activity, childhood obesity and diabetes in England’s nine most populous cities and found a...

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If I can’t walk or cycle while I work do I have to change my career?

If I can’t walk or cycle while I work do I have to change my career?

I keep on reading how bad it is for your health to sit still for long periods, even if you exercise every day. I spend about 99 per cent of my time in front of a computer or on the sofa so, other than changing my career and becoming a gym instructor, what are the options? There’s the treadmill desk, of course. But they’re huge – and hugely expensive. And I’ve never been convinced I...

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When it comes to exercise, I’m definitely with the tortoise

When it comes to exercise, I’m definitely with the tortoise

I was just asked by a journalist writing for a health magazine whether I had any tips on starting and maintaining an exercise program. She wanted something different from the usual ‘ get a personal trainer’, ‘set goals’ and ‘start by walking’ advice that we’ve all heard a million times. My talk on Wednesday was on exactly that, so I was ready with my...

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Should we ditch the nuclear family?

Should we ditch the nuclear family?

Young people are staying at home for longer because they can’t afford to study, or to pay rent and save for a deposit on a house or flat. When they do have children, their parents often look after them because child care is so expensive.  And, at the other end of the spectrum, increasing pressure on residential care is causing growing concern as to the fate of the oldest members of the...

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Folic acid decreases/increases breast cancer risk. So do I take it or not?

Folic acid decreases/increases breast cancer risk. So do I take it or not?

A few years ago I was at a breast cancer conference where researchers were discussing the effect of alcohol. I had sat through a couple of hours of doom and gloom when, right at the end, one of them mentioned that taking a folic acid supplement appeared to reduce the associated risks. So, on the way home, I bought a jar of folic acid tablets and a bottle of wine to celebrate. I’ve been...

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