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How much time should you spend sitting versus standing?


People have a pretty intuitive sense of what is healthy – standing is better than sitting, exercise is great for overall health and getting good sleep is imperative. However, if exercise in the evening may disrupt our sleep, or make us feel the need to be more sedentary to recover, a… Read


Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’ among teenagers?


The social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s new book "The Anxious Generation" delivers an urgent call for action. Haidt argues that the evidence is in. Teenagers’ widespread use of smartphones is causing a mental health crisis. Individual, collective and legislative action is required to limit their smartphone access. Haidt begins his book with an allegory.… Read


Wiping out polio not guaranteed; support needed, Bill Gates says


Success in the fight to wipe out polio is not guaranteed, according to tech billionaire turned philanthropist Bill Gates, whose foundation has poured billions into the effort. Gates warned against complacency in tackling the deadly viral disease as he welcomed a $500 million pledge from Saudi Arabia this week to… Read


Drugs like Ozempic won’t ‘cure’ obesity but they might make us more fat-phobic


Many have declared drugs like Ozempic could “end obesity” by reducing the appetite and waistlines of millions of people around the world. When we look past the hype, this isn’t just untrue – it can also be harmful. The focus on weight, as opposed to health, is a feature of diet culture. This… Read


I want to eat healthily. So why do I crave sugar, salt and carbs?


We all want to eat healthily, especially as we reset our health goals at the start of a new year. But sometimes these plans are sabotaged by powerful cravings for sweet, salty or carb-heavy foods. So why do you crave these foods when you’re trying to improve your diet or… Read


How much weight do you actually need to lose? It might be a lot less than you think


If you’re one of the those people whose New Year’s resolution involved losing weight, it’s likely you’re now contemplating what weight-loss goal you should actually be working toward. But type “setting a weight loss goal” into any online search engine and you’ll likely be left with more questions than answers. Sure,… Read


People in the world’s ‘blue zones’ live longer – their diet could hold the key to why


Aging is an inevitable part of life, which may explain our strong fascination with the quest for longevity. The allure of eternal youth drives a multi-billion pound industry ranging from anti-aging products, supplements and diets for those hoping to extend their lifespan. If you look back to the turn of the 20th century, average life expectancy in the UK… Read


What does weight-inclusive health care mean?


Weight-inclusive health care means a focus on better health with no weight loss required. This includes practices such as eating for overall well-being rather than for the number of calories. It may also include prioritizing activities to reduce stress, avoiding smoking, drinking less alcohol and striving to be physically active in… Read


Loneliness is a major public health problem – and young people are bearing the brunt of it


Writing in the Week, journalist Theara Coleman has declared 2023 “the year of the loneliness epidemic”. In May, the U.S. surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, said loneliness posed a public health risk on a par with smoking and drinking. “It’s like hunger or thirst,” Murthy said. “It’s a feeling the body sends us when… Read


AI can already diagnose depression better than a doctor and tell you which treatment is best


Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat illness. It could be particularly helpful for depression because it could make more accurate diagnoses and determine which treatments are more likely to work. Some 20% of us will have depression at least once in our lifetimes. Around the… Read

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