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!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML+RDFa 1.0//EN” “http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/DTD/xhtml-rdfa-1.dtd”> Increased consumption of high-calorie processed foods and a shift towards sedentary lifestyles has resulted in an increasing rounder population across the world. We are in the grip of a global epidemic. It is estimated that by 2020, obesity will be the single biggest killer on the planet. Obesity rates have risen at least threefold since 1980 in some areas of North America, the UK, Eastern Europe, West Asia, the Pacific Islands, Australasia and China. Developing countries like India are facing a dual health burden, with obesity coexisting with malnutrition. A survey of 83,000 Indian women found that although 33% of them were malnourished, 12% were overweight or obese. Of particular concern is increasing child obesity, especially in Asia. Urbanisation in China has led to harvesting an unhealthy lifestyle — the Chinese government says one in 10 city-dwelling children suffers from obesity. In Japan, obesity among nine-year-old children has tripled. While we do not have consolidated figures for India, doctors say they are witnessing a clear trend toward...

Emerging Research Shows Loneliness Could Aggravate Heart Disease

If you already have an account, please enter your details below. If you don’t have one yet, please sign up first. (Newswire.net — May 27, 2019) Orlando, FL — Scientists have been conducting studies to explore more of heart disease development and cure. There are also researchers who try to see what factors can worsen the condition. They found that social isolation can heighten the risk of a heart attack for individuals living with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. In this study, the cardiovascular patients were more susceptible to have a recurring stroke or heart attack if they were socially isolated. Scientists analyze data from 480,000 people aged between 40 and 69, who were all part of the UK Biobank study between 2007 and 2010. They gathered information like educational attainment, ethnic background, household income, and lifestyle choices. These choices include whether or not smoked or drank alcohol, as well as their exercise habits. It was found 9 percent of the respondents were socially isolated. There were also 6 percent who were lonely, and 1 percent were both. They also tended to have other underlying conditions and were smokers. Lonely people, on...