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Watching too much TV could kill you, warns study

Adults who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, said a startling new study. The research in the Journal of the American Heart Association is the latest

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Oman plans $1.3bn healthcare spending

Oman has set aside $3.38 billion in its 2014 healthcare budget, more than double the $1.3 billion spent last year, in part to sharpen its focus on combating non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, said a report.

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Centre offers new approach to tackle obesity

Bahrain-based Dream Body Centre (DBC), a 23-minute weight loss and fitness centre, is introducing a new approach to tackle the growing obesity issue in the kingdom. The new dance class named “Raqs23!”, which is the fir

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World's weighty problem: 2 billion obese

Obesity is imposing an increasingly heavy burden on the world's population in rich and poor nations alike, with almost 30 percent of people globally now either obese or overweight - a staggering 2.1 billion in all, researchers said.

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Economic decline 'leads to obesity rise'

The rate of obesity continues to climb across the world's most developed countries, with certain nations and groups of people such as women and the poor hit harder by the recent economic crisis, the OECD said. While rates are

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Taxes on unhealthy food 'vital to fight obesity'

Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to global health than the increasingly regulated sale of tobacco and governments should move fast to tax harmful food products, a United Nations investigator said on Monday. In a statement issue

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Obesity rate at 72pc among Saudi adults

More than 72 per cent of Saudi Arabian adults over 40 are overweight, while there is an 18 per cent obesity rate among children, a report said. About 50 per cent of Saudi women and a third of men do not take up any physical activi

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Cut sugar intake drastically urges WHO

Adults should eat less than the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to sugary diets, the World Health Organisation said. Issuing draft guidelines ca

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New food labels to combat obesity

Packaged foods sold in the US would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to redu

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Obesity becoming the new norm in Europe

Being overweight is so common in Europe that it risks becoming "the new norm", with around a third of teenagers now heavier than is recommended for their health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report. In a

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