Tag - obesity



Dec 23, 2014
Making obesity a disability will only fuel problem
The decision by Europe's highest court that obesity can be a disability will only give the many overweight people in rich countries legal grounds to feel righteous about their condition, regardless of its causes.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Dec 19, 2014
South Africa struggles to tackle obesity
At lunchtime outside South Africa's biggest shopping mall, hungry workmen in hard hats pour out of a building site to buy cheap loaves of bread and jumbo bottles of fizzy drinks.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 9, 2014
Scientists find brain mechanism behind glucose greed
British scientists have found a brain mechanism they think may drive our desire for glucose-rich food and say the discovery could one day lead to better treatments for obesity.
Dec 6, 2014
Americans becoming fatter, sicker, poorer
The epidemic of fat in the United States is so great that more than one in five Americans is said to be too heavy to enlist in the armed services.
Jun 7, 2014
Global obesity: a growing crisis
A new global study showing that one-third of the world is now overweight shows that a global health crisis is imminent unless urgent steps are taken. For what it's worth, Japanese adults are the least obese among the industrialized countries.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2014
Life indoors exacts toll on Koriyama children
Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the ruined Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, barely know what it's like to play outside — fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 7, 2013
Obesity raises heart attack risk
Obesity raises the chance of a heart attack regardless of whether a person has the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, according to a study that challenges previous beliefs.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 7, 2013
Obesity drops among low-income U.S. preschoolers after decades-long rise
After decades of rising, obesity rates among low-income U.S. preschoolers declined broadly from 2008 to 2011, according to a federal report released Tuesday that offered the first glimpse of good news for children considered among the most vulnerable to the disease's health risks.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 17, 2013
Body fat sheds calories when chilled
Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like a fantasy — the ultimate form of weight control — but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Jun 7, 2013
U.S. baby boomers kill selves at high rate
Last spring, Frank Turkaly tried to kill himself. A retiree in a Pittsburgh suburb living on disability checks, he was estranged from friends and family, mired in credit card debt and taking medication for depression, cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 8, 2013
Sleep deprivation has genetic consequences
Hey, you, yawning at 2 in the afternoon. Your genes feel it, too.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 31, 2013
Schools have knack for healthy meals
In Japan, school lunch means a regular meal, not one that harms your health. The food is grown locally and almost never frozen. There's no mystery behind the meat. From time to time, parents even call up with an unusual question: Can they get the recipes?


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals