Life and Style Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

The KSR2 gene reduces the ability of cells to metabolise glucose and fatty acids

Lidl chucks out checkout sweets, but not because the supermarket is worried for our health

The hysteria around obesity in this country is starting to get silly

The National Obesity Forum wants health officials to introduce awareness campaigns

Claim that half overweight by 2050 ‘underestimates obesity problem’

The UK is in danger of surpassing the 'doomsday scenario' portrayed in the 2007 report

'Chicken McNuggets' at a McDonalds fast-food restaurant in Yichang, central China's Hubei province

World hunger has dropped greatly – but what do we do about the planet’s expanding waistline?

Body mass index rises alongside economic growth

Slim, unfit men are 'less likely' to suffer heart attacks than fit obese men

Heart attack risk is also lessened in men who exercise in their teen years

A bagel contains a whole cube of sugar

'Sugar is the new tobacco': Cuts to amounts hidden in food could halt obesity epidemic, claim doctors

Experts aim to emulate the reduction in salt levels in our diet

Childhood obesity rates are rising fast

10-year-old girl weighs 22 stone as Birmingham faces obesity epidemic

A 10-year-old Birmingham schoolgirl has highlighted the obesity epidemic facing the city - weighing in at 22 stone 11 lbs.

Fast food is the 'unhealthy choice', McDonald's tells its own staff

Fast food restaurant McDonald’s has advised its own staff that a burger, fries and soft drink is an “unhealthy choice”.

10 stone five-year-old taken into care

The girl who should have weighed three stone was seized by Newport social workers last summer

Yes to Counselling and weight-loss plans, but doctors must ensure they treat each case of obesity individually

As new guidelines are issues in the US, specialist causes must not be overlooked

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urged his police chief today to release a video that media reports say show him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine

Drugs are bad, but being fat is worse in public eye

Unattractive designer Karl Lagerfeld has for years been rude about non-skinny females

Sure you can tell your child they are fat. If you want them to live a lifetime of insecurity

If your child is overweight and it impacts their health there is action you should take. But that shouldn't involve inflicting the misery of body-awareness and calorie counting

Public health minister Jane Ellison will be urging construction workers to 'get into shape'

The cheek of it! New health minister’s crackdown on builder’s bum

Jane Ellison has announced her first priority is urging construction workers to 'get into shape'

Pregnancy pounds linked to obesity

Piling on pounds during pregnancy can lead to overweight children and might be contributing to rising obesity rates, research suggests.

One in 10 adults in deprived parts of Britain have diabetes, new figures show

People in deprived parts of England are twice as likely to have diabetes as those in wealthier areas, according to new figures

Footballer Ledley King coaches children last month. Many children don’t get enough exercise

Childhood obesity obsession masks fitness 'time bomb'

Nearly half Year 11 pupils are unfit says 'frightening' study, sparking calls for action

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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