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?

Alice Jones: Switch off your brain, your plate is about to speak

IHMO: Talking plates don't fit well with the Government's much-trumpeted "nudge theory"

'Overweight' Tevez gets Argentina coach's support

Carlos Tevez's lack of fitness cost him a place in the Argentina squad for their friendlies in Asia but he is still central to their thinking, new coach Alejandro Sabella said yesterday.

Poor sleep 'poses health risks'

Poor sleep quality greatly increases the risk of high blood pressure in older men, a study has found.

Leading article: The case for a fat tax

Tobacco has wreaked its havoc across the world. Now the food industry is following in its wake. Calorie-dense, tasty fast food has spread round the globe in the last four decades, changing dietary habits and leading to an epidemic of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. What can be done? It is time to take a leaf out of tobacco's book and bring in a fat tax. In the UK the idea of imposing extra VAT on burgers, chips and sweets was floated by Downing Street in 2004. It was vetoed by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, on the grounds that it would disproportionately fall on the poor.

Diet book for girls as young as six provokes outrage from doctors

The book is about a fat girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being insecure to being a school football star

Leading article: Diets: not for children

A diet book for six-year-olds is shortly to be published in the United States and will soon find its way across the Atlantic. Predictably, nutrition experts are throwing up their hands in alarm. Between the ages of six and 12 is a prime time for the emergence of anorexia, which can develop into a lifelong, and sometimes fatal, condition.

Chances of getting bowel cancer double

The risk of getting bowel cancer and the chances of surviving it have both doubled in a generation.

Tom Sutcliffe: Consumer choice is what's making kids fat

Social Studies: The PR company promoting Change4Life also has Kentucky Fried Chicken, PepsiCo, Mars and Pizza Hut on its client list

Deborah Ross: This shampoo scandal just can't go on

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Fast food 'exclusion zone' set up

A council will help protect children from obesity by setting up 400m "exclusion zones" around its schools to block new fast food takeaways from opening.

Diabetes: Cases double in 30 years - and the outlook is bleak

Nearly one in 10 adults now has the disease, according to major study

Amaechi wants his OBE to inspire

Former NBA player John Amaechi hopes his OBE for services to basketball can inspire other British prospects.

Rise in obesity sees resurgence in heart attacks

It sits behind the ribs pumping 100,000 times a day to carry nourishment to the furthest extremities of the body. But the heart is vulnerable to the excesses of a Western lifestyle.

Energy drinks make children fat, not fit, says study

Parents are are making their children fat and ruining their teeth by buying them sports or energy drinks and should give them water instead, doctors have warned.

Drug regulator accused of harming patients with secrecy

Scientists say data must be released to allow the true benefits and harms of drugs to be independently assessed
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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