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?

Morbidly obese two-year-old from Saudi Arabia youngest person to have gastric bypass surgery

The child had a Body Mass Index of 41 had continued to gain weight despite efforts to control his diet

Obstructive sleep apnoea can prevent sufferers from getting sufficient sleep

Britain ‘lagging behind’ in treatment for sleep disorder

‘Lack of awareness’ about debilitating complaint from which Ed Miliband suffered

Campaign launched as nine in 10 people blame junk food at checkouts for obesity epidemic

Junk food at the till: Can supermarkets be trusted to help us eat better?

Public pressure might make these giant stores reshape their design

The Weekend’s Viewing: British detective dramas come and go, but few are as creepily compelling as What Remains

What Remains, Sun, BBC1/ America’s Stoned Kids, Sat, BBC2

Raising an obese child isn't child abuse - and blaming the parents won't solve the problem

Are we genuinely interested in tackling the complicated issue of increasing obesity in our young people, or do we just want to have someone to blame?

Children of obese mothers 'more likely to die young'

Children born to obese mothers are 35 per cent more likely to die before they reach 55, a study has found.

Unhealthy lifestyles will see British children die before their parents

Research from British Heart Foundation warns of health problems affecting a generation, from lack of exercise to dietary issues

Obesity a growing problem as figures show 10-year-olds weighing over 20 stones

Figures revealing children with levels of body fat far above what is considered a healthy range have outlined the scale of England's childhood obesity problem.

Letters to parents warning that their children are overweight will be toned down

‘Overweight child’ letters given a more positive spin

Letters to parents warning that their children are overweight will be toned down, after complaints that the wording was too upsetting.

Film review: Paradise: Hope (15)

Completing a trilogy begun with Love and continued in Faith, this is the gentlest and most amenable of Ulrich Seidl's dramas of female sexuality. Thirteen-year-old Melanie (Melanie Lenz) is spending the summer at an Austrian diet camp where "discipline" is the watchword for the tubby teen inmates.

A pill that does the exercise for you? Let's hope lazy, overweight people don't take advantage

The problem is that it won't just be used by disabled people. It will also be used by fat people who cannot be bothered to jog. And that bothers me.

Body mass index (BMI) divides your weight by your height

'One size fits all' BMI index may be wrongly applied by doctors for ethnic groups, says NICE

Some minorities could miss out on treatment for weight-related conditions such as diabetes

Weighing it up: The high cost of childcare means that many parents rely on older – and less physically active – family members to look after the young

Grandma doesn't always know best when it comes to a child's diet

It may be cheap, but getting your parents to look after your children may be storing up trouble, Roger Dobson discovers

The top ten: Visual clichés

Mark Wallace asked if I could add pictures to my Banned List of clichés, and nominated the first here. Lloyd Bracey, who teaches TV journalists, persuaded me to ban reporters referencing stormy waters, for example, over footage of the sea. But this is different. This is about reaching for the most obvious image with which to illustrate an abstract subject.

The 'traffic light' system will replace the various labels that are already in place

Plans for new food labelling to combat UK obesity are dealt blow as Cadbury and Coca-Cola reject 'traffic light' system

All major UK supermarkets have already signed up to the voluntary food labelling scheme

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links