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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?

Mizzy the massive mastiff takes on rotund rabbit and corpulent cat for diet challenge

Five-year-old dog weighs more than the average UK woman

Persisted heartburn sufferers urged to visit doctor to rule out cancer

Cancer Research figures show oesophageal cancer has doubled in the last 30 years

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The health gap: New mortality rates show how the north loses out to the south

New mortality data highlights serious divisions across England but is intended to help councils improve public health

Indian homeless eat food at a feeding programme for the poor in Hyderabad

Malnutrition costing the world trillions a year, says UN report

Malnutrition now costs the world $3.5 trillion (£2.3 trn) – or $500 for every person– in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations has warned.

Experts hope the plan will encourage young people to eat more healthily

Pupils face takeaway ban in bid to fight childhood obesity

Restaurant owners in Salford hit out over proposals to restrict sale of hot food to children

Dress provocatively? Overweight? You're not 'asking for trouble' nor are you the root of the problem

We shouldn't ask women to change the way they dress so as to safeguard themselves, just as children shouldn't have to lose weight so as not to attract bullies

Baroness Grey-Thompson said very few girls today competed in wheelchair racing, as she did

Take disabled sport seriously, urges Baroness Grey-Thompson

Former Paralympian says many disabled children still 'sent to the library' during school PE lessons

Today’s generation of schoolchildren are being set on a path towards future illness by parents who insist on driving them to school, according to a new report being released to mark Walk to School Week

The school run is a health time bomb, report warns, at start of Walk to School Week

Today’s generation of schoolchildren are being set on a path towards future illness by parents who insist on driving them to school, according to a new report being released today to mark Walk to School Week.

Underweight children face health problems too, warn experts

There may be far more underweight children in Britain than thought, researchers say today, warning that those who are too thin may face a greater threat to their health than those who are too fat.

Sweetened soft drinks contain a lot of calories which contribute to overweight and obesity, which in turn is a cause of diabetes

One can of fizzy drink a day increases Type 2 diabetes risk by a fifth

Western lifestyles blamed as one in 20 UK adults now thought to suffer from the disease

Visitors look at a scale model of an Airbus A350 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013 in Hamburg

'McPassengers' to be offered extra-wide seats

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is to offer extra-wide seats to cater for super-sized passengers in an effort to match “trends in demographics.”

The younger generation is 15 years ahead of the older generation on the pathway to increasing frailty, disability and ill health

Old before their time: Britons now ageing quicker than their parents

Poor diet and lack of exercise blamed for increase in obesity, blood pressure and diabetes

The rise in the number of overweight children in Britain may be as much to do with their genes as their diet and exercise levels

Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity

Scientists identify four DNA variations which may explain why some children become obese

Joey Barton could play tonight as Marseille look to move on from 'ladyboy' incident

English midfielder tweeted abuse about Thiago Silva

The Last Word: Cabinet dunces fail the test on benefits of school sport

Studies show it improves learning and reduces obesity, but government thinking dictates cuts

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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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