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 News Matrix: Monday 25 March 2013

Leader deposed as rebels storm capital

World Sleep Day: It isn’t just overweight middle-aged men who are at risk from sleep apnoea

Addressing the problem of obstructive sleep apnoea in this country should be a great success story – but so far, it isn’t

Bobby from London, who is 65% overweight

Pet slimming competition launched to highlight animal obesity problem

Animal charity PDSA has launched its annual pet slimming competition in order to find the UK's fattest pets - and help them get fit.

Three in five people are overweight

The national obesity epidemic is now so severe that fewer than two in five adults in England are a "normal weight", according to new research.

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We are what we eat, and what we eat has to be a matter of free choice

Apparently 60 per cent of the British population is officially obese - but does that mean we should add tax or make bad foods harder to find?

Surgeons suggest the report demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of early weight-loss treatment

'The greatest public health crisis affecting the UK': Doctors demand curbs on fizzy drinks and fast food

A tax on fizzy drinks, a limit on fast food outlets near schools and child nutritional advice for new parents are urgently required to help address spiralling levels of obesity, doctors have demanded.

Overeating and obesity to blame for medical disorders, NOT plastics chemical found in body

Modern Western diet could be factor in health problems associated with an increase in exposure to bisphenol A

Out of proportion? We're surprised by fat rich kids, yet expect it of the poor

One study claiming middle-class children are more obese than working-class peers has upset expectations. But it's those expectations that need a close, hard look

Pepsico: In 2009 the softdrink maker spent $9m lobbying US Congress, according to the US Senate Office of Public Records. Filings with the Federal Elections Commission show that in the 2008 election cycle the company’s Political Action Committee, the so-called Concerned Citizen Fund alone contributed $547,700 to candidates for federal office

Junk science: food companies accused of using tobacco’s tricks to protect profits

New report claims that multinationals are using manipulative tactics that undermine public health

Men who watch more than 20 hours of television a week risk halving their sperm count, researchers warn

The power of TV: watching 20 hours a week halves sperm count, according to new study

Men who watch more than 20 hours of television a week risk halving their sperm count, researchers warn.

Page 3 Profile: Anna Soubry, Conservative MP

Another attack on junk food?

Eating lunch al-desko? It's disgusting says controversial health minister Anna Soubry

Minister for public health described Britain as having a 'weird' relationship with food and called on people to take the time to cook their own meals

Diet has long informed how society perceives weight and body image

In the last 50 years our diet has been transformed. From boiled beef and carrots to a Big Mac and fries, we have moved from a world of shortages and post-war rationing to one of overabundance.

A fat lot of good that will do: minister loses health argument by stereotyping the poor

Anna Soubry may have thought she was making an innocent observation about the nature of society when she declared that she could recognise the poor because they were fat.

Public health minister is right - deprived families are more likely to be obese and we have to intervene

If young people aren't educated about healthy eating, they'll grow up following their parents' bad habits

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