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Fast food and urban lifestyles bring scourge of the developed world to a changing continent

New wonder drug to tackle obesity

A new drug that combats “the munchies” could provide a long-lasting solution to weight loss, say researchers.

London 2012: Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury given 'unrivalled platform' to promote unhealthy brands at Olympics

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s are being given an “unrivalled platform” to promote unhealthy brands and products at the Olympics, says a new study.

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