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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?

Exercise before breakfast 'is better than after a meal', finds study

Exercising on an empty stomach could be better for you than doing so after a meal, according to a study.

End to calorie confusion as standardised food labelling system is announced for supermarkets

Health campaigners today welcomed a new Government-backed food labelling system which will standardise the baffling array of front-of-pack designs which have confused shoppers for years.

Revealed: Factors that increase risk of dying from prostate cancer for men

High blood pressure increases a man's risk of dying from prostate cancer, a study has shown.

Obesity operations should not be a 'quick fix' - we're failing to tackle the real problem

Research has shown that obesity surgery patients don't receive the appropriate care to ensure lifestyle changes pre and post-operation.

Healthy weight could cut cancers

More than 22,000 cases of cancer every year could be prevented if the whole population was a healthy weight, researchers said.

Healthy living 'benefits over-75s'

Living a healthy lifestyle into old age can extend your innings by up to six years, research has shown.

Leading article: Of fat – and ministerial feebleness

The London Olympics have shown human beings at the peak of their fitness and capabilities, and now the Paralympics are about to do the same.

Obesity was found to have an increasingly negative impact on performance in memory and reasoning tests over a 12-year period

Obesity in middle age linked to higher dementia risk

Study also suggests cognitive ability could be impaired earlier in overweight adults

Leading article: The days of our lives

London 2012 is a triumph of new Britain – of all ages, colours and backgrounds

Daniel Howden: In Nairobi, business is booming in the gleaming new branches of KFC

The city's new plazas are full of South African fast-food outlets copying those in the US

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa took control of McDonald's stores in South Africa last year

Away from the famines, Africa confronts a new killer: obesity

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.

Dirty old town: exercise early or very late to avoid pollution, say experts

Beat the smog

There's nothing sweeter than the smug feeling that you're getting the better of the rat race. While your fellow commuters struggle in on the bus, you sail by on your bike or jog along overtaking them at every traffic jam on your way to work. But what if instead of doing your body a favour, you're really exposing it to dangerous air pollution?

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
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Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
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