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?

Toddlers' TV habits linked to size

Toddlers' TV-viewing habits have a direct impact on their fitness and fatness in later childhood, a study has shown.

James Thomlinson: 'I get wheezy walking in London. If I want to live longer, I'll need to move'

Court to force clean up of UK's air pollution

Defra accused of doing nothing to meet looming EU deadline despite 30,000 premature deaths

Breastfeeding 'cuts obesity risk'

Mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk of obesity decades later, research has shown.

IoS letters, emails & online postings (24 June 2012)

Ed Miliband's mission to break the European "grip of centre-right austerity" is a desirable aim, but now that confidence in the Opposition leader and Shadow Chancellor exceeds that of Cameron and Osborne, he must set out a radical plan for growth ("Cameron is the last gasp of the old guard", 17 June).

Warning over child obesity extent

The number of children suffering from obesity could be greater than official figures show, research has revealed.

Lisa Markwell: It's worth it to spare the torment of a 'no hair day'

There's a football tournament on, I believe, but the only way in which this impinges on my life – other than the interest required professionally – is that it affords me the opportunity to study Wayne Rooney's hair transplant in close-up.

Lack of sleep poses stroke risk

Regularly getting less than six hours' sleep a night may raise the risk of stroke in middle age.

Western living 'fuels cancer rates'

Unhealthy Western ways of living are likely to fuel a massive surge in cancer rates around the world, experts have claimed.

Caesarean births are linked to childhood obesity, says new report

Babies born by Caesarean section are twice as likely to be obese in childhood, researchers claim.

Research has suggested that dieting during pregnancy could reduce complications for women and lead to healthier babies

Now dieting in pregnancy is good for you

Study finds losing weight benefits mother and child, overturning decades of advice

Children should be taught how to grow and cook their own food at school as part of the national curriculum, MPs will say today

Teach children to grow food and cook it, MPs urge

Children should be taught how to grow and cook their own food at school as part of the national curriculum, to encourage them to eat more healthily as adults, MPs will say today.

Wide berth: Childhood obesity rates are rising fast

New UK obesity centre offers surgery to teens

London hospital says treatment is necessary to fight epidemic among children

Waist-height ratio is 'best test of obesity'

There is more than one way to know whether you’re dangerously fat or not, but put down your calculator as new research suggests that the humble measuring tape is all you need.

Warning over 'tsunami of pain' as osteoarthritis cases soar

Britain is facing a "tsunami" of pain as the number of osteoarthritis cases soars in the future, a leading expert has warned.

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