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?

'Sleep diet' may be the best way to slim says research

A “sleep diet” may be the best way to slim for someone with an inherited tendency to put on weight, research suggests.

Sugar warning for 'healthy drinks'

People are underestimating sugar levels in drinks which are perceived to be "healthy" options, according to new research.

Campaign launched to combat rising levels of obesity

Surgeons, psychiatrists, paediatricians and GPs launched a campaign today to battle rising levels of obesity, saying current strategies are not working.

Letters: School meals

We must nourish poorer children

Height linked to ovarian cancer

Tall women are at greater risk of ovarian cancer, new research has shown.

Bigger waistlines linked to rise in kidney cancer

Expanding waistlines are blamed today for soaring rates of kidney cancer which have more than doubled since the 1970s.

More than half the ground beef sold in America contains 'pink slime'

'Pink slime' meat continues to cause unsavoury row in the US

Take a cow. Chop it into pieces. Sell the immediately edible bits to supermarkets, ship its hide to a handbag factory, and send leftover bones and internal organs to some sort of rendering plant.

More than half the ground beef sold in America contains 'pink slime'

Nutrition: America awakens to the sour taste of 'pink slime'

The meat product that's in all kinds of US food is causing a very unsavoury row

Chocolate 'can help keep you slim'

Far from piling on the pounds, a chocolate habit can help keep you slim, new research suggests.

Pofessor Greg Whyte: Fat is not an Olympic legacy issue, fitness is

The global pandemic of obesity that blights developed nations has driven a national obsession which has demonised fat and created a "fatist" society. For over two decades we have been subjected to a media vilification of those who dare to carry a few extra pounds and an incessant diatribe of diet propaganda purporting to possess the panacea for health.

Liver disease deaths reach record levels

Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels after rising 25 per cent in a decade.

Chemicals in plastic linked to rise in obesity and diabetes

Man-made chemicals present in homes, schools, offices, cars and food are probably contributing to the sharp rise in obesity and diabetes in western societies, according to a review of scientific literature published today.

Terence Blacker: Overweight, overexposed and over here

There is, as usual, a belt-busting amount of fat-related news this week. Which? magazine accused the Government of failing to defuse the UK's famous ticking obesity time bomb. The title of Slimming Couple of the Year was awarded to Simon and Tracy Bartlett (pictured), who shed 15 stone in 18 months. And at the annual conference of the American Heart Association, the result of a major survey was announced. Sitting in front of a TV for several hours every day is, stunned delegates were told, likely to make you fat.

Terence Blacker: Overweight, overexposed and over here

TV makes overeating and then starving oneself into inspirational drama
Police in the future will face shuttle run tests throughout terms of service. Anyone who fails three times is subject to disciplinary proceedings and loss of pay

Strong arm of the law

New plans to modernise the police force would see officers fitter, smarter – and having and work for less. Paul Peachey reports

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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