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Visceral politics: obesity and children’s embodied experiences of food and hunger

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The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More

Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More

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Big Soda muddies science, politics

The American Beverage Association’s Let’s Clear It Up site is a one-stop shop for all your burning beverage, marketing, and health questions: MYTH High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) causes obesity and diabetes. FACT Actually, the American Medical Association has concluded that HFCS, a common liquid sweetener made from corn, is not a unique contributor to either obesity or type 2 diabetes. In fact, HFCS is so similar to sucrose (table sugar) that your body can’t tell the difference between the two, and processes both in the same way. Despite its name, HFCS it is not high in fructose and, just like sucrose, it is a combination of two simple sugars – glucose and fructose.


News in the Humanosphere: Hunger falls by nearly one-third in developing countries

Hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with Central African Republic, Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels, according to the 2016 Global Hunger Index.


Did Peru’s CCT program halve its stunting rate?

On September 30, the Guardian ran several articles (see here, here, and an editorial here) linking the halving of Peru’s stunting rate (from 28 to 14% between mid-2000s and 2015) to its CCT program Juntos. Of course, it is great to hear that the share of stunted children in Peru declined dramatically over a short period. However, as I know that while CCT programs (conditional or not) have been successful in improving various outcomes including child health, the effect sizes are never this dramatic, I was curious to see whether the decline was part of a secular trend in Peru or actually could be attributed primarily to Juntos…


Child dehydration test outperforms WHO standard

The ‘DHAKA score’ assesses dehydration in diarrhoea-affected children best, says new study.


A cross-sectional study of physical activity and sedentary behaviours in a Caribbean…

Current understanding of population physical activity (PA) levels and sedentary behaviour in developing countries is limited, and based primarily on self-report.


Child Stunting Is Humanitarian, Economic Issue

The Guardian: The Guardian view on stunting: malnutrition is holding millions of children back Editorial Board “…Though stunting is a physical measure, and is associated with the increased risk of some chronic diseases such as diabetes in [the] future, it is also an important indicator that [children’s] mental development may have been affected. … Malnourished…More


To dance or not to dance? A comparison of balance, physical fitness and quality of life in…

The objective of this study is to determine if older adults regularly participating in Irish set dancing have superior balance, physical fitness and quality of life compared to age-matched controls.


Personal trainers are confident in their ability to provide nutrition care: a cross-sectional…

To measure the self-perceived competence of Australian personal trainers in providing nutrition care.


Context matters! The relationship between mother-reported family nutrition climate, general…

Efforts to explain children’s nutrition behavior or weight often involve investigating the parent-child relationship, typically studying the associations between food parenting practices (FPPs) and child outco…


Visceral politics: obesity and children’s embodied experiences of food and hunger

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The MRI evidence in favor of cash transfers

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On July 15th, 2016, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and co-founder of the non-governmental organization Partners in Health, presented striking evidence Read More


Testing the activitystat hypothesis: a randomised controlled trial

It has been hypothesised that an ‘activitystat’ may biologically regulate energy expenditure or physical activity levels, thereby limiting the effectiveness of physical activity interventions.


Weekday-weekend patterns of physical activity and screen time in parents and their…

This study focuses on the comparison of weekday/weekend parent-child behavioural patterns (step count (SC) and screen time (ST)) and answers the question of whether achieving the recommendations for daily SC (…


Up To Half Million People Malnourished In Nigeria’s Borno State, MSF Warns

NPR: They’re Caught In A Crisis That Isn’t Hitting The Headlines “…Malnutrition is at a catastrophic level in northeastern Nigeria, … says Doctors Without Borders. According to the medical aid group, the number of malnourished people could be as high as half a million. Children are starving — and dying. Thousands of these displaced people…More


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