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A metrobus driver performs squats at Rio de los Remedios metrobus station in Mexico. To combat growing obesity, lawmakers have introduced a new campaign encouraging physical activity. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Fitness versus fatness: which matters more?

For many obese people, the message that physical activity is more important than managing weight is not only unhelpful but also not true.
The dimpling of cellulite is caused by alterations to the layer of fat beneath the skin. wckiw/Shutterstock

Health Check: what is cellulite?

Most women (85%) and a small number of men have cellulite, usually on the thighs, buttocks and upper arms. It's a normal pattern of fat for people of all shapes and sizes.
Cutting your kilojoule intake by 2,000kJ a day will help you lose 5kg – a clothes size – in three months. Lindsay Széchényi/Flickr

Health Check: ten ways to save 2,000 kilojoules and drop a clothes size

Want to drop a dress or pants size? Then losing five kilograms, or about 5% of your body weight will help that zipper start to close with ease. In case you need another reason, keeping a small amount of…
Daily kilojoule requirements are based on many variables, and no two people are the same across all of these parameters. Sarah Horrigan/Flickr

Health Check: how to work out how much food you should eat

Dietary guidelines broadly recommend a daily intake of 10,000 kilojoules (2,400 calories) for men and 8,000 kilojoules (1,900 calories) for women. But what do these figures mean in the context of the number…

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