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As cities in developing countries - like Lagos in Nigeria, pictured here - grow, so do obesity risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Developing countries could get sick before they get rich. Policy can help

Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.
While office workers often worry they sit too long while on the job, research suggests standing at work increases the risk of heart disease. (Shutterstock)

Standing too much at work can double your risk of heart disease

Annoyed you don't have a sit-stand desk? Spare a thought for those workers who have to stand all day: Standing may double the risk of heart disease.
Too much sitting may increase the risk of developing diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and it may even cause premature death. morir soñando/Flickr

Health Check: the low-down on standing desks

More people are getting standing desks in response to our increasing knowledge about the harms of sedentary lifestyles. But can you transition to standing at work without causing yourself harm?
Desk-based office workers should spend at least two hours of their working day standing or moving. Tim Caynes/Flickr

Office workers, stand up from your desk for two hours a day

We've known for some time that too much sitting increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. But until now it's been unclear how much standing during the work day may counter this risk.
Australian kids are falling behind their international peers in fundamental movement skills. Jason Devaun

Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international…
Current guidelines ignore the fact that young Australians use screens for homework, social media and entertainment. Andrew Plumb/Flickr

Two-hour screen limit for kids is virtually impossible to enforce

It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer…
If you’re completely inactive just walking to the shops will help. Alain Limoges/Flickr

Something’s better than nothing when it comes to keeping active

Two articles published in today’s issue of The BMJ argue physical activity guidelines should focus on getting inactive people…
Australia tops the world for physical activity-friendly built environments but ranks second last for levels of children’s activity. drpavlof/Flickr

Australia vying to be world champion of inactivity

If we could go back 100 years in a time machine, what would kids be like? They’d be shorter, leaner, probably dirtier and less well-fed — but would they be fitter? It turns out we actually have a beautiful…
The geographic setting of where you live is important for health in a number of ways. Daniel Pietzsch/Flickr

You are where you live: health, wealth and the built environment

Socioeconomic disadvantage and its impact on where we live and work (and how we get between the two), has enormous implications for health and well-being. But the picture is not as clear cut as many people…
Excessive exercise places a significant load on the heart that can result in temporary reductions in function. Ian Hunter

Rest up! Too much exercise could send you to an early grave

Exercise is said to foster better health and well-being as well as increasing life expectancy. But you can have too much of a good thing, it seems, as evidence shows that there may an optimal level of…
Office workers should spend less time sitting and more time standing, experts say. AAP/Alan Porritt

Stand up for your life: sitting can be a death sentence

Adults who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are at a 40% increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with…
Sedentary lifestyles are a bigger threat than you might realise. Bob Elderberry

Get up, stand up – if not you’ll be a sitting duck

Most of us know that overweight and obesity have reached crisis proportions in Australia but fewer people realise the death toll attributable to inactivity (13,491 a year) is even greater than the deaths…

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