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Studies suggest friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese people are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves. Barry/Flickr

Beware, a ‘non-communicable’ disease may be socially infectious

The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.
Non-communicable diseases were responsible for 38 million (68%) of the world’s 56 million deaths in 2012. Dave/Flickr

Global report shows how to beat the world’s biggest killers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers…
In the last three decades, obesity has increased in almost every country in the world, among adults and children alike. Great Beyond/Flickr

More than two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese

An new analysis of world population data shows the number of people across the world who are overweight or obese has grown by 28% in adults and 47% in children in the last 33 years. Among high-income countries…
Coke has apparently shared the Olympic ideals since 1928. Michael Francis McCarthy

Olympics sponsorship: supporting sport or funding fat?

What does the Olympics stand for: is it the inspiration for a healthier, sportier community? Or is it just another way to sell junk food and booze to an ever-fatter, ever-drunker population of couch potatoes…
More people live in cities than ever before. We can’t solve problems of sustainability and health without fixing them. Bill Hertha

Rio+20: Human health, wellbeing and survival depend on the future of cities

The secretary-general of the United Nations’ (first) Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Maurice Strong, famously declared that if our planet is to remain a hospitable and sustainable home for the human species…
Psychological influences on weight problems are extremely important, but are often overlooked. vistavision

Knowledge is power… but it won’t help you lose weight

Researchers have been telling us for decades that being overweight is not good for our health. Medical journals are full of articles that link overweight and obesity to just about every disease and illness…
Chronic diseases act as a driver for disadvantage in the developing world, leading to cycles of poverty. Secom Bahia/Flickr

Five myths about the global epidemic of chronic diseases

The eyes and ears of the global health world were firmly fixed on Geneva last week for the 2012 World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) member states. One of…
Sydney needs sustainable solutions to keep its growing population happy and healthy. Franklin Heijnen

How full is full? Planning Sydney to be big, sustainable and healthy

Australia’s future population is again under the spotlight. The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has just released a new report on Australian population futures. And focus has sharpened…
The Conversation’s health coverage: policy, chiropractic, obesity and medicine. AAP, Planetc1.com, Puuiki Beach, LJA Kliche

Health + Medicine: reflections on our first year

In The Conversation’s first editorial meeting editor Andrew Jaspan explained what he wanted to achieve with the site: a more informed level of debate, based on evidence, research and expert opinion. It…
Interventions that influence different aspects of the food and physical activity environments are needed to tackle obesity among children. wizardhat/Flickr

Broad range of prevention efforts need to target obesity in children

This is a shorter version of an article that appears in the latest issue of Perspectives, an opinion-led journal published by Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. The prevalence of overweight and obesity…
The 2009 CHOGM meeting held in Port of Spain joined the call to put NCDs on the global agenda. AAP

Can CHOGM take the reins in the face of NCD disaster?

CHOGM: As the leaders of Commonwealth nations prepare to meet in Perth this week, The Conversation is examining the role of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Meeting. In our latest…
An analysis of newspaper reporting about sweet drinks found coverage was largely positively oriented. barekim/Flickr

Calories don’t quench thirst – mixed media messages about sweet drinks

Sugary drinks are very popular, almost entirely unnecessary, and contribute to a number of health problems. Despite such health risks, these drinks are increasingly marketed as healthy with labels highlighting…
A coconut scraping competition during a sports day organised by one of Sri Lanka’s Elder’ Clubs. Wendy Holmes

Social inclusion brings respect and better health to Sri Lankan elders

Non-communicable diseases – In the final article in our series on NCDs, Wendy Holmes looks at a successful strategy for mitigating the impact of these diseases in Sri Lanka. The grey-haired women in their…
Study participant Bri King and daughter Ruby. People interviewed in the study reported having their parenting abilities questioned because of their weight. Bri King

Study finds obesity stigma erodes will to exercise, socialise

Shaming obese people commonly leads to self-blame and a reduced desire to engage in healthy activities like swimming, socialising…

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