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Overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI), the ratio of height to weight of an individual, of between 25 and 29.9. People with a BMI of 30 and over are considered obese. (image: iStock.com)

Obesity will cause 700,000 new cancer cases by 2035: Report

By Niamh Michail

It makes simple economic sense to reduce levels of obesity and overweight because if current rates continue it will cause 700,000 new cases of cancer in the next twenty years, says a report by Cancer Research UK.

Rice quotations in 2015 were more stable than wheat or maize.  Photo copyright: Istock /  Jeremy Richards

Global food prices plunged by nearly 20% in 2015

By Niamh Michail

In 2015 prices of the world’s major commodities fell for the fourth year in a row, averaging nearly one fifth (19.1%) lower than in 2014, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Teach children to defend themselves against advergames

Teach children to defend themselves against advergames

By Niamh Michail

Children should be taught how to defend themselves against marketing tactics used in online 'advergames' for unhealthy food, says one researcher - but policy changes to restrict online advertising would be the most effective way to protect children.

Nutrition values seen on labels can differ substantially based on the recommended serving size (Photo credit: iStock.com)

Consumers buy more when recommended serving sizes are smaller

By Will Chu

Nutrition values seen on labels can differ substantially based on the recommended serving size, with consumers buying more of the same product among one of a number of undesirable consumer behaviours, researchers have found.

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