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Obesity Becomes Bigger Health Threat Than Hunger For 1st Time

Obesity Becomes Bigger Health Threat Than Hunger For 1st Time
Mar 3 2024 Share

Obesity, now surpassing hunger, affects one billion globally. Approximately 159 million children and 879 million adults are classified as obese, according to a study published in The Lancet. 

While America is often associated with obesity, China and India have higher numbers. The US ranks 10th for male and 36th for female obesity globally. 

Obesity rates quadrupled among children and doubled among adults globally from 1990 to 2022. Obesity is now the most prevalent form of malnutrition in many nations. 

In the US, adult obesity rose from 21.2% to 43.8% for women and 16.9% to 41.6% for men from 1990 to 2022. Obesity rates among US girls almost doubled, while among boys, it increased significantly. 

Men in the US had the third-highest increase globally in obesity rates. Urgent actions are needed to address obesity, given its association with serious health risks like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

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Man Raises €2,050 Animal Shelter To Celebrate 50th Birthday

Man Raises €2,050 Animal Shelter To Celebrate 50th Birthday
Mar 3 2024 Share

Rainbow Stationary’s Marco and Maria decided to ask for donations instead of gifts to celebrate the former’s 50th birthday – donating the proceeds to the Association for Abandoned Animals. 

The shelter took to social media to thank the couple for their kindness, having raised the sum of €2,050 for all the dogs living at the shelter. 

‘It is impossible to make a thank you post for all the help we get from so many kind people, but this time, we have to post…’, AAA wrote. 

‘Thank you Marco and Maria, for your kindness and support for all these years’.

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Women Need Less Exercise Than Men To Gain Health Benefits, Study

Women Need Less Exercise Than Men To Gain Health Benefits, Study
Mar 3 2024 Share

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that women may gain greater health benefits from exercise compared to men. 

Researchers found that women need less than half the amount of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week compared to men to achieve similar reductions in mortality risk. 

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Specifically, women required around 2.5 hours per week, while men needed five hours. The study, analyzing data from over 400,000 adults in the U.S., revealed a 24% reduction in mortality risk for active women compared to 15% for men.

Dr. Martha Gulati, co-lead author, highlighted the potential of these findings to motivate women to prioritize physical activity. 

However, the study’s observational design limits the ability to establish causation. 

Despite this, the results underscore the importance of exercise in reducing cardiovascular mortality, particularly significant given that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States.

Moreover, the study revealed gender differences in the benefits of strength training, with women needing fewer sessions to achieve similar outcomes compared to men. 

The authors suggest physiological disparities between men and women may contribute to these variations. Regardless of gender, experts emphasize the importance of regular exercise, aligning with recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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65 Year Old Motorcyclist Crashes Into Concrete Barriers

65 Year Old Motorcyclist Crashes Into Concrete Barriers
Mar 3 2024 Share

Yesterday, at around 1430hrs, police were informed of a traffic accident which had taken place in Triq Għajn Tuffieħa, Għajn Tuffieħa. 

Police convened immediately on site and preliminary investigations showed that a 65 year old man resident of Naxxar lost control of his Kawazaki motorcycle and crashed into the concrete barriers. 

He was given preliminary aid by a medical team and was transported to Mater Dei Hospital. He was later certified as having suffered grievous injuries. 

Police are still investigating. 

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