Health & Spirit

Fat of the Land

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Rural areas -- not cities, as in the past -- are the major contributor to the global rise in body mass index and the related obesity epidemic, reports STAT. A new study by the international NCD Risk Factor Collaboration looked at data from more than 112 million adults in 200 countries. They found that 55% of the global BMI increase in 2017 was due to higher measures in rural areas, though more people now live in urban areas.

The BMI of rural men and women increased roughly twice the BMI of urban dwellers, on average. Some likely causative factors: lower education and income, higher price of healthy foods and less access to public transportation.

Body of Knowledge

As you breathe, most of the air is going in and out of one nostril. Every few hours, the workload shifts to the other nostril.

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More teenagers are poisoning themselves in suicide attempts, according to a new study. Cases of suicide attempts by self-poisoning doubled between 2011 and 2018 among persons aged 10-18, rising from 39,000 to 78,000. Most attempts were by girls. More than 1,400 children died.

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