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|Looks like the US is not alone suggests:||
China’s urban areas are booming economically, but that trend is paralleled by another one with serious implications for public health: obesity rates have skyrocketed over the last generation. I read recently that the number of Chinese people who are obese has quintupled between 2005 and 2011, to nearly 100 million people -- And male children from high-income families have an especially high rate of obesity.
I'd imagine that likely factors include everything from the availability of fast food to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Is there a connection between patterns of urbanization and walkability and the rise in obesity in China?
|Vacation's all I ever wanted suggests:||
This week it was made clear just how sacrosanct time off from work is across the pond when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.
With much of Europe mired in recession, governments struggling to reduce budget deficits and officials trying to combat high unemployment, the ruling seems like a reminder of just how hard it is to shake up long-established and legally protected labor practices that make it hard to put more people to work and revive sinking economies. Given all the economic woes in Europe these days, shouldn't they be focusing on more pressing issues?