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Almost 30% Of World Overweight Or Obese, Researchers Say

News outlets report on findings that almost 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese. Associated Press: 30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune “Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the…

Health Warnings On Cigarette Packages In China Should Convey Stronger Message

The Lancet: Cigarette packaging in China — not going far enough “A WHO report, Tobacco Health Warnings in China: Evidence of Effectiveness and Implications for Action, published on April 8, summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of China’s written health warnings on tobacco packaging. It concludes that China failed to comply…

Rise In Risky Behavior Is Growing Threat To Health, World Bank Report Says

“Risky behavior — smoking, illegal drug use, excessive drinking, unhealthy eating and unsafe sex — is on the rise worldwide and poses a growing threat to health, particularly in poorer countries, according to a World Bank report,” The Guardian reports. “Smoking exacts a particularly high toll,” the newspaper writes, noting,…

WHO Approves Measure Urging Nations To Raise Tobacco Taxes

Washington Times: U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session “The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure [urging] countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a…

U.S. State Department Releases Report On Progress In Landmine Clearance

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Clear Land Mines Off the Earth U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the release of “To Walk the Earth in Safety Report,” which chronicles U.S. progress and efforts to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnance in more than 60 countries (12/8).

South Africa Ranks Among Most Obese Nations, Surveys Show

Reuters: Obesity, South Africa’s emerging health crisis “…Nearly three quarters of South Africans are overweight and the country ranks third in a list of the world’s most obese nations behind the United States and Mexico, according to surveys by GlaxoSmithKline and medical journal The Lancet. Africa has for decades been…

Greater Effort Needed To Prevent Violence, WHO Study Shows

WHO: New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally “The ‘Global status report on violence prevention 2014’ reveals that 475,000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive…

Elder Abuse ‘Important Public Health Problem,’ WHO Report Says

U.N. News Centre: Tens of millions of elderly are abused each month — U.N. health agency reports “Millions of elderly people report significant abuse each month, ‘an important public health problem’ expected to increase in many countries as the number of people aged 60 and older is forecasted to reach…