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In the Fight Against Obesity, Experts Remain Divided Over Strategies

Do food manufacturers bear a responsibility for the global obesity crisis? Of course they do. So do restaurants that offer nutritionally poor fare and exorbitant portion sizes. But the decision to consume foods and drinks that cause waistlines to expand ever further still rests with the individual. So, from which end should we try to tackle the problem? Experts remain divided over the issue, despite of decades-long research on the true causes of excessive weight gain.

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Been Everywhere, Done Everything? How About Some Food Travel?

Food travel, or culinary tourism, as it is sometimes called, is a fast growing trend, and not only among seasoned globetrotters who seek new perspectives on their journeys. Over the past decade or so, food-themed vacationing has become a trendsetter in the leisure travel industry. And this is by no means limited to gourmet dining or fine wine sampling but extends to all things related to food production, preparation and consumption as well as environmental issues like climate change and sustainability.

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Longevity – To What Avail?

Over the past 200 years the average human life expectancy has doubled, and some experts say that our longevity has not even reached its peak yet. They are not talking about the distant future. In fact, the first person to live to a 150 may already have been born. Being able to extend life is a great success, especially when it comes with a reasonably high quality of life. But simply adding years of sickness, frailty and decline is not a very appealing prospect.

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Body Image and Self-Compassion

Being slim is the unquestioned standard of beauty and health set by the media and respective industries. It is also a cause for widespread body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, and low self-esteem that often develop in childhood and affect people of all ages, especially women. Studies have shown that being considered overweight by oneself or others can lead to an array of emotional disturbances, including clinical depression. These effects likely worsen when contrary body images are idealized.

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Can Negative Thinking Make Us Ill?

Negative thinking has long been recognized as a culprit for many illnesses – as has the healing power of a positive mindset. Destructive thoughts and emotions can cause health problems, especially when they manifest themselves over time as permanent dispositions or habitual outlooks on the world.

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For Healthy Aging, Stay in Control

Loss of independence can happen suddenly through a catastrophic event or insidiously through natural decline. But most seniors don’t prepare well for either. They believe they can stay in their home indefinitely and take care of themselves, even if that means to struggle on their own. Thankfully, there is assistance available that enables people to have both, remaining reasonably independent and being cared for to the extent it is needed.

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