Do Wii agree?

I learnt this morning, via Paul Kedrosky, of Om Malik having suffered a heart attack. Om is 43, and a leading Silicon Valley technology journalist, commentator and writer, whose influential commentary is widely read. It sounds dreadful and sobering that a 43 year old should have a heart attack.

Om is also of Indian origin. For Indians, the prognosis for health issues especially those associated with weight gain and lifestyle changes, many catalysed by the economic boom and shift in work patterns, is not good.

With a young workforce, health is not a high priority on most agendas. For instance, while not statistically significant or conclusive, it is worth pointing out that there are only 13 articles (as on 4th January 2008) on health on the most widely read, eponymous blog on the Indian Economy. Of these, 4 articles were written by me.

At some level, we all know that it is not advisable to wait for an ‘event’ or ‘doctor’s orders‘ to make lifestyle changes which may affect our health positively. Even small changes would make a difference for many, whose lives are mostly sedentary.

Confusion caused by disagreement between experts is often cited as a reason by people not making a change, because they do not know what advice to follow. This disagreement can be seen not just in dietary advice but also in exercise related advice. If you were one of the fortunate few, who got a Nintendo Wii in their Christmas stocking, you may be interested in the Wii’s relative health impact on otherwise sedentary lives. You can read the whole post titled ‘Do Wii agree?over on my Obesity blog.

High-fat diets and the body clock

Interesting new research, albeit on mice, points out how high-fat diets, even for short periods of time, can play havoc with our body clocks, sending our diets, our caloric consumption and our sleep on a different path altogether.

You can read more on how this works, over on my Obesity blog here.

What timing, eh! Just before Diwali for Indians and before Thanksgiving for Americans, two occasions when moderation and caution in eating find themselves being thrown to the winds…

The link between weight and cancer

Few are fortunate enough not to experience the middle-age spread which many dread, and rightly so. Recent research adds to the growing body of evidence linking a range of cancers with overweight and obesity, this time in a cohort study of UK women. You can read the entire post here on my Obesity blog.

How does your neighbourhood score?

If you live in the US, Canada or the UK, you can use a new resource to assess the walking-friendliness of your neighbourhood.

Why walking? Because in addition to it being the simplest and cheapest way to build exercise into our daily lives, it offers many other benefits too.

Curious? Click here to read more, over on my Obesity blog, which has newly moved over from Blogger.