Asia-Pacific countries face serious challenges from "lifestyle" diseases and ageing populations even as they overcome more traditional illnesses, the World Health Organization's regional director said Monday.
More teenagers, some as young as 13, are being treated at Singapore's public hospitals for eating disorders.
Experts in eating disorders are concerned about an Internet-fueled trend in which teenage girls and young women pursue an elusive and possibly dangerous weight-loss goal: to become so slender that their thighs don't touch even when their feet are together.
President Enrique Pena Nieto's plan to tax sugary drinks to curb Mexico's obesity epidemic earned him praise Tuesday from New York's mayor and health advocates but soda makers slammed it as ineffective.
A 71-year old man was hospitalized in Taoyuan yesterday after ingesting an energy drink tainted with strong acidic substances, while reports have emerged suggesting the incident could be linked to a larger extortion plot.
Top Pot Bakery encountered a fine of NT$180,000 for adding essences into its bread, the Taipei City Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday.
The John Tung Foundation (JTF, 董氏基金會) said yesterday that up to one in four instant soups contain excessive amounts of sodium.
Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth rate for U.S. waistlines is slowing, according to an analysis released on Friday.
Mothers with a certain gene got meaner when the economy took a dive in 2007-2009, whether or not their own purses were shorter on cash, U.S. researchers said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that environment can have a major impact on behavior, particularly when genetic variations are taken into account.
As many as 95 percent of junior high schoolers across Taiwan consume at least one sugary drink a day and 55.2 percent have two each day, according to a government survey released Friday.