The New York Times - paywall - 2 Oct 2017
Fast food, symbolically associated with rich nations, is expanding fast in Africa - the reason why obesity is surging and posing a looming health crisis. This article is a reminder that, despite rich people’s obsession with wellness, fast food is booming, particularly in emerging markets. From 2011 to 2016, sales grew 21.5% in the US and 30% worldwide. All emerging markets face the same quandary: how to grow and move beyond scarcity without being overtaken by processed and fast food. So far, not a single nation has been able to reverse the growth of obesity (reads in 9-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 6 October 2017
Time - 20 Jul 2017
What was intuitively known is now corroborated by a meta-study that confirms, with “almost no doubt,” that happiness can positively influence health and longevity. It shows in particular that happiness (subjective wellbeing in the jargon) can have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems, influence hormones and inflammation levels, and speed wound healing (reads in 3-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017
Bloomberg - 17 Apr 2017
A Swedish experiment may have missed the bigger picture of how shorter days can mean long-term profit. In reality, working shorter hours results in healthier workers, which in turn, leads to higher productivity reduced absenteeism and lower health costs. Maybe the solution to workplace wellness isn’t step challenges and diet contests, but shorter workdays (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017