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Eat, pray, exercise: Thailand’s monks battle weight problems

BANGKOK: Every morning Buddhist monk Pipit Sarakitwinon takes walks around his temple and does hundreds of arm exercises, part of a new regimen aimed at shedding pounds as a health overhaul for members of the clergy gathers pace in Thailand. Followers have been showering monks -- who are deeply respected in the kingdom -- with foods loaded with sugar, fat and oil, contributing to a brewing health crisis. "Before I dieted I could barely walk 100 metres without getting tired", Pipit, 63, told AFP during a medical…

Do you know how to eat a pizza properly?

It’s nothing to shock about, if you’ve never been told how to eat pizza. Well it’s understood given hectic busy life and household chores that can’t let you keep everything on checklist. And when it comes to having pizza, you can’t have a second thought whether you are eating it correctly. Food writer Daniel Young, according to The Mirror, has some interesting facts for you to find out on 'right way' to eat pizza. 1- Don't hold it by the crust Our first mistake is holding pizza by the crust. No one's…

Eat less saturated, trans fats to curb heart disease: WHO

GENEVA: Adults and children should consume a maximum of 10 percent of their daily calories in the form of saturated fat such as meat and butter and one percent from trans fats to reduce the risk of heart disease, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The draft recommendations, the first since 2002, are aimed at reducing non-communicable diseases, led by cardiovascular diseases, blamed for 72 percent of the 54.7 million estimated deaths worldwide every year, many before the age of 70. “Dietary saturated fatty…

Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

TEXAS: For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say. Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviors, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on a waiting list for the gardening intervention, the study team reports. It’s estimated there are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the U.S., over two thirds of…

Starfish eating Australia’s Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists

MELBOURNE: A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia’s world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue, and the outbreak hits as the reef is still reeling from two consecutive years of major coral bleaching. “Each starfish eats about its body diameter a night, and…

Cambodian cops eat 92 fighting cocks seized in raid

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: Cambodian police ruffled feathers on Thursday after they killed -- and ate -- 92 roosters that were seized earlier this month during a raid on an illegal cockfighting ring allegedly run by a relative of premier Hun Sen. The birds were rounded up by police after they shuttered the two rural cockfighting dens on December 4 and arrested Hun Sen's nephew-in-law Thai Phany. Thai Phany, a Cambodian-Australian citizen, was charged with running an illegal gambling operation -- a rare legal move against a…

VIDEO: Venezuelan president mocked for eating ‘pastry’ during live TV address

Venezuela has been in the news for obvious bad reasons surrounding country’s existing financial crisis, but its President seems unmoved by suffering of his own people – at least some experts believe so after a video showed him gobbling an empanada during a live TV address. Its collapsing economy has left people in the country devoid of basics like food and medicine resulting in malnutrition among other severe health conditions. As the citizens are going through a crisis, it is a video of Nicolás Maduro, the President,…

VIDEO: Delivery driver in China sacked for eating customer’s meal

BEIJING: A takeaway driver landed in a hot water after he was caught feasting on a customer’s dinner in a lift before delivering it to its final destination. The sneaky delivery man, who works for popular online food site Meituan in China, was seen on CCTV dressed in his yellow uniform with its distinctive kangaroo logo on October 21. Footage shows him crouching down onto the floor and untying the plastic bag with the food. He helps himself to several mouthfuls of dinner before he appears to spit into the food. The…

For healthier arteries, eat more fruits and vegetables

NEW YORK: Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease, according to a study of more than 3.6 million individuals in the U.S. "We hope that studies like this can be an important reminder of the role we as consumers have on heart disease and stroke,” Dr. Jeffrey S. Berger from New York University School of Medicine told Reuters Health. “We often remember to take our medication, yet studies like this should remind us to eat our fruits and veggies every day. Moreover, we should continue…