Category Archives: Health issues

Has the internet ruined our children?

Our internet-dependent children (‘iGeners’) are hooked on electronic gadgetry, and, like fish out of water, cannot live without them. Research has shown that the incidence of depressive disorders in adolescents has practically exploded, in females much more than in males. … Continue reading

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‘Government has role in shaping health habits’

In his latest book Health and Society – Personal and Social Determinant of Health, published by the Malta University Press in 2018, Maurice Cauchi embarks upon the important endeavour of communicating and analysing trends shaping health and disease in Malta. … Continue reading

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Desperate measures for desperate times

We have come to realise that being overweight is not just a physical problem but also, increasingly, a psychological and social one that impinges on body image and diminishes self-respect. Considering that three-quarters of people in the so-called developed countries … Continue reading

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A lonely, dislocated generation?

The real physical world seems to have largely disappeared and visual reality seems to have taken over almost completely. Children assess their relationship with the outside world not through social contact but through ‘likes’ and similar superficial nods from social … Continue reading

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Does a better education lead to better health?

It is well known that education is very important in ensuring a better job, a better salary and in general a more satisfying social life. Perhaps less well appreciated is the effect that education has on the health of the … Continue reading

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Holistic approach to obesity

A report was published last year (Eurostat, 2016) showing that one in four Maltese are obese, the highest rate in Europe. A blunt report by the Today Public Poli­cy Institute, also published last year, famously stated that “Malta is one … Continue reading

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