Category Archives: Health issues

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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The inheritance of addictions

We may not like to admit it, but some of us are hard-wired to become addicted to smoking, drinking, gambling or even drugs. Sociologists might insist that the factors causing addictions are largely environmental. But for most conditions it is … Continue reading

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Too clean for comfort? Allergies and the environment

Allergies seem to be increasing at a fast rate within our community and throughout the world. For instance, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) affects 10-30 per cent of the population worldwide. One marker of allergic sensitisation, the presence of a … Continue reading

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