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2010-07-13 17:03:02

Community-based interventions for childhood obesity: are they working? Community-based interventions designed to prevent obesity in children seem to work best in those under the age of five, while there is evidence of some success in primary school children, but very mixed effects in adolescents, a leading expert in the field said today (Tuesday). In a presentation at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, Professor Boyd Swinburn, chair of population health and director of the...

2009-05-21 09:05:13

Most of the current obesity research is not proving helpful in finding solutions to the growing international epidemic, according to a Deakin University public health expert. Professor Boyd Swinburn believes that research funding would be better directed at testing possible solutions rather than continuing to unpick what is causing the rise in obesity. "It seems counter intuitive, but knowing the causes or mechanisms for weight gain does not always help with identifying the solutions," he...

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2009-05-08 15:15:00

An Australian professor says that Americans should blame over-eating for the nation's obesity epidemic, rather than a lack of physical exercise. "There is no evidence that a marked reduction in physical activity has been a contributor to this epidemic in the United States," Professor Boyd Swinburn of Australia's Deakin University, told AFP. "The increase in energy intake... virtually explained all of the weight gain," Swinburn said from an obesity conference in Amsterdam. Children in the US...

2009-05-08 09:52:42

Amsterdam, the Netherlands: New research that uses an innovative approach to study, for the first time, the relative contributions of food and exercise habits to the development of the obesity epidemic has concluded that the rise in obesity in the United States since the 1970s was virtually all due to increased energy intake.How much of the obesity epidemic has been caused by excess calorie intake and how much by reductions in physical activity has been long debated and while experts agree...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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