Body Shape

Survival instinct causes male perception bias: US study

You spot a stranger standing in the street. The lighting is dim and the person's face and clothing are indistinct. Who is it?

Chances are you will think it is a man - and this is because of a survival reflex, according to a study published yesterday.

Thursday, 18 October, 2012, 3:37am

Then & now: hitting the big time

A child undergoes weight-loss therapy in a Beijing hospital. Photo: AFP

Affluence, changing diets and the one-child policy have put China on the road to a Western-style obesity epidemic, writes Jason Wordie.

6 Oct 2012 - 11:54pm

How mistaken media weighs on our minds is a website for change; users create campaigns on the page, collect signatures for petitions and raise awareness of issues they care about.

Julia Bluhm, 14, has launched her own petition - 'Seventeen magazine: give girls images of real girls'. This is directed at Anna Shoket, the editor-in-chief of Seventeen, an American magazine for young girls and women.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Drop Dead Healthy

Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs Simon & Schuster (audiobook)

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Exercise for every body

Just how much do we need to do to stay in shape? And what type of exercise is best?

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Education needed on eating disorders

British researchers have called on governments to consider meddling in modelling agencies and magazines to stop the use of skinny women on fashion catwalks and photo spreads because it encourages anorexia and other eating disorders among weight-conscious women.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

40pc of young women too thin

The proportion of young Hong Kong woman who are underweight nearly doubled over the past 15 years, leaving more women at risk of developing the bone disease osteoporosis, according to a study by a Queen Mary Hospital doctor.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Nifty ways to cleave your blubber

By the end of 2015, the World Health Organisation predicts that the planet will have approximately 2.3 billion overweight people aged 15 years and above, of whom more than 700 million will be obese.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Obesity can be a pain in the back, says study

Obesity doubles the risk of disc degeneration in adulthood and could lead to a serious need for back surgery, a University of Hong Kong study has revealed.

27 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

My bridal bootcamp

In his glory days, not so long ago, Chalothorn Vashirakovit was a Lycra-clad road racer with nary an ounce of fat on his 1.75-metre frame. Then life - as many of us know it - happened in 2007: work stress, lack of time, good food and the irresistible draw of social outings.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Get up and grow: campaign to feed youngsters the healthy habit

In an attempt to combat the growing obesity epidemic plaguing Hong Kong children, the Health Department will launch a city-wide campaign tomorrow.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Silent but deadly

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Charities should not abuse people's trust

With so many needy people around the world, it is fortunate that there are also many who want to lend a helping hand. It can be difficult to help the poor directly, so we do it through charity organisations. Because the groups handle huge donations, their morality is important.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Grandmas get fit as world gets fat

What a tonic that hardy band of Hong Kong women who have become black belts in taekwondo in the autumn of their lives should be to us all. But their achievement should also serve as a warning.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Balloon goes up on obesity problem

At 1.7 metres tall and 100kg, Jackson Lee, a freelance consultant has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 34.6. That means he is morbidly obese.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am