This Week’s Top Stories: February 20-26

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, enjoy below the best mini-stories that we came across during the prior week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.

  • Worried about rising gas prices?  Don’t be – higher gas prices mean higher physical activity levels (Preventive Medicine).
  • The City of Ottawa is moving forward with its pilot project for its first segregated bike lane in the downtown core (Ottawa Citizen).
  • More evidence that big bellies and big butts are not created equal when it comes to health risk (International Journal of Obesity).
  • Dave Munger with a great lesson on how to write a good research blog post (Science of Blogging).
  • New UK Food Guidelines: Eat less meat (Seattle Times).
  • Is electrical lighting the cause of the obesity epidemic? (Brain Blogger).
  • Reducing sedentary behaviour impacts energy intake more than expenditure (IJBNPA)
  • Colby Vorland gives some additional context to our recent podcast discussing nutrition research (Nutritional Blogma).
  • Our good friend Yoni Freedhoff is in the running for the 2011 Best Health Blog Awards.  His blog Weighty Matters was a big reason that we got into blogging in the first place, and even when you disagree with him, his blog is a must read.  If you’re not reading his blog you should be, and if you are reading his blog go give him a vote here.

Have a great weekend!


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