Flowery diets help predatory insects help farmers keep pests in check

Syrphids on Chamomile. Credit: University of Copenhagen – Faculty of Science Predatory insects have been shown to live longer when they have access to nectar and pollen, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen. Thus, flowers don’t just benefit insects, they help farmers farm sustainably. Predatory insects are skilled pest […]

Changing diets — not less physical activity — may best explain childhood obesity crisis

IMAGE: Traditional Shuar lunch items view more  Credit: Samuel Urlacher Variation in consumption of market-acquired foods outside of the traditional diet — but not in total calories burned daily — is reliably related to indigenous Amazonian children’s body fat, according to a Baylor University study that offers insight into the global obesity epidemic. “The importance of […]

USask study finds COVID isolation worsens student diets, inactivity, and alcohol intake

A University of Saskatchewan study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students. The findings of the study–the first to assess changes in students’ dietary intake, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour before and during the […]

In 2021, as ever, the best diets are simple

Each of these servings is quite large, but they’re full of healthy grains and veggies. (Ella Olsson/Pexels/) Every year, as millions of people around the world forge new resolutions to eat healthier and lose weight, US News & World Report releases a conveniently timed ranking of the best diets. A panel of experts in obesity, […]