A round up of this months health and fitness news

Deprived areas such as Blackpool and parts of Manchester and Liverpool have five times more fast food outlets than affluent areas, a survey suggests.

The data, from Public Health England (PHE), compared levels of deprivation with numbers of takeaways such as chip shops, burger bars and pizza places.

Experts say children exposed to fast food on the way home from school are more likely to eat unhealthily.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44642027

The health benefits of coffee are regularly disputed but a new study has provided some good news for caffeine lovers.

One of the largest reports of its kind, researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health have found that drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of early death.

In fact, they revealed that drinking up to seven cups every day – twice the amount of caffeine recommended by the UK Food Standards Agency– could cut death rates by 16 per cent.

Read more at: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/coffee-drinking-7-cups-longer-life-death-rate-a8428481.html

In 2004, Men’s Health journalist Dan Rookwood walked into his editor’s office in a funk. The topless beefcakes who appeared on their covers were unrealistic, he had decided. No one actually looked like that – not least the staff of what was then the UK’s third-biggest-selling men’s magazine. His editor smiled. He felt a feature coming on.

Just over a year later, a smirking Rookwood appeared on the March 2006 cover of Men’s Health. His biceps were huge, his six-pack extraordinarily well defined. “From fat to flat!” read the cover line, alongside a picture of a mournful-looking Rookwood, pre-transformation, his belly soft and rounded. It became the biggest-selling Men’s Health issue of all time.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jun/27/get-shredded-in-six-weeks-the-problem-with-extreme-male-body-transformations

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