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Good News/Bad News: Beer Did Not Give You That Belly

RUE89 (France)

Good news: beer does not give you beer belly! Although we've been led to believe there was a direct correlation between beer and abdominal obesity, a group of very serious scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden discovered that beer is not responsible for our beer guts.

The Swedish researchers went to Germany (where else?) to conduct their study. More than 20,000 Germans volunteered to for the research. Each volunteer was weighed and their waist and hips were measured. They also had to answer a questionnaire about their beer drinking habits. From there, various categories were created, from "abstinent" to "moderate" (more than 250 ml per day) to "heavy drinker" (between 500 ml to 1 liter per day).

The result is absolutely clear: "To drink beer leads to an increase in fat on the whole body," Rue 89 reports. The good news is that beer is not to blame if you have an imposing belly but no fat anywhere else. The bad news is that beer is still fattening.

But this very serious study doesn't take into account other criteria --what the subjects were eating, for instance. The Swedish scientists should nevertheless be included in the running for an Ig Nobel Prize, which rewards the most improbable research around the world.

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The worst drought in 40 years, which has deepened from the effects of climate change, is hitting the young the hardest around the Horn of Africa. A close-up look at the victims, and attempts to save lives and limit lasting effects on an already fragile region in Kenya.

Photo of five mothers holding their malnourished children

At feeding time, nurses and aides encourage mothers to socialize their children and stimulate them to eat.

Georgina Gustin

KAKUMA — The words "Stabilization Ward" are painted in uneven black letters above the entrance, but everyone in this massive refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, calls it ya maziwa: The place of milk.

Rescue workers and doctors, mothers and fathers, have carried hundreds of starving children through the doors of this one-room hospital wing, which is sometimes so crowded that babies and toddlers have to share beds. A pediatric unit is only a few steps away, but malnourished children don’t go there. They need special care, and even that doesn’t always save them.

In an office of the International Rescue Committee nearby, Vincent Opinya sits behind a desk with figures on dry-erase boards and a map of the camp on the walls around him. “We’ve lost 45 children this year due to malnutrition,” he says, juggling emergencies, phone calls, and texts. “We’re seeing a significant increase in malnutrition cases as a result of the drought — the worst we’ve faced in 40 years.”

From January to June, the ward experienced an 800 percent rise in admissions of children under 5 who needed treatment for malnourishment — a surge that aid groups blame mostly on a climate change-fueled drought that has turned the region into a parched barren.

Opinya, the nutrition manager for the IRC here, has had to rattle off these statistics many times, but the reality of the numbers is starting to crack his professional armor. “It’s a very sad situation,” he says, wearily. And he believes it will only get worse. A third year of drought is likely on the way.

More children may die. But millions will survive malnutrition and hunger only to live through a compromised future, researchers say. The longer-term health effects of this drought — weakened immune systems, developmental problems — will persist for a generation or more, with consequences that will cascade into communities and societies for decades.

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