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It’s simply harder to eat well when you are poor

Austerity, not ignorance or laziness, lies at the heart of eating problems in the young<p>While it’s good to see that number of obese and overweight children has (slightly) fallen for those starting school, one in 10 children is still entering reception obese or overweight, rising to one in five at …

Climate change is a form of terror

<b>Maubeuge, France (CNN) —</b> Four months and 1,300 miles ago, Erlend Moster Knudsen started running. Starting line: Arctic Norway. Destination: a U.N. climate change summit in Paris.<p>I met the aerobically inclined climate scientist on the road last week in northern France. He ran (he is on his fourth …

Climate

AirAsia 8501 crash: It's not just pilot error

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's much simpler to point blame at the crew of an airplane that crashes than to consider the complications of other factors. Pilot error is comfortable terminology in understanding the cause of a tragedy because we can all comprehend the act of a human making a mistake.<p>But in the …

Trump, for good of America, get out of race

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dear Donald:<p>Even though some say Hillary Clinton would benefit if you were to be the GOP nominee, for the good of the country I want you to get out of the race. Your lies and vitriolic rhetoric are causing irreparable damage to the nation.<p>In "The Leadership Challenge," a best-selling tome …

Donald Trump

'To end forced marriage, we must work with the whole community'

<b>(CNN) —</b> With the rise of violent extremist groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in the Middle East, horrific descriptions of young girls being kidnapped and forced to marry militants have made headlines. But the problem of forced marriage is far more widespread.<p>As a persistent form of …

If sustainable living is seen as 'feminine', that's bad for the planet – and women

Vegetarianism, reusable tote bags and Prius cars are not ‘manly’ enough for some. The answer is not imprinting veggie burgers with grill marks<p>Gender plays an important role in who is most affected by climate change – and who is most likely to contribute to it. Women are 14 times more likely to be …

Is social media ruining our kids?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?<p>A decade ago, if your answer to that question was, "Yes, at home," you felt comfortable that your children were in a safe and secure place. That's no longer true. Now that kids have smartphones and tablets, they can hang out on a …

I really love my daughter, but I'm not supposed to talk about that

When my daughter was 5 months old, we went to visit my husband’s family. A cousin shifted my daughter into her arms, and we gazed down at my baby’s sea storm eyes, her chick’s fluff of hair. “She’s beautiful,” the cousin said. “Don’t you just want to throw her out the window sometimes?”<p>In fact, I …

Are we hurting kids at school?

<b>(CNN) —</b> This fall, some 65,000 4-year-olds, backpacks hanging from their tiny frames, converged on the nation's largest public school district.<p>In just a year, New York City had nearly tripled its number of full-day prekindergarten slots. And before they entered their classrooms, Mayor Bill de …

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One in six Americans go hungry. We can't succeed on an empty stomach | Tom Colicchio and Billy Shore

A bill to address childhood hunger in the summer holidays could help to feed 6.5 million children if passed. But we need to be doing more<p>As millions of kids head back to school this month, some of them are missing summer, but many are excited to once again receive regular meals. Many low-income …

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has to stop

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is brewing up a toxic nativist sludge in what was once the American melting pot.<p>On Thursday, in New Hampshire, Trump failed to object when an unidentified man offered this: "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know …

Religion

Here’s What’s Wrong With the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, Report Says

Every five years, the U.S. government releases its dietary guidelines for Americans to help men, women and children make the healthiest choices and …

Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products.<p>The …

Marion Cotillard says feminism has no place in the film industry

Surprise comments follow Emily Watson’s claim at the San Sebastián film festival that equal pay was not her ‘personal quest’<p>The Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard has said there is no place for feminism in Hollywood because the very term itself creates “separation” between the sexes.

I'm a Republican, and I want Joe Biden to run

<b>(CNN) —</b> In my house, Ronald Reagan was a hero. Because of him, I became a Republican before I was old enough to vote, or even a citizen. At last count, I have three good friends running for the Republican nomination. I am supporting Jeb Bush for president. Unless Republicans end up nominating …