Our current food production and consumption habits are doomed to “exacerbate risks to people and planet,” according to a landmark study published in The Lancet this week. But if we make a radical change — as in, cut our sugar and red meat by half and double our vegetable, fruit and nut consumption — we could potentially prevent up to 11.6 million avoidable deaths per year without hurting our home.
The new research comes from a group of 37 scientists from around the globe, all of whom are part of the EAT-Lancet commission.
According to EATforum.org, “food systems are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions” and are “the main user of fresh water, a leading driver of biodiversity loss, land-use change and cause eutrophication or dead zones in lakes and coastal areas.” Unhealthy diets offer harmful effects of their own. They’re “the leading risk factor for disease worldwide, causing rapidly growing rates of Non-communicable-Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers.” World hunger is yet another challenge.
But despite evidence showing the way we eat and produce food is indeed damaging our planet and exacerbating disease, there isn’t a scientific consensus on what a healthy diet is, how food production can be sustainable and whether healthy diets can meet the demands of sustainability. That’s where the 37 scientists come in.
The researchers used the “best available evidence,” including randomized trials, massive cohort studies and controlled feeding studies to come up with what they’re calling the “planetary health diet.”
“To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries, we must adopt a healthy diet, slash food waste, and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts,” co-author Johan Rockstrom of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research told Phys.org. According to researchers, the Earth can only handle up to 10 billion people. And without the global adaptation of the diet, the planet may not be able to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
“It is about behavioral change. It's about technologies. It's about policies. It's about regulations. But we know how to do this,” Rockstrom said.
The new diet provides “governments, producers and individuals with an evidence-based starting point to work together to transform our food systems and cultures,” Howard Frumkin, head of UK biomedical research charity the Wellcome Trust's Our Planet Our Health program, which funded the research, told CNN.
What is it?
The planetary diet, or the flexitarian diet, doesn’t mean you’ll have to get rid of all the meat and dairy in your life.
“If we were just minimising greenhouse gases we'd say everyone be vegan,” researcher Walter Willet said. But according to him, a vegan diet wasn’t necessarily the healthiest option.
For meat-lovers, though, this will still mean making significant adjustments and relying on nuts and legumes for protein instead.
Essentially, Willet said, “global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to be reduced by more than 50%. A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits.”
Is the diet healthy for all ages?
According to the study, the meal plan is meant for people over the age of 2.
How many calories?
Researchers recommend people consume 2,500 calories per day on the diet.
Here’s what a day on the diet might allow:
According to researchers, what could happen if everyone around the globe adopted the diet?
How realistic is this global adaptation?
“It is doable but it will take nothing less than global agricultural revolution,” according to Rockstrom.
For populations dependent on animal protein or populations suffering from malnutrition and inadequate plant sources, adopting a planetary diet will prove especially challenging. Local conditions must be taken into account.
Welcome Trust senior science lead Modi Mwatsama told CNN that at the world’s current level of food production, the diet isn’t achievable “unless there are structural changes, such as subsidies that move away from meat production, and environmental changes, such as limits on how much fertilizer can be used.”
Researchers’ five strategies to push for this radical shift:
Paris Jackson has entered a treatment facility for her emotional health, Entertainment Tonight reported.
The only daughter of the late Michael Jackson is living at a mental health facility.
“After a busy year of work engagements that took her all over the globe, Paris decided that she needed to take some time off to reboot, realign and prioritize her physical and emotional health,” an unnamed source told People. “She checked herself into a treatment facility to aid in her wellness plan and is looking forward to coming out of this revitalized and ready to tackle the exciting new projects that await her.”
Jackson, 20, has been open about her mental health in the past. In 2017, she revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that she struggled with depression and anxiety and attempted suicide more than once.
“I was crazy. I was actually crazy,” she said. “I was going through a lot of, like teen, angst; and I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help.”
Neither Jackson nor her representative have commented on the reports.
Your heart needs at least six hours of sound sleep each night to stay healthy, a new study says.
People who don’t get enough sleep increase their risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease — regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits — the National Sleep Foundation says.
The new study, by National Center for Cardiovascular Research in Madrid, seems to confirm that assertion.
"But this study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease — a factor we are compromising every day,” lead researcher Jose Ordovas said.
Not enough sleep can cause atherosclerosis — the hardening and narrowing of arteries — which is the usual cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Ordovas and the other researchers tracked nearly 4,000 Spanish adults whose average age was 46 and had no heart disease when the study began.
People who slept fewer than six hours a night were 27 percent more likely to have bodywide atherosclerosis than those who slept seven to eight hours, Ordovas and his team reported.
But too much sleep was shown to be problematic as well. Women in the study who slept more than eight hours a night also had an increased risk of atherosclerosis.
The study also found that participants with "poor-quality" sleep, meaning they awoke often during the night or had trouble falling asleep, were 34 percent more likely to have atherosclerosis.
"This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body, not just in the heart," Ordovas said in a news release.
The newest royal baby will be born in April, according to the Duchess of Sussex herself.
People reported Meghan Markle confirmed her due date while she visited the English town of Birkenhead with her husband, Prince Harry. The two spoke with local organizations that support groups in the community. It was their first joint engagement of the year.
“We asked her how her pregnancy was going, and she said she was six months and she tapped her tummy,” Carla Gandy, who was at the event with her 4-year-old daughter Sofia, told People.
The news may also quell speculation that Markle is further along than originally announced.
The duchess also told another woman at the event that she is due in late April, a more specific date than the “Spring of 2019” that was announced in an October Kensington Palace statement.
Entertainment Tonight reported Harry and Markle don’t know the gender of the baby. Markle said she wanted it to be a surprise.
Thanks to a plan hatched earlier this year, a photo of an egg has beaten an Instagram record set by reality TV star Kylie Jenner.
"Let's set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram," @world_record_egg captioned the Jan. 4 post. "Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this!"
According to BuzzFeed, the image cracked 26 million likes Monday, one day after it became the most-liked Instagram post ever. Jenner's February 2018 photo of her daughter, Stormi, previously held the top spot with 18.3 million likes.
But Jenner isn't crying fowl. She joked about the news Sunday, sharing a video of herself breaking an egg on the hot pavement.
"Take that little egg," she quipped in the post, which had racked up 16.2 million likes by Monday morning.
Lady Gaga apologized early Thursday for a previous collaboration with singer R. Kelly, just days after the Lifetime docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" shed new light on sexual abuse allegations against the R&B star.
"I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously," Gaga tweeted of the women's claims, which Kelly has denied. "What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible."
The "A Star Is Born" actress promised to pull her 2013 song "Do What U Want (With My Body)," a duet with Kelly, from streaming services and Apple's iTunes store. She added that she "will not be working with him again."
"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life," she wrote. "My intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn't processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life."
Gaga, 32, said she used "poor judgment" when she recorded the song and apologized for not speaking out against Kelly sooner.
"I can't go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault," she said.
After an 18-wheeler carrying chicken tenders crashed on a highway, a sheriff’s office in Alabama warned drivers not to pick up the chicken tenders, no matter how hungry they may be.
The Associated Press reported that the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency posted a notice on its Facebook page asking people to quit picking up the chicken. The accident happened Saturday along the Alabama-Georgia state boarder.
Apparently, some travelers tried to pick up some tenders the next day.
“The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is asking that no one try to stop to get the chicken tenders that were spilled from the 18 wheeler accident last night on Highway 35,” the agency said. “You’re creating a traffic hazard! It's a crime to impede the flow of traffic.”
The agency also warned that the cases of tenders were on the ground for more than 24 hours, making them unsafe to eat.
“Anyone who is caught could be facing charges,” authorities said.
Curtis Summerville, spokesman for the division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency that covers Cherokee County, told The Washington Post the accident occurred when the driver lost control of his vehicle. The specific cause of the crash hasn’t been determined, but no injuries were reported.
For the past decade, tech giant Google has encouraged students to enter its Doodle for Google contest and has received hundreds of thousands of submissions.
The theme for 2018 was “what inspires me,” and Google announced Tuesday the winner is Sarah Gomez-Lane, a second-grader from Falls Church, Virginia.
Google said it received doodles for everything from family to food to roller coasters. But it was Sarah’s drawing of dinosaurs and her dream to be a paleontologist that took the prize.
And for the first time in the 10-year history of the contest, the winner got to work with Google’s doodle team to animate her drawing and have it on Google’s homepage. Sarah also won $30,000 for college and $50,000 for her school.
Guest judges were “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, Kermit the Frog and the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning.
The theme for 2019’s Doodle for Google contest is “When I grow up, I hope ... .”
The contest is open to students in grades K-12, and all submissions must be in by 8 p.m. PT on March 18. Rules and criteria are on the Doodle for Google page.
The search engine’s doodle tradition began in 1998 when, according to the company itself, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin played around with the corporate logo “to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.”
A wayward moose took hospital employees by surprise in Anchorage, Alaska, when it wandered into the building through an automatic door, seemingly drawn in by the warm temperature and tropical plants in the lobby’s atrium.
Stephanie Hupton, who works at a physical therapy office attached to Alaska Regional Hospital, quickly recorded the scene, according The Anchorage Daily News.
The video shows the huge animal poking around the greenery in the lobby near an entrance and even gazing at the camera, before moseying out the same way it came in.
Moose are known for their sometimes-aggressive behavior, especially during mating season.
But Hupton told The Associated Press this cow moose seemed pretty laid-back and said she never felt threatened by the animal.
A hospital spokesperson confirmed the moose entered the building through doors that were frozen open because of the extreme cold in Anchorage. The AP reported the animal nibbled a few plants in the lobby and then left about 10 minutes.
Alarming messages sent from Chicago rapper Cupcakke's social media accounts Monday night have sparked a flurry of tweets from worried musicians, friends and fans.
"Im (sic) about to commit suicide," read one tweet posted by the "Quiz" rapper's verified Twitter account just before 8 p.m. EST.
Less than an hour later, the 21-year-old's Instagram account shared a screenshot of the tweet with the caption, "Thank you for everything y'all have done for me. I really appreciate it."
According to one friend, comedian Elijah Daniel, Chicago police conducted a wellness check on Cupcakke, whose legal name is Elizabeth Harris.
"Police not able to give me anymore details other than Elizabeth is OKAY and at the hospital," he tweeted about 2 a.m. EST Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Cupcakke's despondent posts received thousands of replies expressing support for the rapper.
"Sending love to @CupcakKe_rapper," fellow rapper Iggy Azalea tweeted. "I understand how hopeless and overwhelmed with negativity we can sometimes feel. I hope you'll take some time with those that really know YOU best; then when you're ready come back stronger than ever!"
"You are such a beautiful and wonderful person and we simply cannot lose you," British singer Charli XCX wrote.
"Keep living," comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted. "You got the stuff & we got your back."
As of 5 a.m. EST Tuesday, neither Cupcakke nor her management company had publicly released a statement about the incident.
A Michigan family was shocked when its missing pet cat showed up thousands of miles away in Florida.
In mid-December, Judy Sanborn received a shocking call from BluePearl Emergency Pet Hospital in Tampa, Florida, telling her that a local woman had found Bandit as a stray and dropped him off there.
BluePearl staff were able to find Sanborn’s information via Bandit’s microchip.
No one is really sure how Bandit got to Tampa from Dearborn. Sanborn told the Detroit Free-Press she believes he may have hitched a ride on a van, or been f ound by someone in Dearborn who decided to take him along on a trip to Florida.
Now the Sanborn family is raising money on GoFundMe to get Bandit a plane ticket back home.
In the meantime, staffers at BluePearl have been caring for the cat. BluePearl emergency veterinary technician manager Jose Calderon told the newspaper this is the first case of interstate pet travel he’s seen in his career of over 30 years.
"A block over, a street over, or maybe even (from) Orlando, which is an hour away from us. This is the farthest away I've seen,” he said.
A large freeway sign crashed onto the road below Monday in Melbourne, Australia, crushing a vehicle and sending one woman to the hospital.
According to 9News, the 4- by 5-meter sign, which was over the Tullamarine Freeway near the Essendon Airport, somehow detached and fell onto the car around 5:30 p.m. The driver, a 54-year-old woman, suffered "minor neck injuries" and is in "stable condition," the station reported.
Another driver's dashcam captured video of the scary moment.
Authorities are investigating what caused the incident and examined other signs nearby, 9News reported.
"Equipment was used to test surrounding areas ... and the experts say there are no concerns that it will happen again," Graeme Chambers, delivery director of the Major Road Projects Authority, told the station.
The attorney for an alleged victim of Grammy Award-winning singer R. Kelly says the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney has reached out to him, according to WSB-TV.
Attorney Gerald Griggs represents Joycelyn Savage's parents, Tim and Jonjelyn Savage.
“We have been contacted by the office and we are actively assisting in any way necessary," Griggs' PR representative Dontaye Carter said.
When asked whether the office has opened an investigation into the singer, DA spokesman Chris Hopper said he had “no comment at this time.”
The statement comes after a new docuseries on R. Kelly sparked outrage nationwide.
The three-night, six-part series “Surviving R. Kelly” aired Thursday through Saturday on Lifetime, immediately prompting controversy and a backlash against the entertainer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.
Savage was one of several alleged victims whose story was part of the series.
Kelly’s other accusers from the docuseries include an anonymous former employee, Michelle Kramer, Alice and Angelo Clary and his ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones.
The Savages, the Clarys and Kramer each said their daughters had been “brainwashed” while living with Kelly. They said they hadn’t been in contact with their children for years.
The final episodes focused on Kelly’s alleged sex cult at two of his homes in two cities, including one in Johns Creek. The other home was in Chicago.
Kelly was evicted from two homes he was renting in Johns Creek, an Atlanta suburb in Fulton County.
Zachary Hansen with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.
Marking a significant milestone in Air Force history, a female pilot completed a routine F-35 Lightning II flight test at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Maj. Rachael Winiecki, 461st Flight Test Squadron developmental test pilot, completed the first flight mission led by a female. Winiecki said that there are several female test directors, test conductors, discipline engineers and flight test engineers at the 461st FLTS, in addition to those serving in engineering, maintenance and support functions.
“I am grateful for the women who have broken barriers previously. They built the path,” Winiecki said. “I look forward to the day when sorties like this are a regular occurrence.”
Winiecki was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon completion of pilot training, she flew the A-10C operationally including deployments to Southwest Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Pacific theater. She then graduated from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards and was previously assigned as an F-16 Fighting Falcon test pilot with the 416th Flight Test Squadron.
“Major Winiecki was selected to become an F-35 test pilot based on her exceptional flying ability and the important voice she brings to the F-35 development as a prior A-10 (Thunderbolt II) pilot,” Lt. Col. Tucker Hamilton said.
A 50-year-old French author is under fire on social media for saying he couldn’t love a woman his own age.
"I'm telling you the truth," the TV host and "Rompre (Breaking Up)" writer said in French. "At 50 years old, I am incapable of loving a 50-year-old woman."
When asked to explain, he said: "I find that too old. When I'm 60 years old, I'll be able to do it. Then 50 years old will appear young to me."
But for now, women his own age are "invisible" to him, he continued.
“The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary,” he said. “The body of a 50-year-old woman isn't extraordinary at all.”
Outraged women flocked to Twitter to slam Moix, calling his words sexist.
"Say that this 52-year-old woman doesn't have a chance with Yann Moix. Poor Halle Berry," comedian Amelle Chahbi quipped in French.
"Women over 50 breathe a sigh of relief, warn 25-year-old women to avoid creepy French author Yann Moix," radio host Mary Dixon wrote.
Moix responded to his critics Tuesday in an interview with RTL Radio.
"I like who I like, and I don't have to answer to the court of taste," he said, according to the BBC.
"Fifty-year-old women do not see me, either," he conceded.
A “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” cast member has been indicted in Georgia on multiple felony charges.
Atasha Chizaah Jefferson, who goes by “Tommie Lee” on the VH1 reality show, was indicted Thursday in Cobb County on charges of aggravated assault, child cruelty, battery, aggravated stalking and disrupting a public school, court records show.
The charges stem from a few days in the middle of October 2018, according to the indictment.
Jefferson is accused of grabbing one of her children by the hair and shoving their head into a metal locker at Griffin Middle School in Smyrna, according to an Oct. 16 police warrant. She also allegedly slapped the child’s hands with a purse strap and cursed at the child.
Jefferson quickly bonded out on those charges, but was arrested again on a charge of aggravated stalking.
A condition of her first arrest was to not have contact with the child, but Jefferson went to her Smyrna home and the child was there.
Police said they found Jefferson in the attic of the home and arrested her.
Newsweek reported that, when first joining the cast in 2016, Jefferson said she had been arrested more than two dozen times — mostly, she said, for probation violations.
Her most recent post on Instagram, where she has 3.5 million followers, is captioned: “Been through A storm and it turned me Into Ah G”
Her next court date was not immediately available online.
A star was born at Sunday night's Golden Globes – at least on social media.
As celebrities hit the red carpet before the awards show, a woman holding Fiji water bottles made appearances in several photos, sharing the spotlight with Idris Elba, Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Alyssa Milano, Richard Madden and other stars.
Meme-worthy snapshots of the model, affectionately dubbed #FijiWaterGirl on Twitter, quickly went viral.
She appeared to embrace her viral fame, sharing an Instagram photo with the hashtag she inspired.
Musicians Eminem and Justin Timberlake are using their platforms to help the victims of the Manchester Arena explosion.
On May 22, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb that killed 22 people and injured dozens as they were exiting singer Ariana Grande’s concert at Manchester Arena in the U.K.
The JustGiving profile created by the Manchester Evening News has raised more than 1,900,000 pounds, or more than $2 million, within two days of creating the page.
On Tuesday, Grande announced through her publicist that Coldplay, Pharrell, Katy Perry and others would be joining her for a concert at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground to benefit victims of the attack.
The Cincinnati-based television station reports that Fiona, along with swimmers, will explore the Hippo Cove exhibit after the zoo closes.
Until now, the zoo has guarded Fiona’s access because of her weakened immune system and safety concerns.
Members of the media will be able to shoot photos and videos of the baby hippo during a time when keepers report that they have heard occasional vocalizations from Fiona, including grunts around meal time.
Michael Nance, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” reportedly was found dead in South Austin, Texas, early Tuesday.
According to TMZ and other outlets, including The Associated Press and E! News, Austin police responded at 2:10 a.m. to a call reporting an unresponsive man, later identified as 31-year-old Nance, at the 300 block of West Mary Street, police said Tuesday. Nance was pronounced dead at 2:54 a.m.
Nance’s girlfriend, Aseel Danan, confirmed on Instagram that Nance had died.
Officials said the death is not considered suspicious, though it’s still under investigation. The cause and manner of death has not yet been determined.
Nance was a contestant in Season 8 of the popular reality show, TMZ reported.
Nance was one of several men who tried to win the affection of then-'Bachelorette' Emily Maynard. He was sent home midseason.
Maynard wrote on Twitter that she woke up to the news of his death Tuesday morning.
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