Body & Soul: French Paradox, Coffee, Sand Skiing (2004)
People suffering from body dysmorphia obsess about the (imagined) inadequacy of parts of their body. McDonalds has passed its 50th anniversary, and, from a health standpoint, it’s not necessarily a cause for celebration. In France, dallying over meals, eating slowly, and cooking with the best and freshest ingredients may offer clues as to why the French do not suffer much obesity, despite a sometimes rich diet. In Europe, cancer research is funded largely by charities, leading to calls for governments to step up their contributions. Coffee is an age-old brew enjoying sky-rocketing popularity, but the health benefits and drawbacks are still being sorted out. In Japan, in an effort to harness nature’s wisdom and cultivate a cleaner, healthier environment, plants have been sewn into building walls. Skiing down steep, sandy slopes is a popular summer beach activity in Russia.