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International Healthcare News: Brisk walk 'can tackle stress'

Expatriates who are concerned about their healthcare could take a brisk walk to help reduce their stress levels.

Indeed, those with a high-anxiety job would do well to take some exercise instead of using food as a way to get through the day, Tam Fry, National Obesity Forum board member and chair for the Child Growth Foundation, said.

Mr Fry advised: "Rather than turning to food, what I would suggest that people do to tackle their stress is say: 'I'm going to go for a long, brisk walk and get fresh air into the system,' as opposed to munching away and getting fatter at their desk and probably even more stressed."

Taking a walk could be an even more attractive option for expatriates living in sunny climates, where heading out at lunchtime will offer a great way of seeing some more of their new country.

The comments follow research from the University of Oxford, which suggested that certain countries are likely to have higher obesity rates than others due to their citizens' exposure to the stresses of economic insecurity in the 'free market'.

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