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Those who need to gain weight should focus on consuming foods and beverages that are both higher in calories and nutrients. Shirzad Chunara

With all the attention on the problems of overweight and obesity, it is easy to forget that there are many people whose main concern is how to gain weight in order to improve their health. Gaining weight can be just as difficult — physically and psychologically — as trying to lose it.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr delivers an Ismaili Centre International Lecture on “Religion, Secularism and the Challenge of the Environmental Crisis” at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 26 April 2014.

Forces of modernity are preventing a meaningful response to the environmental crisis in favor of economic interests, says Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr. The renowned intellectual and pioneering environmental philosopher was delivering the inaugural Ismaili Centre International Lecture in Burnaby, Canada.

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Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast.

Fasting is among the special observances that Muslims undertake during the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting radically alters the diet, slowing the body’s metabolism and sometimes causing discomfort. However, good health can be maintained by consuming adequate nutrients during meals.

South Asians and other dark-skinned ethnic groups have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency; the best way to get enough vitamin D is to enjoy safe levels of summer sunshine.

When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Most people will make enough of this “sunshine vitamin”, but certain groups of people may not be getting enough from the sun or their diet – and this includes people with dark skin.

The year often starts with great intentions – perhaps you will join a gym, cut out fried foods, or decide to give up fast food – but will they stick? One of the best ways to keep your new year’s resolutions is to make sure they are realistic in the first place.

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