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Most unaware of body mass

The majority of people do not know their own body mass index (BMI) or body fat ratio, although they understand unhealthy figures mean they have an increased risk of potentially serious health problems.

Of more than 1,000 people questioned, 68pc of men and 63pc of women did not know their BMI and nine out of 10 were not aware of their body fat ratio.

Yet almost all (97pc) were able to identify that an unhealthy BMI coupled with a high body fat ratio increased the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer or type II diabetes.

Unesco names five new sites

Unesco added five cultural sites to its World Heritage List, including the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long-Hanoi in Vietnam.

The citadel, built in the 11th century by the Viet Dynasty, became the 900th site listed as a World Heritage Property. With the other four sites added yesterday, the total increased to 904.

The other new sites were the historic monuments of Dengfeng in China, the archaeological site Sarazm in Tajikistan, the Episcopal city of Albi in France and a 17th-century canal ring in Amsterdam.

First lady in nutrition call

US first lady Michelle Obama is calling on Congress to pass legislation to improve nutritional standards and help fight childhood obesity in American schools.

"We owe it to the children who aren't reaching their potential because they're not getting the nutrition they need during the day," she said.

"And we owe it to our country, because our prosperity depends on the health and vitality of the next generation."

The legislation, if passed, would effectively allow the Agriculture Department to ban junk food in schools.

Ex-NBA player Rodman crash

A vehicle carrying former basketball star Dennis Rodman in south Florida flipped over but he was not hurt.

Sergeant Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol said Rodman and another passenger were not injured in the single-vehicle crash on Saturday on Interstate 95 near Fort Lauderdale. The driver was taken to hospital.