A study by the Ministry of Health in 10 of Spain's autonomous regions has found that 25 percent of 10-year-old boys are obese (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The investigation looked at 14,000 children between the age of six and 10 in areas including Andalucia, the Canary Islands and Extremadura (Catalunya was not part of the study). On average, amongst boys aged between six and 10 almost 20 percent are obese, according to the report. Amongst the girls who participated, it was discovered that 15 percent of six to 10-year-olds are clinically obese, although like with the boys, amongst the 10-year-old group only, the figure is higher, in the girl's case standing at 19 percent.
Racing driver Marc Gené has become the first Catalan to win the 24-hour car race, Le Mans (article in Catalan, Avui). The native of Sabadell, who is also a test pilot for the Formula One cars for Ferrari, competed in a team with Austrian Alex Wurz and David Brabham, who had previously taken part in the competition 16 times without winning. The three men shared the driving of a Peugeot car to complete the 382-lap competition, but it was Gené who drove the car over the winning line and enjoyed the moment of glory from behind the steering-wheel.
Around 100 people took part in a nude bike ride in Barcelona yesterday to demand improved security for cyclists in the city (article in Catalan, Avui). The event was part of a global initiative of naked cycling, the sixth World Naked Bike Ride, to bring attention to the safety of those who travel by two wheels. The unclothed Barcelona cyclists started from Plaça Universitat and made their way to beaches near the Parc del Fòrum where events were taking place for the city's Setmana de la Bicicleta (Bike Week). Participants spoke about the lack of respect by car drivers for cyclists as well as the lack of interest by politicians for improving bike safety here.