Child Obesity

Crisps 'Better Than Raisins' As A Kids' Snack, Says Dentist

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents

A dentist’s advice that children should have crisps rather than raisins in their packed lunch, has been called into question. Ben Atkins from the Br...

Has The Time Come At Last For The Humble Pedestrian?

Joe Irvin | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Joe Irvin

Recently I was at a conference about the importance of transport for tourism. After five speakers I had yet to hear anyone mention walking. Yet walkin...

Parents Of Overweight Children Explain Where The Problem Started

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents of overweight children have explained on a forum the reasons they feel their kids put on weight. A mum and researcher asked on Mumsnet what ot...

Parents Know Their Kids Eat Too Much Sugar, But Are Fighting A Losing Battle Against Pester Power

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Parents

Parents are aware their children eat too much sugar, but don’t know what to do to reduce their intake, a report has revealed. A survey of 2,001 pare...

Our Children's Eating Habits Might Not Seem Troublesome On The Surface, But They're A Ticking Timebomb

Linda Cregan | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Parents
Linda Cregan

In a year in which government published a childhood obesity action plan and announced its intention to begin taxing sugary soft drinks to encourage reformulation and smaller portion sizes, we might have expected to close the year on an optimistic note for children's nutrition. However, the measures announced this year will not go anywhere near far enough to tackle the issues facing the malnourished middle.

Junk Food Will No Longer Be Advertised Around Kids' Content Online, In Print Or In Cinemas

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents

Advertising of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food and drink products in non-broadcast media aimed at children has been banned, the Committee of Adve...

These Are The Portion Sizes You Should Be Feeding Your Toddler

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

Along with everything else you have to learn as a new parent, knowing how much your child should be eating at different ages is another to add to the ...

Children Are Consuming Twice As Much Sugar As They Should Be

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents

Children aged four to 10 years old are consuming more than double the recommended daily amount of sugar, a national survey has revealed. ‘The Nation...

Peter Andre Sparks Debate By Revealing He Weighs His Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Parents

Peter Andre has revealed he weighs his two oldest children to make sure they’re “not too skinny”. The dad-of-three, 43, to Junior, 11, Princess,...

The Sugary Drinks Tax - The Economic Case for Action

Professor John Wass | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Professor John Wass

Any public health measure must always consider the financial impact of action. But it is simply misleading to talk about possible financial impact of a measure without also talking about the economic burden we are already facing. The economic argument for action is huge - £27billion a year. That's why we can't afford not to introduce the soft drinks industry levy.

Delaying the Fight Against Childhood Obesity Means We Risk Sleepwalking Into a Public Health Crisis

Diane Abbott | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The health of children should be a priority for any Government as a moral duty, but also for the very practical reason that the savings made by cutting their care will be eclipsed by the multiplied costs of caring for them in adulthood. In the face of this crisis, the government as part of its wider budget reductions, has made its biggest cuts to local public health, which includes local health visitors, child obesity programmes and school nurses. This is not only wrong-headed, but a scandalous false economy.

The Sugar Tax Is in the Political Graveyard, Isn't It?

Brook Whelan | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

The new government has to be able to have the freedom to look at some of the decisions made by the previous government, like the sugar tax, and has to have the freedom to say 'actually, we don't think we will go ahead with this'. And bravo to them if they have the guts to do this.

Exercise 'Boosts Kids' Brain Power And Academic Skill'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents

Exercise boosts kids’ brain power and academic skill, says a consensus statement on physical activity in schools, published in the British Journal o...

Kids 'Banned From Bringing In Packed Lunches' At This Primary School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents

Children in a primary school have reportedly been banned from bringing in their own packed lunches after staff spotted pupils bringing in unhealthy fo...

Why Has the School Run Become Controversial?

Joe Irvin | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

In the past week there has been a spate of news stories related to walking to school. From harmful air quality, to traffic congestion and dangerous parking outside school gates, the school run has become a contentious issue.

Fitness Instructor Mum Says School Weight Measurement Made Her Daughter 'Distraught'

SWNS | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Parents

A mum claims her 11-year-old daughter became "distraught" after school health professionals branded her "overweight". Amelya Lyndsay, 35, who work...

Sugary Drinks Including Ribena And Capri-Sun To Be Axed From Tesco

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents

Ribena and other sugary drinks will be axed by UK supermarket Tesco in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, a new report has revealed. Other drinks ...

Strict Parenting Is Likely To Make Your Child Overweight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Frequent watchers of Supernanny and Wife Swap may come to the conclusion that bringing your kids up with a firm hand will prevent them from turning in...

74 Children Taken Into Care For Being Too Fat

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK

More than 70 children have been taken into care in the last five years because they are morbidly obese, it has been reported. Figures revealed that...

The UK Is Far Too PC on Child Obesity

Alan Jackson | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

It appears that in the UK we have become so politically correct that accurate biological terminology can't be applied even when highly appropriate and in perfect context. We have to swerve around precise, quantifiable and descriptive words and replace them with ineffectual euphemisms.

British Children Are Not Alone

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

The UK scores very badly in terms of our children's connection to Nature - right near the bottom of the league table. So it is tempting to think that in the rest of the world children are much better connected. But the table is relative - and the problem is global.

WATCH: Katie Hopkins 'Fat Kids' Mash-Up

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to Dave Wollacott for managing to take Katie Hopkins' infamous spat with Sonia Poulton on 'This Morning' - over the issue of child ob...

Who Cares About a Few Fat Kids?

Alan Jackson | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

Apparently not many do, and I'd like to tell you why. As a weight management practitioner and obesity lecturer of 20 years I have made up my mind on a number of weight-related matters, however they are unlikely to draw any gasps or change the course of history.

Back to School - Tips on Getting Children Eating Breakfasts

Sian Breslin | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

This blog post is not a rant on obesity. Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to share some tips on what you as a parent can do your part to improve the situation. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why then, does the report show that almost half (47%) of boys and over a third (36%) of girls aged 13 go skip breakfast?

India's Supersize Kids

Anita Rani | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Anita Rani

India is a food nation; the one thing you don't deny people is food. My mum taught me, if someone comes to your house you always offer them something to eat. Traditional Indian food is full of vegetables, lentils, rice, wholemeal bread; recipes taught and passed down from generation to generation, but it's hardly a high fat diet. So how was I now back in India to make to make a programme for the BBC about the emerging crisis of obesity, or 'dia-besity' that's unfolding there?