Child Obesity

Why Has the School Run Become Controversial?

Joe Irvin | Posted 09.02.2016 | 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?

Under Labour, High Food Standards Will Apply in All Schools

Sharon Hodgson | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sharon Hodgson

Parents deserve a guarantee that school food will be high quality, and for those children and young people for whom their free school meal may be the only proper meal they get, we owe it to them to ensure that that meal is a good one. That's why Labour, along with Jamie Oliver and a number of other campaigners, has consistently called for our school food standards to apply to all schools once again.

Grandma - A Danger to Your Child's Health

Frank Furedi | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Furedi

It is official - your grandma is a risk to your child's health. You may regard your grandparents as the perfect solution to your child-care problems. But watch out! Research shows that those indulgent old dears ceaselessly feed your kids with treats and unwittingly turn them into obese children.

Moving Towards Change: Why Dance Can Be So Much More Than Just A Hobby

Leanne Pero | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Leanne Pero

Dance has proven to be a fantastic engagement tool for girls and young women who often begin a life-long pursuit which brings them both fitness and pleasure.

Abbott Blames 1980's Feminism For Weakening The Family

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.05.2012 | UK Politics

Feminist attitudes in the 1980s which had an ambivalence towards talking about the family as it was seen as a "site of oppression" were a mistake, Lab...

The New Faces Fronting The Fight Against Child Obesity

PA | Posted 05.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Jamie Oliver and Steven Gerrard have joined forces with leading figures in health and education to ask the Government to fight obesity through cookery...

PE Lessons 'Put Girls Off Sport' For Life

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

PE lessons are putting girls off sport and making them feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, new research suggests. Sport is too competitive, with ...

Obesity May Be Determined In Womb By Mother's Lifestyle

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A pregnant woman’s diet and lifestyle could have an effect on her child’s weight later in life, a study has found. Scientists discovered a link...

Outdoor Education, Obesity and the Off Switch

Helena Gillespie | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Gillespie

We can't let ourselves be consumed by the panic about technology and blame it for the all the challenges, problems and stresses of modern parenting and childhood. We have to accept and embrace the role technology plays in our lives and help children to learn how to use it appropriately and enjoyably and when, crucially, to switch it off.

Bullied Children Turn To Dieting As Young As Seven

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Over a quarter of children under 10 have been bullied over their weight, fuelling a dieting epidemic affecting those as young as seven, a study has re...

Growing Problem Of Obese Children In Primary Schools

PA | Posted 14.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

The percentage of children who are obese in their final year of primary school is rising, with almost one in five now obese. Data for England from ...