Childhood Obesity

The Obesity Crisis: A Complex Issue But We Need to Take Responsibility

Emer Delaney | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.

Girl Praised By Mum's Friend For Refusing To Calculate BMI At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents

A man praised his friend's daughter for standing up against body-shape norms that "persecute children", by refusing to calculate her BMI at school. Th...

Fruit Drink Bottles Can Contain More Sugar Than Kids Should Consume In A Day

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

The sugar content of many fruit drinks marketed to children - including natural fruit juices and smoothies - is "unacceptably high", the British Medic...

Will the Sugar Tax Stop Childhood Obesity?

Chris Hall | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents
Chris Hall

With the release of last week's budget, it seems everyone is talking about the sugar tax. Over the last few days I've read several opinions on whether...

Six Ways to Reduce Sugar in Our Children's Diet

Laura Kenny | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Kenny

Too much sugar has been linked to obesity in both adults and children. With Britain about to bring in a new sugar tax, it will be interesting to see how this will affect the sales of fizzy drinks and the overall health of the country as a whole.

Junk Food Advertising Should Be Banned Near Schools, Says LGA

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents

Local communities should be given the freedom to ban junk food advertising near schools, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. The LGA, whi...

Junk Food Adverts Could Be Banned From Children's Content Online

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

Junk food advertising could be banned from children's content streamed online in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, the UK's advertising watchdog has ...

The Truth About Sugar

Jodie Tyley | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Tyley

By eating more sugar than our bodies actually need, we are storing the excess as fat, leading to an increase in obesity and many other health problems throughout the world. Keeping track of how much sugar we eat can be difficult, though, as it goes by many different names and is hidden in some unlikely foods.

Kids Need Annual BMI Checks To Curb Obesity, Government Advisors Suggest

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents

Children between the ages of four and 11 should have annual body mass index (BMI) checks, a government think tank has advised. The Policy Exchange ...

Jamie Oliver's 'Ninja' Warning Over Sugar Tax

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK Politics

Jamie Oliver has called for the Tory Government to be kicked out of office at the next election if David Cameron fails to tackle sugary diets fuelling...

WHO Reveals Measures Needed To Combat Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has backed the campaign calling for "sugar tax" on soft drinks, as part of a new report on childhood obesity. T...

Is This New Sugar Tax Simply Fat-Shaming?

Julie Creffield | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Creffield

My alarm went off at 6am this morning and I was extremely tired after having a very restless nights sleep dreaming about cream cakes, biscuits and chocolate. Now this is not a normal occurrence for me, I don't have a particularly sweet tooth but also do not unnecessarily restrict my intake of such things if I fancy them, but I guess I can take them or leave them.

Diet is Half the Solution to Childhood Obesity - Physical Activity Plays an Important Part Too

Joe Irvin | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

It's difficult to open a newspaper at the moment and not read about the proposed 'sugar tax'. As we know, this is an attempt to tackle the ballooning childhood obesity problem. What you might not know is just how big the problem is.

MPs Support Sugar Tax And Restriction On Junk Food Adverts For Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Parents

MPs and campaigners have joined the drive for a 20% sugar tax on soft drinks and a restriction on TV junk food adverts to fight childhood obesity. ...

Sugar Ain't Sweet Jeremy Hunt

Ben Johns | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Sugar is and will always be a treat, just like a glass of wine or the occasional cigarette but when there are equally bad effects on the health then surely its time that we call a cut on the amount that we consume. It may taste sweet initially, but the long term effects which aren't being showed to us should make you feel bitter.

The Coco Pops Monkey Has A Lot To Answer For Over Childhood Obesity, Apparently

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

The Coco Pops Monkey is partially to blame for childhood obesity, according to an official review into a proposed sugar tax. Speaking to the Health...

Childhood Obesity - a Problem of Epic Proportions

Fiona Smith | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Parents
Fiona Smith

Childhood obesity is a problem we all know about but it's the size of the problem that we have yet to fully understand, and the magnitude of the danger it poses to our children and their long term health as adults.

Our Postcode Should Not Determine Our Children's Health

Keith Clements | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Clements

We must all hope that fresh eyes being cast on the challenge will re-invigorate the fight against health inequalities. It is clear that decision makers at all levels need to keep the faith and throw everything at this battle.

When It Comes to Mental Health, We Are Failing UK Children

Fiona Smith | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Support for children with mental health issues is actually decreasing at alarming speed. £80m has been cut from the NHS mental health budget for children and adolescents in the past four years, including £35m in the last year alone. Without access to help and treatment, children's issues will only continue into adulthood - all the time developing into more serious conditions.

Increasing Number Of Toddlers On Weight Loss Programmes Dubbed 'NHS Fat Camps'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

An increasing number of young children are being put on planned weight loss programmes in a bid to tackle rising levels of obesity, a health authority...

That Tesco Ribena Ban Is Even More Confusing Than You First Thought

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The internet was sent into a frenzy after Tesco announced that they'd be axing Ribena, Capri-Sun and Rubicon in an attempt to crack down on childhood ...

Tesco Has Banned Ribena And The Internet Is NOT Happy About It

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

On Monday, Tesco announced the sad news that Ribena, Capri-Sun and Rubicon will no longer grace their shelves. The decision to remove the drinks w...

Steve Miller: 'Parents Of Obese Children Should Be Sent To Jail'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents

A weight loss campaigner has called for the government to consider sending the parents of obese children to jail. Steve Miller, host of TV show Fat...

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Walking to School: One Way to Defuse the Childhood Obesity Timebomb

Joe Irvin | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Joe Irvin

Over the next 10 years, pupil numbers are going to increase. The walk to school is in long-term decline and it would impact greatly on future generations if something so vital to the health of our children became a thing of the past.