Childhood Obesity

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.

Jamie Oliver: Teaching Kids About Food Can Help 'Change The World'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There were 43 million children under the age of five classed as overweight or obese in 2013. Jamie Oliver says that we're in the throws of a "globa...

The Dual Fuelling of Britain's Childhood Obesity

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Nitin Shori

Teenagers often live in the 'here and now' and rarely think about the long-term consequences of their actions - hitting 30 seems a lifetime away. Like so many things, the implications of what they eat and how active they are has not yet hit home.

Your Vote Counts in the Fight Against Obesity!

Nigel Denby | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Parents
Nigel Denby

The research published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that the likelihood of toddlers developing obesity is largely governed by their parents and that fat parents are more likely to nurture fat toddlers.

Are Your Kids More Likely To Be Obese If You Are?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Parents

Obesity in children has different causes at different ages, new research has found. A comparison of children in 2010 with data on youngsters in the...

Why the Government Should Make Nurseries Its Allies in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

Nursery staff talk to the children about the meals they are preparing and involve them. The children sow the seeds, water the plants and pick the produce. They bring in fresh courgettes from the garden and chop them up for lunch.

Why We Need to Stop Ignoring Childhood Obesity

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Sally Norton

It is hard to give a good example to our kids when our own eating behaviour and body image have been skewed by years of yo-yo-dieting, misleading health advice and media pressure. If we develop a better relationship with healthy eating and exercise, then not only will our own bodies benefit, but our children will have a great example that they can learn from.

Parents Are Failing To Recognise Their Child Is Obese

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Childhood obesity is becoming more and more common in the UK, but parents may not be able to recognise the warning signs. New research has found pa...

10-Month-Old Baby Girl Weighs The Same As A Six-Year-Old

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A shockingly obese 10-month-old baby girl in India has weighed in at almost 3 stone, making her one of the heaviest children in the world for her age....