Childhood Obesity

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....

Beyoncé Reveals Workout Video, World Breaks Into A Sweat Just Watching It

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Oh to be Beyoncé. The singer graced us with an insight into her epic fitness regime last night. And - to be quite honest - it made us sweat ju...

Are Sugary Drinks To Blame For Girls Starting Periods Early In Life?

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sugary drinks could be causing women to start their menstrual cycle prematurely, according to a new study. The discovery is particularly important ...

Mystery Illness Leaves 10-Month-Old Baby 'Morbidly Obese'

Barcroft | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

At just ten months old, Juanita Valentina Hernandez weighs the same as an average five-year-old. And it poses a huge risk to her health. The bubbly...

Your Children Are Fat! Teachers Tell Parents It's Their Job to Keep Their Kids Slim

Olga Levancuka | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

For us whom live in London, a hard fitness regime is paramount as such as in New York, do forget about the rest of England, where average folk look... healthy. Like they actually have had something to eat.

Response to the Obesity Study

Vicky Frankland | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

There have been many articles in the newspapers over the past week; all centered a new study from the University of London, which involved data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. After 4 days of looking at a group of nearly 3000 adults over the age of 50 this study has discovered that fat shaming does not help people lose weight.

Five Inspiring Campaigns to Reverse Childhood Obesity

Christopher James Clark | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christopher James Clark

During the past several years, Michelle Obama has been the most visible champion of childhood obesity awareness, primarily through her Let's Move campaign. But many other organizations and individuals are also directing incredible energy and creativity toward reversing this tragic epidemic.

Too Many Cattle?

Clive Norman | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

Today a report was released saying essentially that greenhouse gasses are increasing due to having too many cattle. I think this is tosh. What do you think?

Junk Food 'Destroying Health Of A Generation Of Children'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The health of an entire generation of children could be "destroyed" by a diet of junk food and lack of exercise, doctors have warned. As a result,...