Childhood Obesity

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

Diane Abbott | Posted 22.07.2016 | 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.

Obesity Strategy Delayed To The Autumn

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May has decided to delay the publication of the Government’s child anti-obesity strategy to the autumn. Downing Street has told The Huffingt...

Jamie Oliver Urges Theresa May: Please Act On Child Obesity

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Politics

Jamie Oliver has urged Theresa May not to water down a planned anti-obesity strategy for children, declaring he will “do anything” to help. As par...

These 5 Amazing Initiatives Can Help Your Kid Build A Better Relationship With Food

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In the UK, there is a lost generation who cannot cook and who do not know where their food comes from or what constitutes a balanced diet. This corre...

New Government, New Chance to Tackle Obesity

Professor John Wass | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor John Wass

Through all the political turmoil of the past few weeks and discussions about what Brexit means for Britain, one thing has remained consistently true - we need to take strong action on childhood obesity. The UK's very high levels of childhood obesity, dental decay and diet-related ill-health did not magically decrease after the Brexit vote.

Blaming Parents Is Not Going to Help Tackle the Childhood Obesity Crisis

Amy Packham | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Packham

When it comes to healthy eating and maintaining a well-balanced diet I think we could all, not just parents, benefit from learning more about what's best for our bodies. But the way to do that is to educate people, not bash and blame them when they're doing something wrong.

Adolescent Health: The Forgotten Generation

Professor Mark Hanson | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Mark Hanson

What does the future look like for the 1.2billion adolescents in the world today, almost 90% of whom live in developing countries? For adolescent girls in particular, under-age marriage, violence and abuse and teenage pregnancy blight their lives. Their access to education or a minimum wage if employed, and especially to health care, is severely limited.

Obese Patients Can Now Have a Gut 'Tap' To Drain Stomach Contents

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Tech

You might think that hitting the gym sounds like a drastic solution to weight loss, but wait till you hear this. A new device has been approved for us...

Small But 'Worrying' Rise In Kids With Type 2 Diabetes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents

There has been a small but "worrying rise" in the number of children developing Type 2 diabetes. The vast majority of children with the condition ha...

Childhood Obesity: Exploding Nightmare

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

If parents can have such an impact on their child's well-being surely it's time more adults begin to take responsibility for their own health, thereby encouraging their children to follow suit?

To Tackle Childhood Obesity We Need to Address Marketing to Children

Professor John Wass | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Parents
Professor John Wass

We are facing a childhood obesity crisis. Currently more than one in five children in England are overweight or obese before starting primary school; by the time they leave primary school this increases to a third.

Junk Food Adverts Aimed At Children Could Be Banned To Combat Child Obesity Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Junk food adverts targeted specifically at children could be banned in a bid to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic. The ban is being considered by ...

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.