Childhood obesity: an overview of the existing barriers to the health practitioner’s role in providing effective intervention

Amalia Burca Bouch highlights the latest guidance, and health professional research, on reducing the risks of childhood obesity. She also explores existing barriers to effective intervention and implementation of the guidelines.

Park run phenomenon

Since its beginnings in 2004, parkrun has inspired people to be more active, volunteer in their community and enjoy keeping fit. Chrissie Wellington, the setup’s global lead for health and wellbeing, reports on how it grew into a global phenomenon.

Adverse childhood experiences

Professor Mark Bellis is a director of Public Health Wales, an advisor to WHO, and an expert in violence prevention, alcohol, drugs and sexual health. Mark’s talk at the upcoming Unite-CPHVA conference focuses on adverse childhood experiences and their impact on individuals.

Messy family break-ups can increase risk to child health

Children of parents who had an acrimonious separation are more susceptible to colds in adulthood,

Mental abuse impacts more than domestic abuse

Growing up in a home with psychological abuse has longer-term effects on young people’s wellbeing than domestic violence, according to a new study from Ireland.

City life could present psychosis risk for teens

Living in a city could make young people more vulnerable to psychotic experiences, according to a UK study. 

Women taking back control

When victims of domestic violence escape, they often only have time to take a few, if any, basic necessities. One beauty blogger read about this and realised she could help. Beverley D’Silva caught up with her.

Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health, report finds

A survey looking at how social networking sites affect young people’s mental health has found most have more negative than positive effects – with Instagram ranked the most detrimental.

Suicide attempts by teens on increase to gain mental health referrals

Young people are attempting suicide to get help from specialist mental health services, according to a headteacher and various charities.

Scotland: excessive wait for mental health treatment

Children and young people have waited up to 666 days after being referred to mental health services in Scotland, it has been revealed.

Therapy with parents is better

Involving parents in the treatment of children with disruptive behaviour disorders (DBDs) has the best results, says new research.