England: severe obesity soars in Year 6 children

Severe obesity among 10- and 11-year-olds has increased by more than a third since 2006-07. 

Call for ban on calorific milkshakes

Milkshakes with ‘grotesque’ amounts of sugar and calories should be banned from being sold in high street restaurants, campaigners claim.

New Zealand: overweight mothers more likely to stop breastfeeding

Overweight mothers are more likely than their healthy-weight counterparts to stop breastfeeding in the first week after having a baby, a new study says.

Great Britain: a healthy diet is ‘unaffordable’ to millions of children

Up to 3.7 million children are living in households that cannot afford to eat healthily.

England & Wales: ‘alarming’ rise in children treated for type 2 diabetes

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

Finland: high vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol

New research has found a link between higher vitamin D levels and cholesterol levels in primary school children.

USA: browbeating picky eaters makes no difference to behaviour or weight

Pressuring fussy children to eat food they dislike does not change their behaviour or their weight, a study has found.

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Nutrition Module 1: Vitamin D status of young children

The importance of vitamin D has come to the fore in recent years leading to frequent discussion...

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Nutrition Module 2: Age-appropriate weaning foods

Weaning practices have changed frequently over the years whether due to trends or in response to new evidence – leaving families and sometimes health professionals unsure of the latest guidance.

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Nutrition Module 3: Nutritional value of the weaning diet

Which nutrients are important to support an infant’s optimal growth?

Carrie Ruxton PhD, registered dietician

An integrated targeted intervention to prevent obesity in infants born into a diverse community

Julie Greenway, Lynne Thompson and Sally Cornfield explore whether a nutrition and healthy-living course for mothers could influence three misleading beliefs that can lead to childhood obesity.

Targeting healthy pregnancies

Journalist Helen Bird looks at the gap in preconception health support and knowledge, and considers a three-part solution.

Social media can raise children's unhealthy snack intake

Research from the University of Liverpool has highlighted the negative influence that social media can have on children’s food intake.

Sensory learning helps children eat more healthily

Researchers have found that sensory-based education in nursery children promotes healthier eating habits.

Early-life obesity impacts children's learning and memory

Being obese or overweight in the first two years of life and poorer cognitive ability at school age have been linked by a study, published in the journal Obesity.

Scotland: government plans to halve childhood obesity

Ambitious plans are being drawn up to halve the number of children with obesity by 2030.

Wales: a quarter of four- and five-year-olds are obese or overweight

Up to 25% of children aged four and five in Wales are obese or overweight.

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