UK: BMI remains useful gauge of obesity

The body mass index (BMI) remains useful for assessing obesity and health, despite criticism that it cannot distinguish fat from lean mass, a study suggests.

England: children exceed healthy sugar limit by age 10

The average child has already exceeded the maximum sugar intake recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they turn 10, says Public Health England.

Great Britain: new guidance on obesity in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women should focus on eating healthily and be supported with advice on diet and the risks of obesity.

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.

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.

Veganism: the right diet for children?

Increasing numbers of parents are opting to bring up their children on a vegan diet. But is this advisable – or sustainable? Journalist Radhika Holmström asks a panel of specialists.

Children in charge of unhealthy packed lunches

Children are persuading parents to fill their lunchboxes with sugary and fattening treats, according to research.

Anti-obesity drives help boost pupil performance

A review of anti-obesity initiatives in schools found they helped to improve pupils’ problem-solving and could boost achievement.

England: call for action on childhood obesity

A new report from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity seeks to shift the debate around childhood obesity from ‘willpower’ to how environments shape decision-making in diets.
 

Northern Ireland: diabetes incidence rises 62% in decade

Called for early intervention and prevention programmes to be implemented for those at greatest risk

Fortifying flour with folic acid is harmless

No evidence of harm from higher doses of folic acid exists, says new research, leading to renewed calls for it to be added to flour to help protect babies from birth defects such as spina bifida.

Anti-obesity programmes in schools don't work

School-based programmes aimed at reducing obesity in children have little or no effect, a study suggests.

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