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.

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.

Wales and England: scarlett fever cases are the highest since 1960s

Parents are being urged to be on the lookout for symptoms after more than 17,000 cases of scarlet fever were reported in the past year already – the highest levels since the 1960s.

Scotland: cut kitchen crimes to improve food safety

A new campaign highlighting 20 common ‘kitchen crimes’ that can lead to food poisoning has been launched by the Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Researchers find strange patterns of type 1 diabetes and asthma in children

Children with asthma are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes; but asthma develops less frequently in children with existing type 1 diabetes, suggesting a complex link between the diseases.

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