News in numbers: January/February 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Obesity: is it everybody's problem?

Can government strategy help tip the scales on the UK’s excess weight, or is there too much onus on the individual? And what do CPs think? Journalist Jo Waters reports.

News in numbers: November/December 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Pester power of children can influence family diet

Children’s ‘pester power’ may help families to eat more healthily at home, says a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

Vitamin D lack in mothers associated with ADHD in children

Low levels of maternal vitamin D in early pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a study.

Unfit for life?

Physical inactivity among the UK’s children is at crisis point. What can be done? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Ireland: screen use and obesity linked to short-sightedness in children

Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heavy use of screens and reduced daylight are making short-sightedness in children more likely, researchers have found.

India: free lunch boosts children’s test scores

Primary school children given free school lunches have significantly better learning outcomes.

UK: parents support watershed for junk food ads

The public supports tougher restrictions on junk food advertising, including a 9pm watershed, according to the results of a survey published by Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).

Wales: lesson plans to teach young people healthy messages

Encouraging young people to take responsibility for their health is now easier with the launch of an online resource containing lesson plans and practical information for those who deliver key public health messages.

Northern Ireland: online tool helps patients self-manage health

An online tool has been launched by the health service to help people in Northern Ireland self-manage their illnesses.

Wales: keeping people active to fight against obesity

The Welsh Government is consulting on a programme of action to tackle obesity, branded the ‘greatest public health challenge facing our generation’ by health minister Vaughan Gething.

Germany: maternal stress linked with childen being overweight

A mother’s high stress levels during her child’s first year of life will probably lead to her child developing a higher body mass index in the first five years of its life.

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.

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