Far too many children (and adults) do not get enough exercise to remain healthy. You can see the evidence in every high street and classroom. And the statistics for obesity related illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes are terrifying.
We are one of the fattest countries in the world. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, we come in at 7th place.
Why on earth has Michael Gove commissioned yet another report on school dinners? Are they under orders to come up with something significantly different from what Jamie Oliver told the last government?
On Thursday, high-profile science journal Nature published a commentary by three academics, which argued that sugar is a toxin and that it should be subject to similar kinds of public-health interventions as alcohol. In other words, sugar should be taxed and restricted just like booze.
The eating disorder service is a highly specialised branch of mental health traditionally focused on treating patients suffering severe weight loss through conditions like anorexia and bulimia. These patients often define themselves through their weight and body shape, and we are now looking at employing these skills to help tackle obesity.
‘You’re right. It’s not a disease, it’s a disgrace.’ That’s what former Militant council leader, turned permatanned gobshite, Derek Hatton told me on the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live as we discussed whether it was irresponsible to be fat. Hatton thought that fat people should be taxed. After all, he said, unlike drinkers and smokers they contribute nothing to the healthcare costs they impose upon society. He’s not alone. A few years ago, Giles Coren made a TV programme called Tax the Fat.
60% of British adults are overweight or obese.
The Government addressed this today.
80% of people with eating disorders are overweight or obese.
The Government dismissed this today.
The Department of Health’s Call to Action takes the stance that it is our personal duty to halt the rise in obesity in the hope of a downward trend by 2020. [...]
This may have been the ‘9/11 decade’, but it was also a decade in which the most pertinent issues facing humanity were subverted.
One of the eternal debates among all parties interested in the health of the nation — be they government, medical professionals or charities — is how to get the inactive engaged in physical exercise.
When you take part in events such as triathlons, charity running events from the London Marathon to a local 5km, the Swimathon [...]
We’re told never to judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t seem to apply to programme titles.
The second Dr Christian Jessen began plugging his new four part series, Twitterers, myself included, started to ask questions. I made a judgement, and not a positive one. It was difficult to express exactly how I felt [...]
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