Obesity

New year diets: your need-to-know guide
New year diets
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New year diets: your need-to-know guide

Maintaining healthy eating habits during lockdown can be a struggle - but it can be done
25 Dec 2020
Instant Opinion: Harry and Meghan ‘nothing without gossip’
Harry and Meghan
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Instant Opinion: Harry and Meghan ‘nothing without gossip’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 28 July
28 Jul 2020
Personal trainer refuses to work with ‘fat people’
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Personal trainer refuses to work with ‘fat people’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Jul 2020
Which countries have gained the most weight in lockdown?
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Which countries have gained the most weight in lockdown?

Almost half of Brits report piling on pounds since March
19 May 2020
The coronavirus-obesity link examined
An overweight man eating junk food
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The coronavirus-obesity link examined

Overweight Covid-19 patients disproportionately likely to be admitted to intensive care
22 Apr 2020
Ban food on trains, says chief medical officer
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Ban food on trains, says chief medical officer

Dame Sally Davies says snacking culture contributes to obesity
10 Oct 2019
Does Britain need a snack tax?
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Does Britain need a snack tax?

Study finds that taxing sugary snacks not drinks would cut obesity more effectively
5 Sep 2019

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Obesity ‘causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’
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Obesity ‘causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’

Cancer Research UK accused of ‘fat shaming’ in its new campaign
3 Jul 2019
Today’s front pages: local elections and obesity scare
Obesity
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Today’s front pages: local elections and obesity scare

A round up of the headlines from UK newspapers on 29 April
29 Apr 2019
Is your diet killing you?
Nuggets
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Is your diet killing you?

New research suggests eating ‘ultra-processed’ foods may increase risk of early death
12 Feb 2019
Obesity-related cancers rocket among millennials
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Obesity-related cancers rocket among millennials

Major US study reveals that younger generations are at higher risk
4 Feb 2019
‘Skinny genes’ play significant part in weight, study finds
Weight, scales, obesity
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‘Skinny genes’ play significant part in weight, study finds

Genetics research suggests ‘dice are loaded’ against the obese from birth
25 Jan 2019
Are you eating enough fibre?
Bread, Diet, Food
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Are you eating enough fibre?

Landmark study finds eating high-fibre diet cuts risk of chronic diseases and early death
14 Jan 2019
What are the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes?
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What are the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes?

5,000 patients put on ultra low calorie liquid diet which may ‘cure’ the disease
30 Nov 2018
Fact check: do diet pills work?
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Fact check: do diet pills work?

The Week looks at the research into prescription and over-the-counter weight-loss drugs
21 Nov 2018
How childhood obesity is linked to traffic pollution
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How childhood obesity is linked to traffic pollution

New research suggests that babies and children exposed to toxic air gain weight faster
5 Nov 2018
How many hours of sleep do children need?
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How many hours of sleep do children need?

New study suggests social media and anxiety may be behind dramatic rise in childhood sleep disorders
1 Oct 2018
Ten fattest countries in Europe
The rise in fast food outlets has been partly blamed for Britain's obesity epidemic
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Ten fattest countries in Europe

New study shows UK has third-highest level of obesity among European nations
12 Sep 2018
Can lack of sleep make you fat?
Sleep, bed
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Can lack of sleep make you fat?

New study suggests just one sleepless night can make your body store extra fat
23 Aug 2018
Why McDonald’s Happy Meals are officially ‘healthy’
McDonalds Happy Meal
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Why McDonald’s Happy Meals are officially ‘healthy’

Fast-food children’s menu gets the green light from UK advertising watchdog
8 Aug 2018
Three quarters of UK children ‘overfed from birth’
Newborn babies at hospital
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Three quarters of UK children ‘overfed from birth’

First new official feeding guidance in 24 years raise ‘concern’ about link to childhood obesity
18 Jul 2018
Fact check: the truth about artificial sweeteners
Equal and Splenda artificial sweeteners
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Fact check: the truth about artificial sweeteners

Are synthetic sugar substitutes in our food and drinks safe? The Week looks at the research
11 Jul 2018
Cartoon characters could be banned from junk food
Frosties, Tony the Tiger, cereal
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Cartoon characters could be banned from junk food

Tony the Tiger and the Dairylea cow could be banished from shelves under new proposals
30 May 2018
Childhood obesity: 22,000 Year Six pupils ‘severely obese’
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Childhood obesity: 22,000 Year Six pupils ‘severely obese’

One in 25 students in England and Wales dangerously overweight
29 May 2018
Ten ways to reduce the risk of cancer
Doctors look at films of breast cancer X-rays
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Ten ways to reduce the risk of cancer

New report says obesity set to overtake smoking as leading global cause of the disease
24 May 2018
New Look accused of ‘fat tax’ on plus-size clothes
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New Look accused of ‘fat tax’ on plus-size clothes

Retailer vows to review pricing system after online backlash
15 May 2018
London Underground to consider ban on junk food adverts
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London Underground to consider ban on junk food adverts

Sadiq Khan’s proposal to tackle child obesity in the capital gets the thumbs-up from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg
11 May 2018
The ten worst areas in England for childhood obesity
An overweight man eating junk food
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The ten worst areas in England for childhood obesity

New study shows nine of the most overweight neighbourhoods are in London
26 Apr 2018
Sharp rise in ‘multimorbidity’ blamed on obesity
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Sharp rise in ‘multimorbidity’ blamed on obesity

GPs struggling to cope with number of patients suffering multiple health problems fuelled by unhealthy lifestyles
19 Apr 2018
Children ‘eating extra meal a day in calories’
An overweight man eating junk food
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Children ‘eating extra meal a day in calories’

Public Health England calls on food industry to cut portion sizes in bid to tackle obesity crisis
6 Mar 2018
Why is the UK so fat?
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Why is the UK so fat?

Government urged to reclassify obesity as a disease
4 Jan 2018
Number of obese children up tenfold since 1975
Overweight Chinese students at a fitness camp near Beijing
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Number of obese children up tenfold since 1975

World Obesity Day prompts numerous reports detailing extent and impact of rising obesity levels
11 Oct 2017
Global cost of obesity to top £900bn a year from 2025
An overweight man eating junk food
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Global cost of obesity to top £900bn a year from 2025

New figures suggest a third of the world’s population will be obese within eight years
10 Oct 2017
‘Upselling’ tactics fuel UK obesity crisis, warn experts
An overweight man eating junk food
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‘Upselling’ tactics fuel UK obesity crisis, warn experts

Customers lured into consuming an extra 17,000 calories per year
7 Sep 2017