Obesity

Children ‘eating extra meal a day in calories’
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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
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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
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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
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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
Dust bunnies and 4 other things that (might) make you fat
Obesity
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Dust bunnies and 4 other things that (might) make you fat

If you want to shed pounds, think about turning down the thermostat or getting an early night
13 Jul 2017
NHS spends hundreds of thousands on obesity ambulances
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NHS spends hundreds of thousands on obesity ambulances

Fleet of bariatric vehicles grows to accommodate tenfold growth in number of weight-related hospital admissions
11 May 2017
The most common New Year resolutions
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The most common New Year resolutions

Losing weight and improving fitness are among the most popular pledges for 2017
11 Jan 2017
Zero sugar - zero effects? Why 'diet' drinks might not work
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Zero sugar - zero effects? Why 'diet' drinks might not work

Artificially-sweetened drinks don't help with weight loss or diabetes, say Imperial College London scientists
4 Jan 2017
Air horn harasser finally arrested
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Air horn harasser finally arrested

Man had been waking residents every day at 4am with huge horn - and other tall tales
17 Nov 2016
GPs 'should stop worrying about offending obese patients'
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GPs 'should stop worrying about offending obese patients'

Just a 30-second chat about weight can have a major impact for overweight patients
25 Oct 2016
Workplace cake culture 'a danger to health'
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Workplace cake culture 'a danger to health'

Senior dentist says office parties should offer fruit and nuts instead of sugar-laden treats
24 Jun 2016
Redesigned labels show calorie content of favourite foods
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Redesigned labels show calorie content of favourite foods

Calorie Brands project could help frequent snackers think twice before tucking in
15 Jun 2016
One fifth of world population will be obese in next decade
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One fifth of world population will be obese in next decade

Study finds there are now more obese people than underweight people in the world
1 Apr 2016
Sugar tax: MPs back levy, but would it solve obesity crisis?
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Sugar tax: MPs back levy, but would it solve obesity crisis?

Committee says tax would need to form part of wider package of measures that includes a clampdown on promotion
30 Nov 2015
Singapore tops list of world's healthiest countries
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Singapore tops list of world's healthiest countries

Health scores based on smoking and obesity leave Britain lagging behind Belgium, Ireland and Norway
2 Nov 2015
Diabetes set to 'bankrupt NHS' with 60% rise in sufferers
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Diabetes set to 'bankrupt NHS' with 60% rise in sufferers

Lifestyle changes vital to prevent more cases of type 2 diabetes, say medical experts
17 Aug 2015
HEALTHY OR HARMFUL: kids snacks have more sugar than Haribo
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HEALTHY OR HARMFUL: kids snacks have more sugar than Haribo

Parents are 'being misled' say campaigners, but regulators insist that sugar content is 'clearly labelled'
29 May 2015
OBESITY CRISIS: Gastric band surgery for under-25s
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OBESITY CRISIS: Gastric band surgery for under-25s

Surgeons say cost of obesity crisis could bankrupt the NHS – but operations can save money
10 Nov 2014
Who will win the World Cup... of fatness?
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Who will win the World Cup... of fatness?

For this model, the teams were ranked in their groups according to average body mass index
11 Jul 2014
More obese patients to get NHS weight-loss surgery
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More obese patients to get NHS weight-loss surgery

NHS told to spend more on operations to tackle the diabetes epidemic – but can it afford the cost?
11 Jul 2014
NHS to fund Weight Watchers classes to tackle obesity crisis
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NHS to fund Weight Watchers classes to tackle obesity crisis

Doctors told to use a 'non-judgemental' tone and help obese people to lose just 3% body weight
28 May 2014
FAT TOLL: Junk food 'causes more harm than tobacco'
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FAT TOLL: Junk food 'causes more harm than tobacco'

Unhealthy foods are as big a global health risk as cigarettes, obesity groups warn
19 May 2014
Global cancer 'tidal wave': how can it be stopped?
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Global cancer 'tidal wave': how can it be stopped?

Number of cancer cases across the world to reach 24 million by 2035, but half could be prevented
4 Feb 2014
How Americans grew too fat to serve their
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How Americans grew too fat to serve their

Kids want to enlist because the Army has jobs – but they can’t do push-ups and can’t run
6 Nov 2009
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