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The Welsh Government has unveiled new guidance for regulated childcare settings to help them ensure they provide the children they care for with healthy food and drink. The new guidance forms part of a range of Welsh Government initiatives that will contribute to preventing obesity in Wales, and help ensure…
Young people are experiencing a "double epidemic" of obesity and mental health problems, the head of NHS England has warned. Chief executive Simon Stevens (pictured) said the issues were key priorities as the health service, which is marking its 70th year, looks to the future. But he said technology companies…
More than a third of NHS trusts have failed to sign up to a scheme to cut sales of sugary drinks in hospitals, new figures show. NHS England said 80 out of 232 trusts have not yet joined the voluntary programme, which aims to reduce the number of sugary soft…
Nearly 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year could be avoided through lifestyle changes, according to new research. Smoking is the biggest avoidable cause of cancer, followed by excess weight, overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds, drinking alcohol, eating too little fibre, and outdoor…
The UK is "falling behind" comparable countries for several child health issues, a new report has found. Improvements in life expectancy have stalled, breastfeeding rates are among the lowest in the world and the nation's children have some of the highest levels of obesity. An analysis of UK child health…
Britain needs to go on a diet, a top health officials has said after it emerged that some of the nation's children are eating the equivalent of an extra meal a day in calories. Public Health England (PHE) warned that obesity is becoming "the norm" as it challenged the food…
The number of people living with diabetes has doubled in the last 20 years, a charity has said. Diabetes UK said the condition is the "fastest growing health crisis of our time" as it found that the number of people diagnosed with the condition across the UK has reached almost…
One in four of the nation's nurses is obese, a new study suggests. With almost half of English nurses over the age of 45, this "poses a likely future burden of ill health for the healthcare workforce", researchers said. Experts said the figures were "deeply worrying". Meanwhile, one in three…
Eating disorder patients in England are being sent to Scotland by the NHS because of bed shortages, it has been reported. Most of the patients are said to be teenagers and young adults who have been transferred hundreds of miles from home into residential care units in Glasgow and Edinburgh.…
Sugary drinks could be banned from hospitals in England under new plans to tackle the rising number of overweight NHS staff. NHS England is consulting on whether to prohibit the sales of beverages with added sugar in hospitals. As well as cans of pop, this could also include a ban…
Councils say they plan to spend less money fighting obesity. Figures from the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils, show they are forecast to spend £127 million in 2016/17 - down from their estimated spend of £140 million in 2015/16. In 2014/15, councils spent £126 million,…
Researchers from Ulster University and National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway have been awarded €295,000 to develop a weight management model for young adults with intellectual disabilities. It aims to decrease illness associated with obesity and empower these young adults to take control of their own health and wellbeing. The…
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