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Children undergoing radical surgery for weight problems

A new documentary series for Channel 4 has revealed a few of the cases that doctors have to cope with at a specialist NHS clinic that offers gastric bypass operations.

Among those featured was a 12-year-old boy, believed to be the (more…)

Child obesity increases risk of adulthood cancer

Danish research has revealed that children who are obese or overweight may develop a higher risk of oesophageal cancer as they grow up.

The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Cancer, looked at the health records of (more…)

Child obesity influenced by parents’ lifestyle

According to a recent study, the likelihood of a child becoming overweight or obese is influenced by the lifestyle of parents, rather than being genetic.

The research, which was conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE’s) Centre for Economic Performance, looked at (more…)

Expert calls for focus on child fitness

A leading kid’s fitness expert at the University of Essex has called for a greater focus on inactivity among children.

This is rather than concentrating on (more…)

Link between child obesity and ‘advergames’ studied

A study of how food and drink is marketed to children online has recently been released, looking at a possible link between digital advertising and child weight issues.

The Community of Advertising Practice within the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) commissioned (more…)

Maternal health could affect child obesity

A recent study has revealed that the health of a pregnant woman could affect her unborn child, dictating whether it will become overweight or obese later on in life.

The research, which was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was conducted by (more…)

Obesity rates stabilise for under-10s

Recent studies indicate that the rates of obesity for children below ten years of age may be starting to level off.

Although the number of children who are obese or overweight grew from (more…)

Tighter regulations argued for junk food ads

Health campaigners are renewing their calls for stricter rules regarding the advertising of junk food on TV and online.

A survey of 2,188 parents conducted by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has found (more…)

Pizza blamed for childhood obesity in America

According to recent research conducted at the University of Illinois, pizza could be the main cause of obesity in US children.

The study revealed that on the days when children ate pizza, the total amount (more…)