Children all over the world have loved McDonald’s Happy Meals for over 30 years. The meals appeal to children, with their combination of a free toy with fast food in a box. However, the fast food giant has been under pressure from health campaigners to encourage healthy eating for kids, and the company has agreed that (more…)
The chairman of the National Obesity Forum, Dr David Haslam believes that the heavy handed tactics used to target the parents of obese or overweight kids is a waste of resources. According to the doctor, the problems lie with getting parents and children motivated to lose the weight, and then avoid putting it all back on again. General Practitioners know instantly when a child is obese and Dr Haslam stated that (more…)
Cory Monteith has revealed that he wants to help teenage kids who are experiencing problems with drink and drugs. The star of Glee spoke to The Sun newspaper revealing that he had experienced problems himself as a result of teenage drinking and drug taking. The 29 year old star first took drugs and started drinking when he was (more…)
The Shadow Minister for Public Health, Hackney MP Diane Abbott has lashed out against plans to build the world’s largest ever McDonalds in the Olympic Park. According to the MP, the presence of the fast food restaurant which will seat 1500, in addition to the high profile of other well known companies that provide fast food will encourage children to eat junk food, rather than choose a healthy diet. Abbott believes that (more…)
A report which has been backed by the United Kingdom Department of Health shows that teenage girls who eat fewer than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables daily, are at risk of serious disease. The report shows that only one girl out of every 13 eats the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables daily. Eating less than three portions of fruit and vegetables daily could (more…)
According to Doctor David Ludwig, an expert in obesity of the Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital in Boston, obese children should be placed in foster care. This extreme reaction was provoked after a three year old girl was brought into his obesity clinic weighing 6st 6lb. Her parents couldn’t control her weight, were a low income family and had physical disabilities. The situation continued until last year when at age 12, the girl weighed 24st 4lb. As a result she was suffering from (more…)
Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States has been criticised by several media publications for her recent indulgence in a burger and fries which was finished off with a milkshake. The First Lady launched the national Let’s Move campaign to encourage (more…)
According to a report published by the British government all children need exercise, even babies. The report recommends that children should have a minimum of three hours daily exercise. This includes babies, and could comprise of swimming lessons for babies, crawling around on ‘baby gym’ mats or walking for 15 minutes. The chief medical officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have compiled the report in an attempt to reduce the growing problem of (more…)
Fast food outlets may be banned from opening in the vicinity of schools, as recommended by a report on the tackling of child obesity in Cumbria. Councils have been advised to turn down planning permission for takeaways and junk food outlets near to schools. This latest recommendation is an attempt to discourage children from eating a diet full of chips, pizzas and burgers.
The report, Tackling Obesity in Cumbria is based on (more…)
A study of family health awareness has revealed that social media and finance are bigger concerns for parents than lifestyle and diet for kids. The survey, which was completed by 1500 parents in the United Kingdom, asked parents to cite the worries they had as their children got older. The Mother and Childcare survey shows that half of all parents were concerned with finances rather than health or diet and exercise.
Social media presented worries for 43 percent of parents, while only 28 percent worried about (more…)