NHS Health Scotland officials have issued guidance to medical staff which tells them not to use the word ‘obese’ when referring to children. Even using the word ‘overweight’ should be done with caution. The guidance suggests using the term “unhealthy weight” when dealing with cases of childhood obesity or children who are overweight. However, a number of experts believe that being cautious when speaking to parents about their child’s weight is avoiding the issue.
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A new report released by the British Heart Foundation has revealed that UK kids are eating their five-a-day. However, the five items of food eaten each day don’t include fruit and vegetables, but more alarmingly, crisps, fizzy drinks, chocolate, sweets and pastries-before school starts!
The survey questioned 2000 children aged between 11 and 16 years old, about their eating habits. Shockingly, (more…)
A new talking plate is the latest tool to be used by the National Health Service in a bid reduce alarming obesity levels, including child obesity. The Mandometer, costing £1500 talks to the user, telling them to slow down if they are eating too quickly. The NHS are trialling the talking plate in a new study to discover whether changing the eating patterns of families who are overweight will help them shed the pounds.
Rather than dieting, experts believe that slower consumption of food will lead to (more…)
David Beckham has become the new face to represent Sainsbury’s Active Kids campaign and the Paralympics. Sainsbury’s was the first sole sponsor for the London 2012 Paralympics, and has signed up Beckham to encourage a million kids in the UK to try out a Paralympic sport. As the levels of childhood obesity continue to be a concern, (more…)
A new pizza available at Iceland frozen foods store contains almost a full day’s calorie allowance for a woman, along with 80 percent of the total daily fat allowance, and 9.6g of salt, which is one and a half times the recommended daily amount for men and women. As obesity levels soar, including childhood obesity, experts are concerned that (more…)
Research carried out by the Schools Health Education Unit revealed that a large number of girls skip meals in a bid to lose weight. According to the study of 83,000 school children, many of the children place a high value on being attractive and are influenced by their favourite celebrities.
When questioned, a third of girls in Year 10 said that they had missed breakfast, while a quarter of those girls had also (more…)