OBESITY HORIZON SCANNING VOLUME 2 ISSUE 3

March 30, 2010
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Pre-school Nutrition Project in Knowsley Hold Community College Presentation Evening

March 25, 2010

Source: Target Wellbeing.org, 2010

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Date of publication: 2010

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: The Pre-school Nutrition project in Knowsley aims to develop, pilot and evaluate a nutrition training course for early years caterers and staff.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Fruit and veg – coming to a store near you

March 25, 2010

Source: News Distribution Service, 2010

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Date of publication: March, 2010

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In a nutshell: Fresh fruit and veg will be more widely available in low income areas of the South West, East Midlands and West Midlands with help from Change4Life so more people can get their 5 A Day, Public Health Minister Gillian Merron announced today.

Length of publication: 1 web page


Deal between Weight Watchers and McDonald’s in New Zealand provokes anger

March 25, 2010

Source: British Medical Journal, 2010;340:c1495

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Date of publication: March, 2010

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: In the world’s first such deal McDonald’s New Zealand has begun serving meals that are approved by Weight Watchers. Both companies say that their new partnership aims to promote healthier eating, but public health experts warn that it may have the opposite effect.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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Effect of school based physical activity programme (KISS) on fitness and adiposity in primary schoolchildren: cluster randomised controlled trial.

March 25, 2010

Source: British Medical Journal, 2010, 23;34, p. 1-8

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Date of publication: February, 2010

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: One in three to five children in the Western world is overweight or obese. This epidemic is rapidly and constantly growing and affects all socioeconomic levels and ethnicities. Excessive weight is associated with increased cardiovascular risk, orthopaedic problems, and psychosocial constraints even before adulthood is reached. Life expectancy may be reduced by several years, as is work productivity, while costs are increasing enormously. A focus on early prevention is thus urgently needed.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Parental influence on children’s early eating and obesity risk

March 24, 2010

Source: International journal of obesity, epub March 2010

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors argue that rather than beginning obesity prevention strategies when children are school aged or adolescent, they should be introduced in the first years of life when parents have the most influence over the child’s experiences and environment. The paper also reviews the extent to which environmental factors influence future obesity risk.

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Childhood BMI in a community context

March 24, 2010

Source: Health and Social Work, 2009 34 (3)  p 169-177

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This research studied the association between childen’s BMI and parents’ perceptions of the safety of their neighbourhood. The research found that when parents perceived an area to be unsafe, parents kept their children indoors, and there was often an increase of sedentry activity such as television watching, resulting in increased BMIs. The authors conclude that policies aimed at reducing obesity in children should take into account the neighbourhood in which they live.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: Social Care Online