Body mass index “may not reflect child obesity”.

July 3, 2012

 Source: NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: 15th June, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look behind recent headlines which suggested that assessing children’s weight using BMI measurements may not reflect true rates of obesity.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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UK women are ‘fattest in Europe’.

December 1, 2011

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 26th November, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A news report outlining the findings of a recent report which states that the UK has more obese women than any other country in the European Union.   Figures released by the European Commission showed that nearly a quarter (23.9 per cent) of women in theUK were obese in 2008/09, when the data was recorded.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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“Tidal wave” of sleep disorders.

October 26, 2011

Title: “Tidal wave” of sleep disorders.

Source: BBC News.

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Date of publication: 6th October, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This news item highlights the increasing problem of sleep disorders in obese and overweight people and looks at the personal experiences of patients at sleep clinics in Scotland.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


 


Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK.

September 9, 2011

Title: Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK.

Source: The Lancet,  2011, 378 (9793), p. 815-825.

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Date of publication: August, 2011.

Publication type: Statistics.

In a nutshell: Using a simulation model, the authors have calculated the projected probable health and economic consequences of a continued rise in obesity over the next two decades amongst the populations of the USA and the UK.   They conclude that the costs associated with the treatment of preventable obesity-related diseases are such that effective policies to promote healthier weight will have noted economic benefits.

Length of publication: 11 pages.

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Can your pregnancy diet ‘make your child fat’?

April 26, 2011

Source: NursingTimes.net

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Date of publication: 25 April, 2011.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: This article looks behind the headlines related to a  recent study on maternal diet and its influence upon the offspring, examining the original research and its findings.

Length of publication: 1 page.

Acknowledgement: Follow this link to read the BBC News item in full.  Follow this link to read the abstract of the original research paper.  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Too many men “unconcerned” about weight loss.

April 26, 2011

Source: BBC News Health.

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Date of publication: 8th April, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: Peter Baker from the Men’s Health Forum suggests that too many men are failing to see the health risks associated with obesity.  He goes on to argue that health care providers need to address this issue and find more male-friendly ways to engage men in weight management interventions.

Length of publication: 1 page news item.




Child body mass index, obesity and proximity to fast food restaurants.

February 18, 2011

Source: International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 2011, 6 (1) p.60-68.

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Date of publication: February 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study used a sample group made up of elementary and middle school students to examine the association between BMI, obesity and proximity of fast food outlets and restaurants to students’ residences.  It found that students who lived within one tenth to one quarter mile from  a fast food restaurant had significantly higher BMI values.  The study concluded that public health efforts to limit access to fast food amongst nearby residents could have a beneficial effect on child obesity.

Length of publication: 9 pages.

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