New US estimate links obesity to 18% of deaths.

August 27, 2013

Source: NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines

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Date of publication: 16th August, 2013.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look at the research behind recent headlines which suggested that obesity is killing more people than thought.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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At least 900 Welsh children attend slimming classes.

August 27, 2013

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 20th August, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: BBC News reported that at least 900 children across Wales have attended slimming clubs this year. This has prompted calls throughout the UK for a greater emphasis on teaching children about healthy eating and exercise at a younger age.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.


Is childcare “making kids chubbier”?

December 13, 2012

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: 20th November, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look at the research behind recent headlines which suggested that children who go to nursery are more likely to be overweight than those cared for by their parents.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous Intensity and mortality: a large pooled cohort analysis.

December 13, 2012

Source: PLOS Medicine, 2012, doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001335

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Date of publication: 6th November, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A new study has found that regual physical exercise can help to increase one’s lifespan, even in those who are overweight.

Length of publication: 14 pages.


A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children.

October 8, 2012

Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2012, epub DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1203034

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Date of publication: 21st September, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This randomized trial, conducted over 18 months, saw participants receive either 250ml per day sugar-free, artificially sweetened beverage or a similar sugar-containing beverage. Results showed that masked replacements for sugar-containing beverages with non-calorific beverages reduced weight gain and fat accumulation in the normal weight children participating in this study.

Length of publication: 10 pages.

 


Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome and Functional and Structural Brain Impairments in Adolescence

September 7, 2012

Source: Pediatrics, 2012, doi: 10.1542 (early view)

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Date of publication: 3rd September, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examines the documented rise in metabolic syndrome in adolescents and its association with obesity. The study found that obese teens who have this syndrome may demonstrate poorer cognitive function, which may be linked to poorer academic performance. The authors suggest that brain function tests should be one of the parameters evaluated when considering treatment of the obese adolescent.

Length of publication: 9 pages


Escalating Coverage of Obesity in UK Newspapers: The Evolution and Framing of the “Obesity Epidemic” From 1996 to 2010.

July 30, 2012

Source: Obesity, 2012, 20 (8), p.1688-1695.

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Date of publication: August, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study offers a large-scale examination of the evolution and framing of the obesity epidemic in UK newspapers, identifying shifts in news coverage about causes of and potential solutions to the obesity epidemic over a 15 year period. The authors found an increase in media reporting on obesity, with a particular increase in reporting on childhood obesity, and a shift towards reporting on societal solutions such as regulatory change.

Length of publication: 8 pages.