The Astonishing Amount of Junk Food One Child Eats Per Year in the UK

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One year’s worth of junk food consumed by children in the UK.

This shocking picture, with its piles of oven chips, mini rolls and tubs of ice cream, represents just how much junk food one child in the UK consumes in a year.  It is perhaps unsurprising then that today’s children have been labeled the ‘junk food generation’, with a third of youngsters aged five to 13 already considered obese.

 

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Why Pregnant Women Can’t Get a Seat on the Bus

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The majority of expectant mothers cannot find a seat on buses and trains because their fellow passengers cannot distinguish between a pregnant woman’s bump and the figure of an obese woman, it was claimed.
According to two surveys, many commuters are choosing not to relinquish their seats because they are uncertain if women are really pregnant or not, while in other cases selfishness was thought to be a factor.
More than four in five pregnant women questioned by parenting website gurgle.com said they had been made to remain standing on public transport.
The 1,000 women questioned were in their third trimester, at 29-40 weeks, meaning almost half may have been suffering from swollen feet, severe nausea and dizziness.
In a separate poll, more than half of women surveyed by Tommy’s, the baby charity, said it was unusual for someone to give up their seat to them.
Nifa McLaughlin, editor of gurgle.com, told the Daily Mail: “It is ridiculous that the health of young mums is being put at risk because of embarrassment.
“It is worth risking a red face if it ensures that a pregnant woman is able to complete a crowded rush-hour journey safely.”
In an effort to eliminate any doubts for commuters, Mothercare has issued a “Baby on Board” badge for pregnant mothers in the hope they will be offered seats more readily.
Via The Telegraph

The majority of expectant mothers cannot find a seat on buses and trains because their fellow passengers cannot distinguish between a pregnant woman’s bump and the figure of an obese woman, it was claimed.

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‘Happy Meals’ with Toys Banned to Fight Childhood Obesity

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The toys are said to be luring children to high calorie foods.

McDonald’s “Happy Meals” and other fast food snacks that come with toys are to be banned in part of California in an attempt to wean children off unhealthy, high-calorie diets.  The measure, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, is being introduced in Santa Clara County, an area of 1.7 million people that includes Silicon Valley.

 

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Extraordinary Scans Reveal What Being Fat Does to Your Body

 

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The obese woman on the left has fat around her organs (shown by the yellow areas) and an enlarged heart which can have dire consequences on her health

Carrying extra pounds may not look attractive from the outside, but it’s been difficult to understand precisely the havoc it wreaks on your insides – until now.  Here, in a pair of astonishing pictures, we can see exactly what being overweight does to the organs, bones and muscles. These images of two women were taken by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRIRI) scanner and reveal in horrifying detail the obesity effect.

 

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Does Obesity Provide Cushioning During a Car Crash?

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Does extra padding help protect against severe trauma in a crash?

Some people believe obesity provides a cushioning effect in car crashes, with the extra padding helping to protect people against severe trauma. A few researchers set out to see if that’s true, using crash test dummies in simulated frontal crashes.

 

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Study: Married Couples Twice as Likely to Become Fat

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The study found that married people ‘let themselves go’.

Greek researchers found that married couples were more likely to become fat due to their significantly changed lifestyle as they “let themselves go”.  The research, based on the study of more than 17,000 couples aged between 20 and 70, found that married couples exercised less frequently, had less sex, had poor nutrition and were “comfortable” in their lives.

 

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Sleep Yourself Skinny – Too Little Sleep Is Making Us Fat

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Chronic tiredness affects ability to function well

For women, lack of sleep is so common that the standard reply to ‘How are you?’ is: ‘Shattered!’ But a growing body of evidence indicates that chronic tiredness isn’t just affecting our ability to function well – it’s also making us fat.

 

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Want To Lose Weight? Try Living In The Mountains To Slim Down

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Try living in the mountains to lose weight

Obese people should try living in the mountains if they want to lose weight, according to scientists.  Fat is much easier to burn off where the air is thin, researchers said, a phenomenon that could lead to tents that mimic the atmosphere of countries like Tibet and Argentina.

 

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Photo Of Airline Passenger Reopens Debate About Oversized Passengers

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The image, posted on Flightglobal, is thought to be genuine

An image of an obese passenger squeezed into an economy airline seat has reopened a debate about how airlines deal with growing numbers of oversized passengers. The picture, posted on an aviation blog, was reportedly taken by a flight attendant to illustrate to airline managers the difficulty of dealing with passengers who cannot fit into seats.

 

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Smartphones To Text Obese Kids Thin

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Doctors are using mobile technology to detect lethargy in overweight teenagers, and prompt them to exercise

Technology gets the blame for a lot of health problems: cars make you lazy, video games make you violent and MP3 players make you deaf. Now researchers at the University of Southern California are hoping to prove that mobile phones, at least, can have a positive effect. They plan to connect 50 obese teenagers to a battery of sensors and use mobiles to text the kids thin.

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