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British are most likely to consider themselves overweight

ObesityAccording to a new worldwide survey, people from the UK and Ireland are more likely to consider themselves overweight than those from anywhere else in Europe, but fewer are taking steps to lose weight.

Some 60% of Britons and 62% of Irish people consider themselves at least ‘a little overweight’, according to the Global Health and Wellness Survey from information and insights company Nielsen.

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Parents told to give children less sugar

sugarParents are being encouraged to cut back on the amount of sugar they feed their children in a new health campaign launched by Public Health England’s Change4Life initiative.

The campaign encourages parents to provide healthy alternatives to sugar packed foods and has put together a pack containing a free Sugar Swaps Guide to eating less sugar, shopping pad, swap cards and stickers, money off vouchers to make buying Sugar Swaps cheaper and handy weekly emails and texts containing tips, advice and fun ideas to help children swap.

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Slowing the ageing process

mediterranean-diet-680x280Adopting a Mediterranean diet could slow down the ageing process according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Researchers have found that the Mediterranean diet is associated with longer telomere length, which is considered to be a marker of slower ageing.

Telomeres are DNA sequences situated at the end of chromosomes that help to protect the physical integrity of the chromosome.

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Squeezing the truth out of hidden sugars in children’s juices

Fruit JuiceFruit juice should be banned from the list of healthy things to eat as part of the recommended ‘five a day’, because it is confusing for parents, say campaigners.

Health experts from Action on Sugar warn that a quarter of fruit juices, drinks and smoothies aimed at children contain as much sugar as Coca-Cola, and some considerably more.

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Combination training best for weight loss in teenagers

Overweight exerciserAccording to a new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, combining aerobic exercise with resistance training appears be the most effective solution to reducing obesity in teenagers.

To explore the most effective form of exercise for weight loss, a study group of 304 teenagers aged between 14 and 18 were divided into four groups.

One group was asked to adhere to an aerobic only plan, one a resistance-only regime, another with both elements combined, with the final group taking no exercise but simply adhering to the dieting advice provided in a four-week counselling scheme.

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