A recent analysis conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has found that logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body image concerns.
It’s long been thought that exposure to fashion magazines and television, is associated with the development of eating disorders and body image concerns. According to the assistant director at the university’s research centre this likely due to the positive portrayal of ‘thin’ models and celebrities. Continue reading
According to research, almost a quarter of British children under the age of five are overweight or obese.
The study found that the UK has the second-highest proportion of overweight children out of the 28 countries that were able to provide data.
With 23.1% of youngsters in the under-five age group classed as overweight or obese, the UK was second only to Ireland, which registered 27.5%.
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According 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.
Parents 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.
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.
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.