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December 16, 2008
Unite says weighing schoolchildren is a "waste of public money" and claims government's "laissez faire" attitude contributes to health problems

The largest union in the country has called for the immediate employment of 2,000 more qualified school nurses in England to monitor and give advice on the overall health of children on issues such as teenage pregnancy, and alcohol and drug misuse.

Unite says that weighing and measuring children when they enter and leave primary school is a waste of public money, as it is not tackling the obesity epidemic in England.

December 12, 2008
Data from the NHS Information Centre shows almost a quarter of four to five-year-olds in the country's primary schools are overweight or obese

Statistics showing levels of obesity among children in England are the same as last year have led to calls for radical measures to tackle the problem.

Data from the NHS Information Centre shows almost a quarter of four to five-year-olds in the country's primary schools are overweight or obese. And almost one in three children aged 10 to 11 are also overweight or obese, the figures showed.

The data, drawn from the National Child Measurement Programme, found that little had changed in respect to the proportion who were overweight or obese 12 months ago.

August 28, 2008
High levels of obesity in areas of the UK previously thought not to contain them, according to a new "fat map" of the country

There are high levels of obesity in areas of the UK previously thought not to contain them, according to a new "fat map" of the country.

The map, created by Dr Foster Research, suggests the problem may be getting worse when compared with a similar map published two years ago.

Researchers said the 2008 map has revealed high levels of obesity in the Midlands, Wales, North East and parts of the South East.

The data, from GP practices across the UK, shows that more than one in 10 patients registered with GPs in some parts of the country are obese.

August 13, 2008
Poor physical control and coordination in childhood are linked to an increased risk of obesity in later life, a BMJ study suggests

Poor physical control and coordination in childhood are linked to an increased risk of obesity in later life, suggests a study published today (13 August 2008).

The research contributes to a growing body of evidence on the link between poorer cognitive function in childhood and obesity and type 2 diabetes in adults.

The findings are based on 11,042 individuals, who are part of the ongoing National Child Development Study in Great Britain, which began in 1958.

July 23, 2008
In a major speech on the obesity epidemic, Alan Johnson will say society has a "moral duty" to tackle the growing health problem

Alan Johnson will speak tonight of the "moral duty" to tackle obesity in a major talk on the growing epidemic.

The health secretary will tonight (23 July 2008) call for a national movement to tackle the growing problem of obesity by encouraging citizens to live healthy lives.

In a major speech on the obesity epidemic, Alan Johnson will outline the public health implications and argue that our strategy to combat obesity will only succeed if every part of society joins together to address it.

June 10, 2008
Every town in England has the opportunity to bid for up to £5m to make their inhabitants more healthy and active

Every town in England has the opportunity to bid for up to £5m to make their inhabitants more healthy and active, health minister Dawn Primarolo has announced.

As part of a £30m Healthy Communities Challenge Fund, towns will be invited to come up with innovative new ways to improve the health of their inhabitants.

Ideas could include:

    * Increasing the number of cycle lanes.
    * Walking promotion schemes.
    * Providing local healthy food initiatives.

October 2, 2007
Only a quarter of GPs are routinely measuring abdominal obesity in patients

Only a quarter of GPs are routinely measuring abdominal obesity in patients, a new study by the charity Diabetes UK shows.

Fewer than one in four overweight and obese patients have had their waistlines measured by a family doctor, it found.

Research has shown that abdominal obesity can be a key indicator of future heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Studies suggest that a waist circumference of more than 35in in women and 40in in men indicates a high risk of developing heart problems and diabetes.

September 26, 2007
Dr Rosemary Leonard calls for specialist clinics to tackle rising obesity in the UK

The NHS has a chronic lack of specialist clinics to deal with Britain's rising obesity problem, a leading GP has warned.

Dr Rosemary Leonard said GPs are "crying out" for clinics that specifically deal with obesity, which affects one in four adults.

At a Labour Party conference fringe meeting in Bournemouth, health minister Dawn Primarolo also conceded the problem requires urgent action.