Poverty in the UK damaging children’s health

‘Stark inequalities’ and high rates of child death, obesity and ill-health were all highlighted in a report on child health in the UK. Children living in the most deprived areas are much more likely to be in poor health, be overweight or obese, suffer from asthma, have poorly managed diabetes, experience mental health problems and die early. Children in the UK have higher death rates, obesity and ill-health than in much of Europe. The UK could do far more to improve ...

Obesity

Up to 1 billion of the world’s adults are projected to be obese by 2025. This is largely due to the spread of westernised diet due to intense marketing by the food industry. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set a goal for 2025 of no increase in obesity or diabetes beyond the levels of 2010. Nevertheless, there is likely to be a rise in diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other conditions fuelled by obesity. However, the World Obesity Federation (WOF) claims ...