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Sugar Tax- how will it work?

A new sugar tax on the soft drinks will be introduced in the UK the chancellor announced yesterday. The move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the fight against child obesity. So how will the sugar tax work? The levy is squarely aimed at high sugar drinks- particularly fizzy drinks, which […]

Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health when making their New Year […]

Nearly half the population takes prescription drugs

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs- according to the Health Survey for England. The report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013 with the annual cost to the NHS was in excess […]

Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

NICE wants to limit TV watching

Adults and children should consider having TV free days or limiting viewing to no more than two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) recommendations also include avoiding drinks with added sugar and limiting takeaways. The draft guidance- the first on the subject since 2006, is […]

Obesity is new smoking says NHS boss

Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS says the head of the NHS. A quarter of adults – up from 15% 20 years ago – and one in five schoolchildren is obese, figures show and the problem is estimated to already cost the NHS […]

Sugar- the new killer substance

A campaign group has been formed to reduce the amount of sugar added to food and soft drinks in an effort to tackle obesity and diabetes in the UK. Action on Sugar has been set up by the team behind Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash), which has pushed for cuts to salt intake […]

Cancers increase by 40% due to bad lifestyles

Cancers caused by smoking, drinking and excessive sunbathing have soared in the past decade- official statistics have revealed.The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal large increases in the incidence of so called “lifestyle” related cancers. The biggest rise has been in the rate of malignant skin cancer, which has increased by […]

Waist to height ratio better than BMI for weight test

Your waist should be no more than half the length of your height- according to experts who claim that having too large a trouser size can dramatically shorten your lifespan.Measuring the ratio of someone’s waist to their height is a better way of predicting their life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), the method widely […]

UK ranks badly in European health league table

The UK is lagging behind progress by similar countries on many indicators for ill health, research suggests.Health data over 20 years was compared with figures from 18 other countries in the research published in the Lancet. Although average life expectancy has risen by four years since 1990, it says the UK needs to increase its […]