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

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Obese could lose benefits if they refuse treatment

People who do work because they are obese or have alcohol or drug problems could have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment. David Cameron has launched a review of the current benefits system, which he says fails to encourage people with long term, treatable issues to get medical help.

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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

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NHS surgery restriction for smokers and obese

The NHS in Devon is to deny routine surgery to smokers and the morbidly obeseunless they quit smoking or lose weight. Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery. The NHS in

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Heart disease warnings missed by most adults

Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to new research. While a third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, a survey by the British Heart Foundation has found and one in

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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 The draft guidance- the first on

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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

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Obese women restricted in NHS IVF treatments

New NHS IVF treatment rules have been drawn up in Scotland. Couples who need help conceiving will be guaranteed two free infertility treatments from 1 July, however the treatments will only be available to those under 40, and it will not be offered to women who are obese. In addition,

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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

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New food labelling system to start in summer

A new consistent system of front of pack food labelling will be introduced in the summer the UK government has announced.The new food labelling system is a combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and “high, medium or low” wording will be used to show how much fat, salt and

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