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Lidl to remove cartoon characters from packaging: is it enough?

Lidl has announced plans to remove cartoon characters from the packaging of eight own-brand cereals in a bid to encourage healthier breakfasts. The change comes almost two years after the Health Select Committee recommended that all cartoon characters be removed from sugary foods. With researchers estimating that more than 100,000 young Scots are now classed as […]

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Are calorie-conscious candy companies too good to be true?

The increasing focus on healthy eating across the world is hard to ignore. In the US, the prevalence of obesity is increasing every year. As a result, for the past couple of years there has been a major drive to reduce sugar consumption and bring awareness to the health benefits from cutting back. Candy companies […]

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Jamie Oliver is right to liken childhood obesity to a war

Taken out of context, this assertion made by Jamie Oliver is at first bewildering, and then slightly ridiculous. ‘Child Obesity’ and ‘Islamic State’ (Isis) are not terms that regularly appear together in the same sentence, and for good reason – though they are both entirely valid issues, they belong in different worlds. The comment was […]

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Taking steps towards responsibility in the Health Service

A study from Edinburgh Napier University has found that 70 per cent of nurses in Scotland are overweight. Edinburgh Napier’s School of Health & Social Care has ‘prescribed’ pedometers to its students, in the hope of preventing them from joining the overweight contingent. It is one of the largest institutions providing nursing and midwifery education in Scotland. At the forefront of […]