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Around 1.5 million people have stumbled upon child pornography while using the internet, a survey has found. But the study suggested that 40 per cent would not know how to go about reporting it, if they did see it online.

Deep brain stimulation has been used successfully for 25 years to treat a number of conditions

'Brain pacemaker' offers hope for anorexics

Study finds stimulation treatment improves mood and weight gain and in severely affected patients

Overeating and obesity to blame for medical disorders, NOT plastics chemical found in body

Modern Western diet could be factor in health problems associated with an increase in exposure to bisphenol A

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Last night's viewing - My Mad Fat Diary, E4; Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here, BBC2

Obesity is the zeitgeist on TV these days, it seems, with stories of embarrassing bodies becoming ever more telegenic. Teenage obesity was a variation on the theme that fuelled My Mad Fat Diary, a new sixth-form drama of dysfunctionality. "Dear diary," announced the anti-heroine, Rae. "I'm 16, I weigh 16 stones and I live in Lincolnshire. My interests include music, vegging out and finding a fit boy – scratch that – any boy, to quench my ever-growing horn."

Anorexia usually begins in adolescence, affecting 1 to 2 per cent of teenagers and university students

Hundreds of websites urging girls to 'starve for perfection'

Study reveals alarming rise in promotion of anorexia and competitive dieting

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Junk food sits on a table as British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver announces a partnership to attack state-wide obesity on March 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The Victorian Government and the Good Foundation will pledge together over AUD5 million to bring Oliver's 'Ministry of Food' to the state to help teach cooking techniques and nutrition to participants and help combat obesity as part of the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Anorexia is not "a statement"

Lucy Britton has reacted angrily to 'The Anorexic Statement', Rachel Cusk's article on anorexia in the New Statesman, in which she suggests that anorexia is motivated by attention-seeking and described anorexics as "68lb tyrants".

Obesity operations should not be a 'quick fix' - we're failing to tackle the real problem

Research has shown that obesity surgery patients don't receive the appropriate care to ensure lifestyle changes pre and post-operation.

The News Matrix: Friday 12 October 2012

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Hospital admissions for eating disorders jump 16 per cent

Hospital admissions for eating disorders,  which carry the highest death rate of any psychiatric condition, have leapt 16 per cent in the last year and are up by almost 50 per cent in a decade.

As eating disorders are on the rise, it's important to remember that there's more to it than anorexia

The rate of hospital admissions for the treatment of eating disorders has increased by 16% over the last year.

Force-feeding 'not in best interests' for 3 stone anorexic woman

A High Court judge was asked to rule today that force-feeding would not be in the “best interests” of an anorexic woman whose weight is just over three stone.

Last night's viewing - Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer, BBC2; Jimmy's Forest, More4

Michael Mosley has been making quite a nice living out of trying to live longer just recently. Not very long ago, he did a Horizon on exercise, exploring recent research that suggested that you could reduce the amount of exercise you need to do to stay fit and healthy to just three minutes of flat-out effort a week. He rather hinted that he would be taking up this new regime, but here he was in Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer presenting himself as a man still in need of some kind of lifestyle miracle.

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