Childhood obesity rates are rising fast

10-year-old girl weighs 22 stone as Birmingham faces obesity epidemic

A 10-year-old Birmingham schoolgirl has highlighted the obesity epidemic facing the city - weighing in at 22 stone 11 lbs.

Brittany Murphy's father is pushing for the inquiry into her death to be re-opened after heavy metals were found in her tissue samples

Brittany Murphy cause of death: Toxicology tests suggest star may have been poisoned 'with criminal intent'

High levels of ten heavy metals were detected in the actress' tissue samples

Morbidly obese two-year-old from Saudi Arabia youngest person to have gastric bypass surgery

The child had a Body Mass Index of 41 had continued to gain weight despite efforts to control his diet

Raising an obese child isn't child abuse - and blaming the parents won't solve the problem

Are we genuinely interested in tackling the complicated issue of increasing obesity in our young people, or do we just want to have someone to blame?

Obesity a growing problem as figures show 10-year-olds weighing over 20 stones

Figures revealing children with levels of body fat far above what is considered a healthy range have outlined the scale of England's childhood obesity problem.

Police rule out foul play over Russian supergrass found dying outside his Surrey mansion

But cause of death not pinpointed despite two post mortem examinations

Indian homeless eat food at a feeding programme for the poor in Hyderabad

Malnutrition costing the world trillions a year, says UN report

Malnutrition now costs the world $3.5 trillion (£2.3 trn) – or $500 for every person– in healthcare and lost productivity, the United Nations has warned.

Underweight children face health problems too, warn experts

There may be far more underweight children in Britain than thought, researchers say today, warning that those who are too thin may face a greater threat to their health than those who are too fat.

The rise in the number of overweight children in Britain may be as much to do with their genes as their diet and exercise levels

Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity

Scientists identify four DNA variations which may explain why some children become obese

Legal age to buy crackers cut as part of 'pointless' red tape rules to be scrapped from tomorrow

Dozens of cuts to red tape will come into force tomorrow, including reducing the age for buying Christmas crackers, saving businesses millions of pounds, the Government has announced.

Elderly couple and daughter killed in caravan park tragedy

An elderly couple and their daughter have died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a caravan park.

We used to describe poor children as 'skinny runts' - now it's the opposite: Minister says deprived families are more likely to be obese

Public health minister Anna Soubry claims it is easy to identify the poorest people in society by their weight

Big Ray, By Michael Kimball

This elliptical novel deftly tackles the modern malaise of obesity and problematic fathers

Anything to declare? Just knives, a hatchet, body bags, a grenade...

Investigation launched after passenger passes airport security despite weapons cache

Chinese expert casts doubt on Neil Heywood death verdict

A prominent Chinese government forensic scientist has questioned the cause of death of a murdered British businessman, casting doubt on the official version of a scandal that reached into the upper levels of the Communist Party.

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