Palace of Westminster reopens after fire alert

Parts of the Palace of Westminster were closed off this morning after smoke detectors in the basement of the historic building were activated.

Leading article: Of fat – and ministerial feebleness

The London Olympics have shown human beings at the peak of their fitness and capabilities, and now the Paralympics are about to do the same.

Breastfeeding 'cuts obesity risk'

Mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk of obesity decades later, research has shown.

Report claims Japan nuclear disaster was 'man-made'

Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix for the first time in two months today, hours before a parliamentary investigative commission blamed the government's cosy relations with the industry for the meltdowns that prompted the mass shutdown of the nation's reactors.

Warning over child obesity extent

The number of children suffering from obesity could be greater than official figures show, research has revealed.

Children should be taught how to grow and cook their own food at school as part of the national curriculum, MPs will say today

Teach children to grow food and cook it, MPs urge

Children should be taught how to grow and cook their own food at school as part of the national curriculum, to encourage them to eat more healthily as adults, MPs will say today.

'Sleep diet' may be the best way to slim says research

A “sleep diet” may be the best way to slim for someone with an inherited tendency to put on weight, research suggests.

Campaign launched to combat rising levels of obesity

Surgeons, psychiatrists, paediatricians and GPs launched a campaign today to battle rising levels of obesity, saying current strategies are not working.

Letters: School meals

We must nourish poorer children

More than half the ground beef sold in America contains 'pink slime'

Nutrition: America awakens to the sour taste of 'pink slime'

The meat product that's in all kinds of US food is causing a very unsavoury row

Freezing good for embryos

Babies resulting from frozen IVF embryos are bigger at birth than IVF babies created from "fresh" embryos that are transferred to the womb within days of conception, a study has found.

More girls having under-age sex

More than one in four young women first have sex below the age of 16 - a greater proportion than previous generations, figures suggest.

Two quizzed over poison gas deaths

Two men have been arrested in Northern Ireland by police investigating the poisonous gas deaths of two teenagers.

The Cost of Obesity

£4.2 billion is spent on obesity every year by the NHS.
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