Obesity hospital admissions up 30%

The number of hospital admissions for obesity has risen more than 30% while the number of gastric band procedures has soared by 70%, figures have shown.

'Humiliation' of being overweight

The archetypal overweight woman is between 45 and 54, has been married for 20 years, weighs 13st 3lbs, wears size 18, and experiences humiliation every day.

Paul Whaley: Chemical reaction is long overdue

Whether or not they say it's down to consumer concerns, companies are beginning to phase out a chemical for which there is substantial evidence of a hazard to human health, particularly for the infant and foetus. At least people will soon have a choice about whether or not they buy BPA-free food and, if they judge themselves to be at risk, take steps to reduce their exposure to BPA. However, not all companies are hurrying to eliminate BPA. Natural phase-out of BPA is unlikely to be complete, will not fully protect the public from BPA soon enough, and lower socioeconomic groups are likely to be the most exposed while this process takes place.

Leading article: Blow out

The South African World Cup is over, but the great debate of the tournament drones on. Vuvuzelas: an atmosphere enhancer and wonderful new way for fans to project their support for their team? Or a diabolical, ear-splitting, enjoyment-shattering health hazard? It is safe to say that Uefa has taken up its place in the anti-vuvuzela camp with its decision yesterday to ban the plastic horns from Euro 2012 qualification and Champions League games.

Moscow deaths soar amid wildfires smog

The number of deaths in Moscow is twice as high as usual because of smog suffocating the city from ongoing wildfires nearby, the Russian capital's chief health official said today.

The final hit? Anorexia and addiction

Getting clean is much easier said than done. The term, usually used with reference to coming off drugs or alcohol, could also be used to describe recovery from an Eating Disorder

Obesity 'can be neglect'

Parents who refuse to help their obese children lose weight are neglectful, researchers said today. While obesity alone is not a child protection issue, a "consistent failure to change lifestyle and engage with outside support indicates neglect", said the team, which included Russell Viner of the Institute of Child Health in London.

Half of women 'risking miscarriage' due to weight

Half the women of reproductive age in the UK are damaging their chances of having a baby by allowing themselves to get too fat, it was claimed today.

Childhood obesity 'still rising in poorer families'

The childhood obesity epidemic could be levelling off in affluent homes but rising among those from disadvantaged backgrounds, research suggests.

Child obesity 'has peaked'

The 30-year rise in child obesity may have peaked, researchers report. The increase in overweight and obesity among children which has continued without pause since the mid-1970s is now on a downward trajectory, according to latest figures.

Britons in denial over weight problems

Three quarters of obese people were in denial over their weight problem and most thought their diet was healthy, researchers found.

Lloyd’s Names rest easy after court ends threat of personal liability

Thousands of Lloyd’s of London “Names” will sleep easier following a ruling in the High Court that ends the threat of billions of pounds worth of personal liabilities; 34,000 Names faced having to pay billions of pounds to settle asbestos, pollution and health hazard claims from the early 1980s.

'Catherine': It doesn't help to sensationalise eating disorders – I should know

At the age of seven, I'm told, I decided that my New Year's resolution would be to lose weight. I have no recollection of this, nor do I remember ever thinking that I was fat. I wasn't bullied or picked on, my home wasn't broken, and I was a happy and healthy.

Obese teenagers carry same risk as smoking 10 cigarettes a day

Chance of early death from preventable diseases high for overweight adolescents
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The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...