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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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