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`Early warning' test devised for eating disorders

DOCTORS HAVE devised a simple, five-question test designed to detect people with eating disorders, which they believe could save lives by helping sufferers get treatment earlier.

Hormones help girl weighing 15 stone

A GIRL aged nine whose weight ballooned to almost 15 stone has had her expanding girth curbed by injections of a hormone.

My encounter with the pool fools

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Too fat, too thin and too anxious

Two friends of mine have recently become concerned about their daughters' weight. There is no doubt that the girls are plump, alarming parents who are well aware of the prevalence of over-eating in the female population of this country. Government statistics published in the early 1990s concluded that nearly half the women in England were clinically overweight or obese, making them prone to premature death from cardio- vascular disease.

This Student Life: The house is haunted but we're not scared - honest

Spring Term, Week 3 at the Manchester Student House: There's a horrible stain on the floor - and it's spreading. But scarier still: who wrote `kill' on the cellar wall? By Cayte Williams

Health: Fat is an infantile issue

Parents worried about their children's eating habits could now be reassured.

Fury at boss's attack on fat employees

STAFF AT Granada were baffled yesterday after a declaration by a senior executive that the group does not employ fat people because they are "slovenly and slothful".

`Being overweight is just like any other illness'

COLIN CHRISTIE weighed 271/2 stone when Dr Iain Broom asked him if he wanted to join the Xenical research programme in Aberdeen. Within a year, he had lost five stone and is now hoping that a second course of the drug might cut another three or four. "Like everybody else who is overweight, I had made various efforts," he said. "None of them ever lasted beyond the end of the time when you finish starving yourself to death.

Scientists unlock the secrets of women's sexual attractiveness

FOR WOMEN, it may come as a surprise. The men who stare at them across crowded rooms are not, after all, mentally undressing them. They are more likely to be weighing them up.

America wakes up to obesity

UP TO 29 million Americans awoke yesterday to a rude surprise. Having thought of themselves as comfortably average in size and weight, they suddenly found they were about to be re-designated as "obese". This startling turn in their fortunes resulted from a government proposal to define obesity downwards, writes Mary Dejevsky in Washington.
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