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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

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

Lucozade and Ribena to cut sugar content in products in drive to cut obesity

Soft drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena have pledged to reduce the sugar in some products as part of the Government's efforts to cut obesity rates.

More fat drivers die in car crashes

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Danny Rogers on PR: Coke weighs in on the US obesity drive

Coca-Cola is trying to stop Americans getting fat. Spot the irony in that sentence. But some truth lies therein. Last week Coke launched its first “anti-obesity” advertising campaign, with a two-minute TV commercial on mainstream news channels, followed by another ad during American Idol.

Joan Smith: Supermarkets' cosmetically perfect vegetables impoverish us all

Every Sunday morning, in a working-class suburb of Granada, there is a crowded, sprawling market. Unlike the city centre, which is decidedly posh, it bustles with immigrants from North Africa and local farmers with strong Andalucian accents. They sell misshapen vegetables, twisted red and green peppers which taste wonderful roasted with olive oil and garlic, and tomatoes so juicy they're almost splitting open.

Why does Beyoncé advertise Pepsi?

Beyoncé is, quite literally, the face of Pepsi. Last month she had the logo of the drinks giant printed across her lips, and on February 3rd, at the Super Bowl halftime show, she'll rock a stadium to promote Coca-Cola's longtime rival. For this and other efforts, the singer is being paid the handsome fee of $50 million: but even such vast quantities of cash shouldn't convince stars to sell soda, argues Mark Bittman in the New York Times.

Overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse to exercise

Overweight benefit claimants could have their money docked if they refuse exercise regimes prescribed by doctors under pioneering council plans.

Experts reject claims that extra weight is healthy

It was, given its timing, unexpectedly good news: as thousands were poised to begin New Year diets, US researchers reported on 1 January that being overweight could extend your life.

Revealed: fructose 'may spur overeating'

Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

Big Ray, By Michael Kimball

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

Cigarette companies ordered to apologise, but is junk food the new tobacco?

Pointing the finger of blame at others for our poor health and obesity isn't acceptable.

Britain is the fattest nation in Europe

Britain is the fattest nation in Western Europe, with more than a quarter of the population ranked as obese.

A diabetes test: Diabetes rates are soaring in the United States

Diabetes rates soar as 18 States see diagnosed cases double

The number of people living with diabetes is soaring in the United States, as 18 states had at least a doubling in those with the illness since 1995, a government survey found.

Fire brigades called to deal with weight issues – 2,700 times

Fire brigades have been called to more than 2,700 incidents over the past five years to assist severely obese people, figures show.

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