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Most Britons have a "troubling" lack of understanding about the calorie content of everyday foods, a health charity has warned.

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Lisa Markwell: The real taste test is getting our teenagers to eat at all

Ever since we witnessed the dispiriting sight of mothers feeding their children takeaway burgers through the fence on a Jamie Oliver show, school dinners have become political.

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

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Up to 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily every year, according to a new report.

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More than 40 per cent of all UK cancer cases could be prevented by avoiding unhealthy lifestyles and environmental risks, according to the biggest study of its kind into diseases that kill more than 150,000 people a year.

Smoking, unhealthy diets, alcohol and being overweight cause in excess of 100,000 tumours every year

Lifestyle and work changes 'would prevent 40 per cent of cancers'

More than 40 per cent of all cancers in the UK could be prevented by avoiding unhealthy lifestyles and environmental risks, according to research.

Premature babies are much more likely to develop behavioural problems, says study

The worldwide explosion in premature births is fuelling a rise in emotional and behavioural problems, researchers say.

British women 'fattest in Europe'

British women have been named the most overweight in Europe.

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