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Body Weight And Obesity

Obese people outnumber smokers two to one

People who are obese now outnumber people who smoke two to one in the UK, and excess weight trumps smoking as the leading cause of four different cancer types.

Confessions of a former junk food ad exec  

Advertiser turned campaigner, Dan Parker, talks tricks of the trade and why restrictions on junk food advertising are important. 

Government proposes banning junk food ads before 9pm

Junk food adverts on TV and online could be banned before 9pm as part of Government plans to help tackle childhood obesity.

Aspartame and artificial sweeteners – helping or hindering weight loss?

There's no convincing evidence that artificial sweeteners increase cancer risk. But can they help weight loss? We take a look at the latest research.

Our milestones: Europe’s search for an anti-cancer diet

The results from the European EPIC have shaped our understanding of diet and cancer.

London Mayor confirms junk food ad ban on transport network

Junk food advertising will be banned on public transport in London from February 2019, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan confirmed today. 

Obesity in Year 6 pupils at record high

Levels of obesity among 10-11-year olds has hit record high, according to Public Health England.

Bowel cancer in younger women linked to obesity

Obesity could be playing a role in rising rates of bowel cancer in women under 50, a new study suggests.

How we estimated when obesity might catch smoking as the top cause of cancer

New figures suggest that obesity could top smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in women by 2043. Here's how we calculated them.

Obesity at record high in children aged 10-11 years

More ten to eleven-year-olds in England are seriously obese than has ever been recorded, according to new research by Public Heath England.

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