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Number of overweight children has increased over ten times since 1970s

OBESITY among children has soared from 11million to 124million worldwide since 1975, a study shows. At the current rate of increase, by 2022 there will be more obese kids than underweight ones for the first time. About 0.9 per cent of boys and 0.7 per cent of girls were obese in 1975. This rose to […]

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OBESITY among children has soared from 11million to 124million worldwide since 1975, a study shows.

At the current rate of increase, by 2022 there will be more obese kids than underweight ones for the first time.

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Experts predict more children will be obese than underweight by 2022[/caption]

About 0.9 per cent of boys and 0.7 per cent of girls were obese in 1975.

This rose to 7.8 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively by 2016, the Lancet medical journal reports.
Much of the increase has taken place in developing countries.

Obesity among young people in Europe and America has levelled off.

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Around one in ten kids in the UK are now obese[/caption]

Girls in the UK had the 73rd highest rate in the world and boys the 84th highest.

Study leader Professor Majid Ezzati said: “Obesity rates in children and adolescents have soared globally, and continue to do so in low- and middle-income countries.

“We need ways to make healthy, nutritious food more available at home and school, especially in poor families and communities, and regulations and taxes to protect children from unhealthy foods.”

Leanne Riley, from the World Health Organisation, said: “Without serious, concerted action to address obesity, the health of millions of people will be needlessly placed in great jeopardy.”

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E-cigarettes ‘CAN trigger deadly lung disease – just like cigarettes’, experts warn

VAPING could cause the same deadly lung diseases as smoking, experts have warned. E-cigarettes appear to trigger the same responses in the body, that can lead to various disease including inflammatory lung disease and asthma. And the device could also be linked to inflammatory conditions like lupus, psoriasis and vasculitis, a new study has suggested. […]

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VAPING could cause the same deadly lung diseases as smoking, experts have warned.

E-cigarettes appear to trigger the same responses in the body, that can lead to various disease including inflammatory lung disease and asthma.

Vaping could trigger the same deadly lung diseases as smoking, experts have warned
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And the device could also be linked to inflammatory conditions like lupus, psoriasis and vasculitis, a new study has suggested.

Scientists at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill believe theirs is the first piece of research to use actual samples of human airways to explore the potential harmful effects of e-cigarettes.

Dr Mehmet Kesimer, an associate professor of pathology, said: “There is confusion about whether e-cigarettes are ‘safer’ than cigarettes because the potential adverse effects are only beginning to be studied.

“Our results suggest that e-cigarettes might just be as bad as cigarettes.”

E-cigarettes users were found to have higher levels of specific proteins that are linked to chronic lung disease
E-cigarettes users were found to have higher levels of specific proteins that are linked to chronic lung disease
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The study was small, looking at 15 e-cigarette users, 14 regular smokers and 15 non-smokers.

But researchers said it should pave the way for more investigations.

Public Health England’s major review of the devices, determined e-cigarettes are 95 per cent less harmful than regular cigarettes – and could help smokers quit.

The Royal College of Physicians agrees, and last year concluded vaping is likely to be beneficial to public health.

Past studies have linked the devices to increased risk of heart attack and stroke
Past studies have linked the devices to increased risk of heart attack and stroke
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But, the devices are still relatively new and critics say not enough research has been carried out to determine their potential dangers.

The rechargeable gadgets sell for as little as £5, and give a nicotine hit but with no tobacco toxins.

Tests have shown e-cigarettes could be as bad for your heart as fags, causing damage to key blood vessels.

Our results suggest that e-cigarettes might just be as bad as cigarettes

Dr Mehmet KesimerUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill

And the devices have been dogged by concerns over their effectiveness and fears they may act as a gateway to smoking, encouraging non-smokers to tobacco.

The new study found e-cigarette users had significantly higher levels of proteins in their airways that are linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis.

And the same proteins have also been linked to cell death in the tissues lining the blood vessels and organs.

The study’s authors note more research is needed to see if this increase of proteins could be linked to diseases including lupus, vasculitis and psoriasis.

Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians both agree e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking and promote the devices as stopping smoking aids
Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians both agree e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking and promote the devices as stopping smoking aids
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They also found vaping causes some of the same negative results as cigarettes.

Both smokers and vapers had significant increases of mucus secretions linked to chronic bronchitis, asthma and wheeze.

Dr Keismer said: “Our data shows that e-cigarettes have a signature of harm in the lung that is both similar and unique, which challenges the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative.”


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The new findings are published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

In September a study found just one puff on an e-cigarette could increase a vaper’s risk of heart attack.

Earlier this year another piece of research warned of damage to your heart, with e-cigarettes found to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

But, other studies have hailed the devices a smoking cessation aid.

In July US scientists found e-cigarettes do help smokers quit their habit, and encouraged more people to switch to vaping “for the sake of their health”.

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Heartache as woman, 21, who thought she was suffering simple stomach aches dies just weeks after being told it was terminal cancer

A STUDENT has died just weeks after being diagnosed with incurable stomach cancer. Tragic Leanne Hawkins, 21, was given the news in late September after struggling through months of stomach aches and seeing her weight plummet by six stone. Her heartbroken sister Laura said: “”In the early hours of this morning our hero Leanne Hawkins grew her […]

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A STUDENT has died just weeks after being diagnosed with incurable stomach cancer.

Tragic Leanne Hawkins, 21, was given the news in late September after struggling through months of stomach aches and seeing her weight plummet by six stone.

The tragic criminal justice student died just weeks after doctors told her she had incurable cancer
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Her heartbroken sister Laura said: “”In the early hours of this morning our hero Leanne Hawkins grew her angel wings and flew to heaven.

“She is in no more pain and we couldn’t be more proud of her.

“Leanne, you will always be in my heart and with me every step of the way. My best friend and other half.”

Leanne’s family had hoped to take the criminal justice student on a ‘bucket list’ trip to Disneyland Paris before she died, and a JustGiving page to fund the getaway raised £9,700 in just two weeks.

Her family raised £9,700 to take her on a ‘bucket list’ trip to Disneyland Paris – but she died before they could take her
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Tributes have flooded in on social media for her from devastated friends.

Michelle Evans said: “Life can be far too cruel sometimes, rest in peace to a beautiful girl Leanne Hawkins. Still cannot believe you’re gone, thinking of friends and family at this terrible time.”

Emma Simpson posted: “Heaven has just received their most incredible, intelligent, beautiful angel of all! Leanne Hawkins may you rest in peace.”

Craig Duris added: “Rest in peace Leanne Hawkins. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and close friends.”

Leanne had been suffering from stomach pains and weight loss since February
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And Charlaye Blair wrote: “Rest in peace Leanne. A beautiful soul has been taken far too early to become an angel. Thinking of all the family and close friends at this horrible time.”

Speaking before she died, Leanne said: “I began losing weight really fast and since February I have lost about six stone.

“I was tested a lot and the results just kept coming back saying it was fatty tissue, so the thought of it being cancer never even crossed my mind.

“When they found the lump to be cancerous, it was a huge shock. Doctors said it was aggressive and it had spread. I hadn’t prepared for it, I was devastated, everyone was.”

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Leanne was sent to the Beatson Clinic where desperate medics started a course of chemotherapy.

She said: “The doctor told me I was one of the youngest patients to have a cancer of this kind as it is usually found in older patients, which is a shock.”


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GPs to ask patients their SEXUALITY after NHS bows to equal rights pressure

DOCTORS and nurses will be told to ask patients over the age of 16 if they are gay, bisexual or straight under new NHS rules. No one has to answer the question if they don’t wish to and answers will be recorded to ensure “no patient is discriminated against”. But the move has been blasted by […]

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DOCTORS and nurses will be told to ask patients over the age of 16 if they are gay, bisexual or straight under new NHS rules.

No one has to answer the question if they don’t wish to and answers will be recorded to ensure “no patient is discriminated against”.

NHS patients will soon be asked about their sexuality. File picture
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But the move has been blasted by MPs as an “Orwellian” invasion of privacy.

Former Labour Minister Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, told the Mail on Sunday: “Unless it’s related to your health, your sexuality is not the NHS’s business.”

And Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “It sounds intrusive and Orwellian.”

A spokesperson for the NHS said: “All health bodies and local authorities with responsibility for adult social care are required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against.”

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Some MPs and doctors feel the move in unnecessary and intrusive. File picture
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They added: “This information standard is designed to help NHS bodies be compliant with the law by collecting, only where relevant, personal details of patients such as race, sex and sexual orientation.

“They do not have to do it in every area, people do not have to answer the questions and it will have no impact on the care they receive.”

But the Family Doctor Association said it was “potentially intrusive and offensive” for GPs to monitor people’s sexuality.

Chairman Dr Peter Swinyard told the BBC that GPs tend to know patients’ sexuality or ask if it is relevant to their health.

He said: “Given the precious short amount of time a GP has with a patient, sexuality is not relevant.”


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