Posts filed under “Health”

Sunbed Operators Targeting Children

The Guardian reported today that children as young as 11 are using sunbeds in an attempt to emulate that `bronzed healthy look` worn by so many of today’s celebrities. The debate over the link between sunbed use and a raised risk of skin cancer has been raging for years in ...

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Dying to be a Football Manager

I’ve often had a little chuckle to myself, when three matches into the start of the new British football season, managers start to get sacked for delivering poor results – yes, that’s the grand total of 270 minutes of football! Now the League Managers Association has just released some health data ...

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We Would Like to Operate, but You’re Too Fat!

An interesting development in policy as the UK National Health Service (NHS) begins to deny hip and knee replacements to people classed as obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more) as reported in the Times this week. The rationale being that lighter patients have better recovery and ...

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Only Thin People Need Apply!

Oh dear, the world’s biggest (financially obese) retailer has been caught red handed (The Times 27th October 2005) dreaming up ways of only recruiting `thin` and `fit` employees. Wal-Mart is considering incorporating a `physical` component into a worker’s daily routine as a means of trying to dissuade unhealthy applicants from ...

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Cosmetic Surgery for 11 Year Olds…why wait until 11!

This story caught my eye (Guardian 22nd Oct 2005). A recent UK poll of 2,000 children discovered that 25% of boys aged 5-11 would agree to cosmetic surgery in order to look like David Beckham and other heroes. Now I know that 5 years olds won’t have a clue what ...

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Diabetes Death Toll to Soar in Overweight UK

This story caught my eye because of my interest in how the health club industry will look in the future and the role it may be playing in keeping us British fatties, fit and well. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just reported that deaths from diabetes will soar by a ...

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