National news

This page includes links to stories and features from the UK’s national media that talk about MEND and the different work we do.

Yahoo! UK and Ireland (30-08-2011)

Government must act on obesity

Health academics have warned that almost half of all adults in Britain will be classified as obese within the next 20 years and warned that governments must take tough action. MEND’s chief executive Harry Macmillan says that government intervention and leadership is "crucial if we are to turn the tide on the obesity crisis.”

 

BBC Breakfast (26-08-2011)

An Oxford University report published in the Lancet says that an extra 11 million Brits will be obese by 2030 and that the burden on the NHS will rise to £2billion a year with an extra 668,000 diabetes cases, 461,000 more heart disease patients and 130,000 more cancer cases. It calls for stronger intervention from the Government such as junk food tax, clearer food labelling and a ban on junk food adverts aimed at children. MEND graduates Maureen and Sarah Markley joined Professor Klim McPherson of Oxford University on the sofa this morning to talk about their personal experiences of being overweight and how the MEND programme has helped them to lead a fitter and healthier life

 

Children & Young People Now (23-08-2011)

Cuts force authorities to drop lauded obesity prevention programme on MEND

Partnership development Director at MEND, Rachael McGrath tells C&YP Now that MEND is being forced to scale back provision because of cuts to local NHS and council budgets. She says that uncertainty over the future of public health threaten to derail MEND’s work and warns that MEND’s programmes are vital to preventing today’s children from developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer in years to come.

 

Daily Mail (20-08-2011)

Parents’ fury over diet book for girls aged six

MEND’s co founder and chief research officer Paul Sacher comments on a new diet book called ‘Maggie goes on a diet’ which is aimed at children as young as 6 and has provoked outrage from doctors all over the world.

 

Evening standard (19-08-2011)

Children's diet book branded a 'timebomb' by grieving mother

MEND’s co founder and chief research officer Paul Sacher comments on a new diet book called ‘Maggie goes on a diet’ which is aimed at children as young as 6 and has provoked outrage from doctors all over the world.

 

Daily Mirror (07-07-2011)

Get your child fit...for life!

How to keep the fitness bug alive for children over the summer holidays. With 33% of primary school children and 25% of pre-schoolers now overweight or obese, parents can’t afford to take a backseat. Journalist Sally Janes speaks to MEND’s chief research officer and co-founder during National Childhood Obesity Week about why it is important for children to be active.

 

Love it! Magazine (07-07-2011)

Taxpayers paid to get my son thin

Despite the headline this is a really positive article told in first person by Lora Leslie, the mother of Brendon who attended MEND 7-13 last year. She explains why she feels strongly about why the MEND programme is worth doing and how the whole family lost weight and feel fitter and healthier as a result of going on it.

 

BBC London (06-07-2011)

Listen 33mins into the programme for an interview with MEND case study family Marissa Segbefia, the mother of MEND 7-13 graduate, Terissa. During National Childhood Obesity Week she talks about her experience on MEND and shares her thoughts on the new M&M shop that is opening today in Leicester Square which will be the largest in the world. This piece is followed by an interview with Tam Fry of NOF about the M&M shop.

 

BBC Radio 5 Live (04-07-2011)

Interview with MEND'S chief research officer and co-founder Paul Sacher at the outset of national childhood obesity week about the rise in child obesity.

 

ITV News (04-07-2011)

A MEND case study family talks about relationship between child obesity and fatty liver disease.

 

Sky news radio (04-07-2011)

Interview with MEND'S chief research officer and co-founder Paul Sacher at the outset of National Childhood Obesity Week about MEND’s and Change4Life's research which shows children are falling short of the recommended 60 mins of daily physical activity.

 

Radio one newsbeat (04-07-2011)

An interview with MEND graduates Sarah and Maureen Markley on her daughter being diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease.

 

The Guardian (03-07-2011)

Parents wildly overestimate the amount of exercise their children take

Research released today shows that children are still falling short of the recommended 60 active minutes of physical activity per day. The findings published at the outset of National Childhood Obesity Week by Change4Life and MEND show that children are averaging just over half the recommended daily amount.

 

BBC London (01-07-2011)

Paul Sacher asks the Chair of the Health and Public Services Committee, James Cleverley, a question about tackling child obesity in the run up to the 2012 Olympics during a live debate. They discussed MEND and the role it could plan in tackling the London obesity problem.

 

Daily Mail (13-06-2011)

Obesity epidemic fuelled by parents feeding children pureed junk food.

 

 

 

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