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Doctors outline series of measures to tackle obesity

The Royal College of GPs has outlined a number of measures it wants to see to help combat the scourge of childhood obesity.

The recommendations are aimed at both health professionals and patients and include:

  • Increased support for the National Child Measurement Programme.
  • Improved investment in data-gathering IT programmes for weight management.
  • More training in malnutrition and obesity for GPs and other health professionals.
  • Outreach projects to educate families about the dangers of obesity.

Read: Doctors warn of child obesity 'state of emergency'

Current generation 'could predecease their parents'

The scale of health problems facing tyoungsters mean they could be the first generation to be outlived by their parents, a leading doctor has warned.

Dr Richard Roope, the Royal College of GPs' (RCGP) clinical lead for cancer, said there needed to be "radical steps" to tackle obesity, which he said is the second biggest reversible cause of cancer after smoking.

His warning comes alongside an open letter from the RCGP to the Chief Medical Officer for England, warning that child obesity has reached a "state of emergency".

Read: Doctors warn of child obesity 'state of emergency'

“We have a huge problem when seven-year-olds present with type 2 diabetes, previously associated with the weight gain of middle age," Dr Roope said.

"Our children are among the most overweight in Europe."

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Doctors warn of child obesity 'state of emergency'

Doctors are warning that childhood obesity has now reached a "state of emergency" and requires a special government taskforce like the Cobra committee.

The Royal College of GPs along with 11 other organisations say the health service will struggle to cope with the mounting cost of obesity unless urgent action is taken now.

They have written an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, outlining their concerns.

Doctors are warning of the dangerous scale of childhood obesity in the UK.
Doctors are warning of the dangerous scale of childhood obesity in the UK. Credit: PA

The letter claims that "an entire generation is being destroyed by a diet of junk food and sugary drinks".

Dr Rachel Pryke, who is the RCGP's 'clinical champion' for nutrition, said youngsters were being "set up for a lifetime of sickness".

Read: MP: 'Wrong' to only weigh primary kids twice

Ashya being treated at Malaga children's hospital

Ashya King is being treated in the Materno Infantil children's hospital in the Spanish city of Malaga, according to a tweet from the local police chief, Ignacio Cosido.

Mr Cosido wrote that a police patrol had found the five-year-old and congratulated them on their "good work".

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Una patrulla de @policia ha localizado a #AshyaKing. Ha sido ingresado ya en el Hospital Materno Infantil de Málaga. Buen trabajo!

Senior British Muslims back fatwa against Islamic State

Several senior British Muslim clerics have added their support to a 'fatwa' against the Islamic State militant group currently wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

The fatwa, which is a type of Islamic religious decree, calls IS "an oppressive and tyrannical group" and forbids British Muslims from joining.

Part of the fatwa, published in the Sunday Times, reads: "IS is a heretical, extremist organisation and it is religiously prohibited (haram) to support or join it; furthermore, it is an obligation on British Muslims to actively oppose its poisonous ideology, especially when this is promoted within Britain."

An IS fighter holding the militant group's black and white flag.
An IS fighter holding the militant group's black and white flag. Credit: Reuters

The decree was written by Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan, a former imam in east London and now head theologian at the anti-extremist Quilliam Foundation.

Among other supporters are the head imams of Leicester and Manchester Central Mosques.

Read: Brits fighting for IS 'could be banned from UK'

US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia

The White House has offered its support to the European Union's plan to introduce further sanctions against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

"We welcome the European Council's consensus today to show strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and to prepare further sanctions for consideration in coming days," White House National Security spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

She added that the US was working with the EU to prepare further sanctions.

Read: PM: Russia will face 'consequences' over Ukraine

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US airstrikes back up humanitarian drops in Iraq

The Pentagon's Press Secretary has tweeted that US aircraft have been conducting airstrikes to support humanitarian air drops in the Iraqi town of Amerli.

The town north of Baghdad has been besieged by Islamic State fighters in recent weeks.

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US military & partners conduct humanitarian airdrops in Amirli, Iraq. US aircraft also conducted airstrikes nearby to support mission.

Read: John Kerry: Airstrikes alone won’t defeat IS militants

Brits fighting for IS 'could be banned from UK'

Britons who have fought for Islamic State could be banned from returning to the UK under tougher new anti-terror measures to be unveiled by the Government on Monday.

The Sunday Express reports a government source saying: “We are looking at stopping ­British citizens re-entering the country if they are suspected of terrorist activity abroad.”

The source also said ministers were looking at making it easier to remove passports from would-be jihadists through temporary seizure powers at the UK's borders.

Government 'absolutely clear' on Rotherham action

The Government is "absolutely clear" about the need to learn from the mistakes that led to the Rotherham abuse scandal, the Crime Prevention Minister has said.

Labour have said they will introduce mandatory reporting of child sex abuse if they are in government after the 2015 general election.

Lib Dem minister Norman Baker said ministers had asked the National Group on Sexual Violence against Children and Vulnerable People to look at introducing mandatory reporting.

Mr Baker added that there was now an independent panel of experts "to consider whether public bodies - and other non-state institutions - have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse".

Read: Labour to make reporting child sex abuse mandatory

Libor fines to help fund veteran accommodation in Wales

The Government has announced £2.26m funding for a project in Wales to help armed services veterans adjust to civilian life.

The cash comes from a £40m fund taken from fines on financial institutions involved in the Libor rate-fixing scandal.

Read: How Libor fine money benefits military charities

It means the First Choice Housing Association's accommodation scheme will be able to help former service personnel who want to settle in Wales and the borders.

The Prime Minister said in a statement: "This Libor funding will help veterans in Wrexham, Ceredigion and Flintshire to make the transition into civilian life, providing assistance as they find new jobs and homes."

Read: £1m cash pledge for Armed Forces Memorial

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