England's Chief Medical Officer has warned expanding waistlines have become normal and a tax on sugar may be needed to help the nation lose weight.
ITV News reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:
Deaf and blind people may be at higher risk of developing dementia, England's Chief Medical Officer has warned.
Dame Sally Davies said although the data was not conclusive, investigating a possible link between sight or hearing impairment and diseases such as Alzheimer's could aid doctors' understanding of dementia.
Hard-drinking soap characters offer an "irresponsible" portrayal of excessive alcohol consumption, according to the Chief Medical Officer for England
Analysis of six weeks of soap operas and found characters drinking too much on 162 occasions, with negative consequences often left out.
However, Dame Sally Davies' report on the state of the nation's health points out that this kind of portrayal of drinking is not a modern phenomenon - every single one of Shakespeare's plays mentions alcohol at least once.
She also says that the way drinking is presented in popular culture is out of kilter with ordinary people's behaviour.
"Drinking to excess is not ‘normal behaviour’, and portraying it as such is irresponsible. Some 75% of the population does not consume excessive quantities of alcohol, and the proportion of the population which abstains from alcohol (15% in 2009) is increasing," she writes.
Being overweight or obese is in danger of becoming seen as normal, the Chief Medical Officer for England has warned.
Dame Sally Davies said she was "increasingly concerned that society may be normalising being overweight".
Her annual report on the state of the nation's health said excessive consumption of sugar, particularly in soft drinks, was one of the factors behind rising obesity.
Dame Sally is calling on food and drink manufacturers to tweak their products so they have less added sugar.
She also said a 'sugar tax' may need to be considered if the industry's efforts to make products healthier are not successful.
The Family Planning Association has said women should not "panic" over their ability to conceive as they reach their thirties.
Spokeperson Natika Halil, told the Daily Telegraph:
The comments came as England's Chief Medical Officer expressed concern about the number of women choosing to postpone motherhood until their late 30s and early 40s.
England's Chief Medical Officer has voiced concern about the number of women choosing to delay motherhood until their late 30s and early 40s, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Professor Dame Sally Davies reportedly told a group of health professionals on Thursday:
“The steady shift to have children later, there are issues with that. We all assume we can have children later but actually we may not be able to.
Prof Dame Sally added that she was “lucky” to have had two children in her 40s.
However, she also emphasised that she was not suggesting women should have children earlier, saying “It’s not for me to tell women what to do".
The chief medical officer's comments come as figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 1 in 5 women now reach the age of 45 without having children.