Read Original: Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO – WHO

English: These children, playing in a public s...

English: These children, playing in a public space, vary in their proportion of body fat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read the original press release from WHO about tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity. The article rightly blames food marketing policies over the last four decades.

Source: Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO – WHO

But the food and drink lobby have powerful friends, so governments are unlikely to take effective action – and its a political reality that voters are getting fatter so why upset them? The mainstream media will present to evidence with their own spin, leading to more fake news and little effective action about growing obesity.

Sadly, I fear that many of the obese youngsters, victims of aggressive food marketing, will graduate to addiction and early death. It’s like choosing your poison – in Russia it might be vodka but in North America it seems that opioid abuse is in vogue.

So when will the food giants be held to account?

Thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imperial College professor Stefan Grimm found dead after cash row | Daily Mail Online

This is a must-read article from the Daily Mail. Check it out!

via Imperial College professor Stefan Grimm found dead after cash row | Daily Mail Online.

This tragic story highlights the dark-side of academia. With David Cameron‘s record austerity drive, the pressure is on academic institutions to bring in research funds and foreign students to compensate for cuts in public funding.

What this story highlights is that leading universities are run like large private businesses, with ruthless leaders who are focused on their own success and reputations. Here is a story of professional harassment to the point of suicide.

Sadly, the scientist who committed suicide specialized in cancer, where the UK record of treatment success lags other advanced countries.

Let me ask an open question:

Is it appropriate to break up universities, like Imperial College into separate teaching and research establishments?

Thoughts?