Healthy lives

Child wellbeing in the new generation

Since the UK was placed bottom in a 2007 Unicef report on the wellbeing of children in rich countries, concern with the situation of the nation’s children has taken on a new dimension. But new evidence from the Millennium Cohort Study suggests the current generation are faring well.

Understanding ethnicity in the battle against obesity

One in three children in the last year of primary school is overweight or obese, according to figures from Public Health England. Afshin Zilanawala has been explores links between children’s weight and their ethnicity: which factors need consideration in tackling the problem?

Tax breaks for healthy lifestyles

In the United States, work based schemes aimed at providing incentives for healthy lifestyles have been in place since 2010. Could similar schemes work in the UK?

Why household surveys are key to well-judged policy

The years since 1990 have been littered with policy failures rooted in a misunderstanding of ordinary households. So says Professor Sir Ivor Crewe of Oxford University, who believes large scale household surveys like Understanding Society could help policy makers and politicians get it right.

Dementia and why we need to prevent it

Dementia in old age worries us all. Recent research suggests the risk of dementia in the UK is going down, but this could be reversed if we fail to put more focus on prevention rather than cure, says Iain Lang.

Food education: a legacy for children’s health

Food education in schools needs a raised profile if society is to avoid the looming threat of obesity and diabetes. The School Food Plan, if fully implemented, shows how it is possible to promote healthy eating but it needs more support from policy makers, food manufacturers and parents and it needs that support now.