The Week That Was: Health & Wellbeing (18/01/19)
18th January 2019
Sleep experts are warning of an epidemic of sleep deprivation among school-aged children, with some urging educational authorities to alter school hours to allow adolescents to stay in bed longer. Adequate sleep is the strongest factor in the wellbeing and mental health of teenagers, and a shortage is linked to poor educational results, anxiety and obesity, they say.
A top London doctor has called for fruit and vegetable stands outside every Underground station to help tackle the obesity crisis. Professor Sir Sam Everington also said the capital needed to declare “a war on chicken shops” as he proposed mini-greengrocers at the 270 tube stations.
The world faces many challenges over the coming decades, but one of the most significant will be how to feed its expanding global population. The Norway-based thinktank Eat and the British journal the Lancet have teamed up to commission an in-depth study, worldwide study,which launches at 35 different locations around the world today, into what it would take to solve this problem – and the ambition is huge.
Vitamin D is now Britain’s most popular single food supplement after sales rose seven per cent last year. According to the market research company Mintel, approximately 33 per cent of supplement buyers choose vitamin D, followed by vitamin C on 27 per cent. Britons also spent a record £442 million on vitamins in 2018, up from £417 million in 2013. Mintel predicts sales will continue to climb to £477million by 2023.
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