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Losing weight and keeping it off isn't easy, but it has many benefits. You may only need to make small changes to your lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is linked to serious health problems and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease…

Weight loss wonders

Debbie and Brendan Byrne lost more than 60kg together by binning takeaways in favour of a healthy diet. Rewind a few years and the Byrne family's diet consisted of Chinese takeaways, kebabs and pizzas. Debbie Byrne, 45, who lives in Essex with her husband Brendan, 41, and their four…

Weight loss: 'I knew I had to change'

Robert Langston knew he had to change his life. He was 37, weighed 16.2 stone (103kg) and couldn't walk down his local high street without losing his breath. He had diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, and knew that his poor diet and a lack of physical activity had…

What are superfoods?

We examine the evidence behind the health claims of 10 of the most popular so-called superfoods. So-called, because there is no official definition of a "superfood" and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence. But that hasn't stopped many food…

What can I do if my child is overweight?

If your child is overweight, there's lots you can do to help them become a healthy weight as they grow. As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to tell that your child is overweight. A child may not look particularly heavy to be overweight. And because…

What can I do if my child is very overweight?

If your child is very overweight, there's lots you can do to help them become a healthy weight as they grow. Very overweight children tend to grow up to be very overweight adults, which can lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and…

What does 100 calories look like?

Find out what 100 calories looks like with this selection of everyday foods.  Go straight to 100-calorie portions of: oil, mayonnaise and butter cheese sugar biscuits crisps   meat and fish dried fruit fresh fruit vegetables Calories and kilocalories The term calorie is a commonly used shorthand for…

What happens during labour and birth

First stage of labour When to contact your midwives Second stage of labour Third stage of labour First stage of labour During the first stage of labour, contractions make your cervix gradually open up (dilate). This is usually the longest stage of labour. At the…

What happens if your baby is breech?

Babies often twist and turn during pregnancy, but most will have moved into the head-down (also known as head-first) position by the time labour begins. However, that doesn't always happen, and a baby may be: bottom first or feet first (breech position) lying sideways (transverse position) Bottom first or feet first (breech…

What happens straight after the birth?

It's natural to focus on your baby's birth while you are pregnant. But it's a good idea to also know what to expect after labour. Skin-to-skin contact really helps with bonding. It's a good idea to have your baby lifted onto you as soon as…
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