A nation suffering from "fat blindness": Average Briton only prompted to go on a diet once the scales tip 13.7 stone

A nation suffering from 'fat blindness': Average Briton is only prompted to go on a diet once the scales tip 13.7 stoneAverage weight has gone from 12.3 stone to 13.7 stone Unflattering photographs are a key weight loss trigger A quarter of the population are classified as obese By Emily Payne PUBLISHED: 14:57 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 GMT, 21 February 2013 Many overweight people are suffering from 'fat blindness', say experts Britons are increasingly suffering from 'fat blindness' and are failing to lose weight until they are obese, experts have warned.

Girls are pressured to be thin by friends rather than TV and magazines

Girls are pressured to be thin by FRIENDS rather than TV and magazines Study compared pressure from peers, TV and social media on how dissatisfied girls felt about their bodiesFound only disapproving friends had a long-term effect on their self-esteem By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:15 GMT, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:17 GMT, 31 January 2013 Friends have a greater influence on girls' body image than looking at thin models on TV and in magazines, a new study has found.

Fat drivers are 80% more likely to die in a crash: Extra weight stops seat belts tightening properly

Fat drivers are 80% more likely to die in a crash: Extra weight stops seat belts tightening properly By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:30 GMT, 22 January 2013 Obese drivers are more likely to die in car crashes than other motorists – with fat women most at risk, warn scientists.

Are you fatter (or thinner) than you thought? Oxford mathematician shows flaw in body mass index

Are you fatter (or thinner) than you thought Oxford mathematician shows flaw in body mass indexShorter people fatter and taller people less fat than than previously thoughtBody mass index (BMI) assumes more bulk for tall people than necessary By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 00:08 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 21 January 2013 It is something of a low blow for the vertically challenged.

Gender bending chemicals in normal household goods could cause obesity in children.

Gender bending chemicals in normal household goods could cause obesity in children Bisphenol A is found in dozens of household items from sunglasses to food packagingScientists believe it interferes with the way the body processes hormones | UPDATED: 06:46 GMT, 19 September 2012 A chemical found in baby bottles, food packaging and tooth fillings could be making children fat, claim scientists.

Giving babies antibiotics too early could lead to obesity later in life, say scientists

Giving babies antibiotics early on could lead to obesity later in life, say scientists Children given antibiotics before they were six months were 22% more likely to be overweight by the age of three | UPDATED: 10:45 GMT, 21 August 2012 Treating babies with antibiotics risks making them overweight as they grow up, say scientists.