Christmas 2012: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over festive period

The festive blow-out: Average Briton scoffed almost 40,000 calories over Christmas and gained SIX pounds in weight Typical adult consumes 15,000 calories over Christmas and a further 18,000 calories of alcohol before New Year's Day Recommended daily calorie allowance for an eight-day period is around 20,000 for men and 16,000 for women.

Paul Young: "I think time is beginning to take its revenge on me"

'I think time is beginning to take its revenge on me': Under the microscope with Paul Young | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 31 July 2012 The pop singer, 56, on considering plastic surgery, getting arthritis in his fingers and burning the candle at both ends 'I'm somewhere between 13 and 14st now, although I feel I should be under 13,' said Paul Young ARE YOU FIT FOR YOUR AGE I do like a good bike ride and my wife Stacey and I also have a personal trainer twice a week to keep our basic fitness up.

Donna Hindley: Mother who"s allergic to Christmas trees, tinsel, mince pies and turkey

Season to be jolly Not for the mother who”s allergic to Christmas trees, tinsel, mince pies and turkey The festive season would not be complete without Christmas trees, tinsel, mince pies and turkey. But for Donna Hindley, these seemingly innocuous Yuletide items are a source great of dread.

Season to be jolly? Not for the mother who"s allergic to Christmas trees, tinsel, mince pies and turkey

Season to be jolly Not for the mother who”s allergic to Christmas trees, tinsel, mince pies and turkey The festive season would not be complete without Christmas trees, tinsel, mince pies and turkey. But for Donna Hindley, these seemingly innocuous Yuletide items are a source great of dread. For the mother-of-two has such an extreme array of allergies that she is left suffering from severe hay fever-type symptoms for most of December