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Mothers are not to blame for our childhood obesity crisis

Emla Fitzsimons.  The number of obese children and teenagers across the world has increased tenfold over the past four decades and it is estimated that about one in four 14-year-olds in the UK is either overweight or obese. It is

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10 years on: why we still need better sex education for the digital world

  Jessica Ringrose with Amelia Jenkinson and Sophie Whitehead of Sexplain.  Last month new guidance  for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education for England was put out for consultation by the Department for Education. This draft statutory guidance is intended

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Social media and screen-time: To ban or not to ban – that’s probably not the question

Rob Davies, CLOSER. Informed by evidence from academics, royal societies, health officials, social media companies, young people, teachers, government ministers, research funders and more, the Science and Technology Committee report on the impact of social media and screen-use on young

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If young people are to change the world they need the knowledge, the global skills and the belief they can do it

  Douglas Bourn.  The impact of globalisation on economies, societies and communities is one of the major issues of today. It can be seen in Trump’s emphasis on “America first”, the rationale behind Brexit and recent social events in France.

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What have longitudinal studies ever done for us? A beginner’s guide is here

Alison Park. Earlier this year the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) launched its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review – commissioned to assess the value and future needs of longitudinal research in the UK. The review clearly recognised the importance of the UK’s

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