Large variation in the causes of childhood obesity worldwide

The factors causing childhood obesity are different for wealthier and poorer countries, and the management of the disease is complex, according to a report by Yale scientists. According to one study cited in the report, BMI data from 200 countries showed paediatric obesity has risen from 4% in 1975 to 18% in 2016 or from 5 million to 50 million girls and 6 million to 74 million boys.

Intercollegiate general surgery guidance on COVID-19

The four Royal Surgical Colleges (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons have issued guidance for surgeons regarding procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance has also been sent to NHS England and NHS Scotland.

70 per cent of ICU coronavirus patients are overweight

Approximately 70% of patients admitted to intensive care units in UK hospitals as a result of coronavirus are overweight or have obesity or morbidly obesity, according to an analysis by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre on 19th March. The research is the first in-depth examination of ICU patients. 

The analysis found that the average age of admission was 64, the vast majority were male (70.9%), 9 per cent had severe co-morbidities, however, what other conditions the patients presented with such as asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes, was not detailed.

Intercollegiate general surgery guidance on COVID-19

The four Royal Surgical Colleges (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons have issued guidance for surgeons regarding procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance has also been sent to NHS England and NHS Scotland.

Large variation in the causes of childhood obesity worldwide

The factors causing childhood obesity are different for wealthier and poorer countries, and the management of the disease is complex, according to a report by Yale scientists. According to one study cited in the report, BMI data from 200 countries showed paediatric obesity has risen from 4% in 1975 to 18% in 2016 or from 5 million to 50 million girls and 6 million to 74 million boys.

Childhood overweight and obesity rates increase for disadvantaged families

Although the overall prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents has fallen slightly over the past decade, the rates of both conditions have increased in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, according to a study that included more than one million children in Catalonia, Spain, which was carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) - a centre supported by ‘la Caix’ - and the IDIAPJGol Institute.

COVID-19: Analysis on numbers in intensive care from Italy

A new report on COVID-19 data to March 18 from Italy, prepared by an Italian expert for the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), states that the rate of increase in the number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) with COVID-19 in Italy may have peaked in Lombardy, and may still be peaking in Italy as a whole. The report is by Davide Manca, Professor of Process Systems Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.