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Parents fail to spot obesity and NHS 'could save billions' from cycling

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines.

Just one in a hundred patients identify obesity in their children according to research reported by The Telegraph.

The study of 3,000 mums and dads found 31% underestimate their child’s weight, while just 1% of those with very overweight children - above the top 95th percentile - recognised the problem.

And a survey suggests the NHS could save billions if roads were made safer from cycling, according to The Times.

The survey of 9,500 commuter cyclists - conducted by a tax-free bike scheme - found half reported lower stress levels since they took up riding to work, 29% were drinking less alcohol and 20% were smoking less.

The report claimed that even if just 10% of journeys were made by bike instead of car by 2025, the NHS would save £2.5 billion and the nation would gain a over a million years of healthy living.



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