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Tinder to promote organ donation, nurses protest tuition fees and half of teenage girls think they need to lose weight

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

The NHS has teamed up with dating app Tinder to raise awareness of organ donation among young people, the BBC reports.

For the next two weeks certain profiles will trigger an invitation to sign the NHS donor register.

The app has created custom profiles for celebrity users including Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones MBE and Emmerdale’s Gemma Oaten.

The campaign comes as the latest figures showed the number of registered organ donors decreasing for the first time in a decade.

Trainee nurses and midwives are planning to protest Government plans to make them take out student loans to cover their training.

According to the Independent, ‘furious’ nurses have organised a mass protest for 9 January against plans which they say will mean starting their careers £51,600 in debt.

The Government believes that removing a cap on nurse training numbers, and abolishing the bursary covering their tuituion fees, will boost nurse numbers, however critics are warning it could cut poorer students out of the profession.

Almost half of teenage girls believe they need to lose weight, according to an NHS survey. In all, 46% of 15 year old girls see themselves as overweight compared to just 23% of teenage boys. However boys were twice as likely as girls to say they were too thin.

The results from the ‘What about YOUth?’ survey, which quizzed 100,000 15-year-olds across England, caused campaign groups to express concerns over the state of mental health and body image among young people.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I can not see any good statistics for 15year olds, but in the 6years from reception girls overweight or obesity rates increase from 21% to 31%,
    Considering girls have usually stopped growing by 15yrs, and very often have stopped sport then I wouldn't be surprised if the average level of being overweight or obese in girls age 15years wasn't pushing 40%.
    In our most deprived areas it is over 37% for kids age 11.
    Looks like our kids may be about right with their assessements most of the time.
    http://www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid=19405&q=title%3a%22national+child+measurement+programme%22&sort=Relevance&size=10&page=1#top

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