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Food firms told to pay up to avoid regulation, lack of exercise ‘not to blame’ for childhood obesity, and how fish oils can fight breast cancer



By Gareth Iacobucci

Our round-up of the health news headlines on Thursday 8 July.

In a food-dominated Daily Digest this morning, Andrew Lansley’s public health speech, covered here Pulse, gets plenty of column inches, with the Guardian and the Mail leading on his announcement that major food firms will be asked to fund healthy living campaigns but will not face a clampdown on fatty, sugary and salty meals.

On a similar theme, the Telegraph reports on the findings of what it describes as a ‘controversial study’, that has found for the first time that children who are obese do less exercise because they are already overweight, suggesting that junk food and overfeeding from an early age is responsible for childhood obesity rather than inactivity.

Elsewhere, both the Mail and the Independent report on a new study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which suggests that fish oils could protect women from breast cancer.

Spotted something we’ve missed? Let us know and we’ll update the digest throughout the day.

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