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People who experience the stigma of obesity are more likely to overeat, research shows

7 August 2015

Making people aware of their weight problems may not help them to improve their health.

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Ethnic minority pupils have higher hopes of university study than their white peers

4 June 2015

The educational expectations of Indian pupils in England are considerably greater than those of white pupils at age 16, according to new research.

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Fat is the new normal – good news for society but bad news for our health

27 May 2015

Hollywood stars and top models may be getting larger, but accepting that beauty comes in varying shapes and sizes might not be good for our health, warns Professor Alice Sullivan of the UCL Institute of Education.

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Child obesity risk increases almost three-fold in five generations

19 May 2015

Children born since 1990 are up to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by age 10, according to a new study

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Muslim women less likely to find employment than white Christian women

17 April 2015

New research from the University of Bristol suggests that Muslim women are more likely to be unemployed than white Christian women, even when they have the same qualifications and language abilities.

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Women much more likely than men to say ‘I’m a believer’, study finds

21 January 2015

Next week another significant step on the road to gender equality will be taken with the consecration of the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport – the first female bishop to be appointed by the Church of England. But a less talked-about gender divide in religion, which arguably supports the case for more […]

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More people may believe in life after death than God, study finds

28 November 2012

More people may believe in an afterlife than believe in God, according to a nation-wide survey of Britons born in 1970.

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What we may be able to learn from young children’s career dreams

14 September 2012

Does it matter whether a seven-year-old wants to be a doctor, a road-sweeper or a fire-eater in a travelling circus?

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Children’s education crucial for social mobility: new ESRC briefing draws on MCS and BCS70 data

20 June 2011

Parents, the family home, and children’s own attitudes and behaviours could all contribute towards reducing educational inequalities, a recent study shows.

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One in four boys is turned off school by the age of 7

15 October 2010

Almost one in four boys in the UK is already “anti-school” by the age of seven, a major survey has revealed.

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Northern Irish seven-year-olds are the happiest in the UK

15 October 2010

Childhood may not offer the freedom that it once did but most seven-year-olds in Northern Ireland are enjoying their lives. Their parents are generally content too, a major study suggests.

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Nine in ten people in their early 50s consider working beyond retirement age

12 June 2010

Almost 90 per cent of people in their early 50s are considering working beyond the state pension age in order to have a higher standard of living, a study has found.

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