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Generations of less advantaged children face higher risk of mid-life obesity, study finds

11 January 2017

Three generations of children from less privileged homes have reached middle age at greater risk of being overweight or obese than their better-off peers, according to findings published in PLOS Medicine.

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Latest 1970 British Cohort Study Partnership Histories dataset available

22 November 2016

The latest version of the British Cohort Study (1970): Partnership Histories (1986-2012) has been released at the UK Data Service.

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Academic success doesn’t guarantee top earnings for fortysomethings, study finds

17 November 2016

Educational achievement may be enough to open the door to high-status occupations, but isn’t sufficient to deliver a top income in early middle age, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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Psychological distress on the rise for younger generations as men feel the strain in middle age

10 October 2016

Generation X suffers poorer mental health in mid-life than the Baby Boomers before them, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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Children of depressed mothers more likely to be obese in early middle age, study reveals

28 September 2016

Forty-two-year-olds whose mothers often felt depressed while they were growing up are at greater risk of obesity than their peers, according to findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

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Fathers working full-time enjoy 21% ‘wage bonus’

16 May 2016

Full-time working fathers earn a fifth more, on average, than men without children, according to a new study published by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC). In contrast, mothers working full-time experienced a ‘pay penalty’, earning 7 per cent less, on average, than their childless colleagues. The researchers from the Institute for Public Policy Research analysed […]

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Private school education linked to better health more than 25 years later, study finds

11 May 2016

Private school pupils are more likely than their peers at comprehensives to have a lower body mass index (BMI) by the time they reach their early 40s. They also spend less time watching television and eat fewer take-away meals, according to new research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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Can ‘dreaming big’ help state-educated pupils match private school peers’ wages in early middle age?

12 November 2015

Raising state school children’s aspirations, self-confidence, and improving their access to social networks would do little to counter the huge pay advantages enjoyed by their privately-educated peers, new research shows.

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Children with two left feet are more likely to become sedentary adults, study finds

28 June 2015

People with good motor coordination at 10 years old tend to spend less time in front of screens – either computer or TV – in adolescence and middle-age. They are also more likely to be physically active in their early 40s.

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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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Children of obese parents feel the consequences into middle-age

27 March 2015

Children of obese parents are up to five times more likely to be overweight or obese by the time they reach their forties, new research has found

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Middle-aged couch potatoes may be ‘planted’ more than 30 years earlier, study concludes

16 March 2015

Parents should routinely switch off the TV and take young children out for a walk or some other exercise in order to increase their chances of growing up to be fit, healthy adults, new research suggests.

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