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John Balding 1935-2015

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It is with great sadness we announce that John Balding died Tuesday 13th January.

After a short illness, he passed away in his sleep, at home with his family.


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We have greatly appreciated all the many messages of condolence from across the country and abroad, and the sharing of memories of John.

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John on retiring

" Leaving the work and interests of the Unit is far from easy for me, and, inevitably I still 'meddle'.
I have had a good time

What sort of story? Bullying, body image, or media studies?

I was contacted today by a journalist regarding a story about a young woman in the public eye who has had liposuction, and I was asked what I thought. This is based on my reply. I'm not going to link to the piece, for reasons that will become clear below.
We have some possibly relevant statistics:

Andrew Lansley's self-esteem

We are intrigued by the move of the office of Director of Public Health to local authorities, and note with approval comments from Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, who in his address to the UK Faculty of Public Health Conference in July, was anxious not to limit his view to narrow behavioural outcomes.  "It’s about building self-esteem," he said, and this is a topic that we have been interested in for a long while.  In our reports we have often shown links between self-esteem and both health behaviours and mental health*.  Although La

Cannabis re-classification

The curious incident of young people's reaction to the re-classification of cannabis - "Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?" "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time." "The dog did nothing in the night-time." "That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes. From the story ‘Silver Blaze’, in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Trends: Young People and Food Choices and Smoking

Using new data from over 516,000 young people we are updating the Trends reports that have data from 1983.
For example, around 25% of regular smokers, across all groups, don't want to give up smoking. The apparent lack of an overall trend suggests that the proportion who don't want to give up is fairly consistent irrespective of any influences that may alter a young smoker's attitude, and despite all health education efforts since the early 1980s.

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