Upselling, students gambling and gender blurring…

Date: 18/09/2017 Written by: Kelly 3 minutes to read.
News review

'Upselling' has been suggested to be fuelling the obesity epidemic, students have been found to have large gambling debts, universal credit is making it difficult for thousands to pay their rent, a gender blurring study has highlighted a disconnect between advertisers and consumers and a pro-euthanasia film has been banned from YouTube. Below, we've given an overview of some of the news stories which have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks to save you the time of looking yourself!

'Upselling' is fuelling the obesity epidemic

One in three people buys a larger coffee, more fries or added cream each week as a result of “upselling”, which experts say is fuelling the obesity epidemic. In a report out this week, those who succumb to upselling are gaining weight. Young people aged 18-24 are the most likely to experience upselling, consuming an extra 750 calories a week that could potentially lead them to put on 5kg (11lb) of extra weight in a year.

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Adults over 40yrs should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment.

People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes. Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England. They recommend programmes to help people people to change their diet and do more exercise. The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment.


Some students have £10,000 gambling debt, say Gambling Commission

Some students have run up gambling debts of £10,000 or more, a Gambling Commission director has told the BBC. Ben Haden said his organisation was concerned about the impact gambling was having on undergraduates and the National Union of Students said action was needed to minimise risks.The Gambling Commission is calling for more advice and guidance to help prevent students from becoming hooked. It wants universities to provide the same level of information and support about the risks from gambling as they do for drugs, alcohol and safe sex. A government review due this autumn will look at fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) - now common on high streets - and children's access to gambling.


Universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

Ministers are coming under intense pressure to put the brakes on the government’s flagship welfare reform programme, following damning new evidence that it is leaving thousands of low-paid workers unable to pay their rent and at risk of homelessness. Figures obtained by the Observer under the Freedom of Information Act also show that half of all council tenants across 105 local authorities who receive the housing element of universal credit – which replaces housing benefit – are at least a month behind on their rent, with 30% two months behind.


No place like home - in pictures

We were fascinated by these images! No Place Like Home is a photography and audio project by London-based photographer Jonathan Donovan. Each story explores what it is like to live in London, and asks what constitutes a home in this febrile environment.


Gender blurring study points toward emergence of a genderless society

Television commercials are stuck in the stereotypes of the past when it comes to offering a modern portrayal of contemporary women, according to a new study by Havas which seeks to draw attention to growing gender blurring in society. ‘The Future is FeMale’ was commissioned in order to better establish how far gender equality has taken root in the UK in recent years, highlighting a growing disconnect between advertisers and the consumers they seek to reach. It found that close to half of all female respondents (47.8%) expressed resentment at how women are represented in adverts.


The advert upsetting almost everyone - Pro-euthanasia short film with a powerful message that is 'unwatchable' and banned from YouTube

Right-to-die campaigners have released a film recreating the final moments of a cancer sufferer in a dramatic push to legalise voluntary euthanasia. The six-minute 'Stop The Horror' video uses actors to portray the excruciating death of 56-year-old Australian Greg Sims who died from brain cancer in 2005. The painful footage, released by right-to-die advocates Go Gentle Australia and with consent from Greg's daughter Nia, warns viewers of "graphic representations" and adds scenes may be "offensive or disturbing" to some.

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