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Can a sugar tax fight obesity and diabetes?

Diabetes is the second biggest killer in South Africa, just behind tuberculosis

South Africa is moving towards the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks, in a bid to tackle obesity and other conditions like diabetes. The BBC's Victoria Phenethi in Johannesburg has the details. (Picture: Sugar cubes and canned drinks. Credit: Piotr_Malczyk/iStock/Getty Image Plus)

Can you be fat and fit?

Kat Cowan

BBC Radio Sheffield

Research has been released today which looks at whether you can be both fat and fit.

A study of 3.5 million Britons suggests that having excess fat increases the risk of suffering heart disease by half, even when blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal.

To find out a bit more about this I've been out to meet Lucy Arnold who's a personal trainer from Sheffield and her client Jill to see what they think:

Number of ambulances for obese patients revealed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

We all know that obesity is a growing problem in the UK, but how does it affect our ambulance services?

A Freedom of Information request has revealed East Midlands Ambulance Service has 225 specially designed and equipped vehicles to deal with obese patients.

They are known as bariatric capable vehicles and are for patients of up to 50 stone (317.5kg). Six of them have hoists and lifts.

bariatric ambulance
BBC

How does that compare with other ambulance services?

Our neighbours in the East have just eight vehicles with 16 bariatric stretchers.

But over in the West Midlands, all 420 ambulances are bariatric capable.

For a full breakdown, click here.