Newspaper headlines: Obese cookery classes and green belt threat

By BBC News

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Nearly two million people could soon find themselves being sent to free cookery classes, The Times claims. The initiative, proposed by the health body Nice, would also include personal trainers, activity regimes and healthy recipes, with the purpose of combating obesity. The Daily Telegraph expects everyone over 40 to be offered diabetes tests. And The Sun covers the story with a picture of a generous waistline spilling over its restraining belt with the headline, "chubby checkers".

The Daily Mirror says the "most shocking" thing about the pay demand made by a million NHS workers is its "modesty". The paper argues that meeting it would only maintain, and not improve, the living standards of staff. But a think-tank expert tells The Guardian that, while the pay claim is understandable, the NHS just isn't funded at a level that would make it affordable.

A report on the death of a promising young journalist seized by a crocodile in Sri Lanka is the main story in The Sun. The paper says Paul McClean had been on a dream holiday when horror struck. The Daily Express tells how he'd wandered off from friends on a surfing beach when the crocodile dragged him into a lagoon.

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The opening statement by the judge in charge of the Grenfell tower inquiry is described by The Telegraph as "sober and well-balanced". It believes Sir Martin Moore-Bick is "the right person" to conduct the investigation, and rejects the view of some that he is "the wrong colour and class."

Deep inequalities were exposed by the tragedy, says The Times, but the purpose of the inquiry is to come up with clear and practical recommendations that can be applied to other high rise blocks in order to make them safe. The paper advises him not to "stray too far". And the Daily Mail thinks the absolute priority is that he does the job "as quickly as possible."

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image captionReading from right to left the small dot zero is the seventh character at the bottom right of the manuscript

The Telegraph reports on a mathematical discovery made at Oxford University's Bodleian Library. Tests have shown that an Indian manuscript, dating to the third or fourth century, contains the earliest known reference to the number zero. The text uses black dots to represent nothing.

The Mail also writes about the discovery that a perfectly chilled bottle of champagne will emit a "grey white cloud of fog" when opened. Unfortunately, as a French chemical physicist tells the paper, "it is invisible to the naked eye".

The Daily Mirror celebrates the return home of nine-year-old Max Johnson after a successful heart transplant. The paper calls it a "wonderful moment", but also promises to go on campaigning for a change in the law in England and Northern Ireland, so that consent is presumed to have been given for the organs of anyone who dies to be used in transplant surgery. The paper believes that's the best way to prevent many needless deaths.

The Guardian considers the current popularity of a number of horror films, saying that the genre is captivating cinemagoers with films like the current adaptation of Stephen King's IT.

But The Sun reports that working clowns believe their business is being hit by the big success of the movie. One tells the paper its portrayal of a killer clown is putting parents off booking the performers for children's parties.