Richard Kilcoyne

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How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

As debate rages about whether to introduce a sugar tax, this is the story of how Mexico defied its own powerful fizzy drinks industry to impose a tax on soda<p>Mexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. …

Diabetes

To My Daughter, At Halftime

OK, dear daughter. Bring it in. Time for a halftime pep talk.<p>Soon, you'll be turning 9. I know. I can't believe it either, but your birth certificate doesn't lie even if I haven't aged a day past 35.<p>We are at the halfway point of this "raising" you thing. We've been pretty focused on just keeping …

Parenting

10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They're Too Cool to Listen

This week, my daughter turns 10, and two things occurred to me about this:<p>How the hell do I have a 10-year-old? Is a real adult going to show up and help out with this sometime soon?<br>• There are so many things I want to tell her -- now, before she is in the onslaught of middle school and too cool to …

Middle School

The Simple Piece Of Plastic That Teaches Kids To Tie Their Shoes

As a first grade teacher, Eileen Sloan got tired of tying students’ shoes, so she invented a plastic tool to lend a helping hand.<p>As a first grade teacher, Eileen Sloan got tired of tying shoes. Though it wasn’t something she taught in her class, she expended plenty of energy helping students tie …

Game on, or off? Should we be worried about our tech-addicted toddlers?

Small private hospital in Central London, residential rehab courses for screen addiction for children, the youngest patient so far, four years old … I know what you're thinking: either that we're going to hell in a handcart as we fail to bring up our young to be the least bit interested in the …

Friends: 20 years old and still the best-ever show about twentysomethings

As Monica Gellar once said to Rachel Green: "Welcome to the real world! It sucks – you're going to love it."<p>Could Friends be a more realistic depiction of twentysomething life? From the second Monica ushered Rachel into the world of poverty, dead-end jobs, and quarter-life crises, the series became …

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

The 25 best entertainment apps to download now

Watch films and TV, listen to the radio, book concert tickets - there's an app for it all. Many, many apps, in fact. We look at 25 of the best.<p>Sky Go<p>Free (subscription required); iPad, iPhone and Android<p>Offering entertainment from Sky’s live TV and Anytime+ movies and sports content, Sky has upped …