SIRC Media Watch Archive
Panics and Scares – September 2002

Men suffer body image disorders. Men are increasingly at risk of developing body image disorders as they worry about building muscle, researchers warn. BBC.

Lack of exercise 'damages heart'. Failure to exercise is as bad for health as smoking a packet of cigarettes every day, experts have warned. The World Heart Federation said physical inactivity doubles the chances of developing heart disease and increases the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. BBC

Scientists say good hygiene causes allergy rise. Scientists claim to have proven for the first time that excessive hygiene is responsible for the huge increase in allergies. More than 3,500 children in three countries were studied to prove that allergies including asthma and hayfever are on the rise in connection with cleanliness. Ananova

Levis to sell 'mobile safe' jeans. Jean manufacturer Levi Strauss is launching a new line of trousers which it says protects against any radiation emitted by mobile phones. The trousers, which are called Icon S-Fit, are fitted with pockets which have "anti-radiation" lining. They are expected to go on sale early next year. BBC