Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more

The Future of Freemasonry

An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century


This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more

The Changing Face of Motherhood

Insights from three generations of mothers


The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more

Part of the problem.

Model agency representatives and editors of glossy magazines have been invited to have their knuckles rapped at a Downing Street 'summit' on eating disorders.

Tessa Jowell has been busy pontificating about the thin ideal promoted by the fashion industry and how this leads to eating disorders among teenage girls and young women. She has clearly paid no attention, however, to the growing body of research evidence indicating that over-zealous health promotion - particularly the kind of moralistic 'healthy weight' and 'healthy eating' campaigns favoured by this Government - also encourages dieting and weight obsessions, and is now widely regarded as a contributing factor in teenage eating disorders (see: Dieting Damage).

If she is genuinely concerned about finding a solution to the increase in eating disorders, Ms Jowell must first recognise that she is part of the problem.