Newspaper headlines: Obesity 'dangerous as terrorism' and Cameron 'gutless' on Heathrow

"Aporkerlypse now" is how the Sun interprets a warning about obesity from the government's top medical adviser, as Friday's papers lead with a variety of stories.

Dame Sally Davies says obesity is as big a threat to the UK as terrorism, the Sun reports.

The warning focuses on women, and Dame Sally wants obesity "classed alongside flooding and major outbreaks of disease" as well as terrorism, the Daily Mail says.

It says the "extraordinary claim" comes along with a series of proposals to improve women's health - including a call for pregnant women not to "eat for two".

More than half of women aged 34 to 44, and almost two thirds of those over 45, are overweight or obese, the paper adds.

Airport 'farce'

Angry business leaders have branded David Cameron "gutless" after he delayed a decision on whether to build a new runway at Heathrow Airport, the Daily Telegraph reports.

It says the delay - justified by a need for time to carry out pollution tests - was designed to appease Conservative MPs who have threatened to resign over Heathrow expansion.

The Financial Times says Mr Cameron has reneged on a promise to decide before Christmas on whether to authorise a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick.

The prime minister wants to "keep the issue out of next May's mayoral elections", it adds.

The Daily Mail's headline is simply "Farce!", and in a comment piece it calls the move a "feeble act of cowardice".

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'Heroic digger drivers'

Villagers in Glenridding, Cumbria, fled as a "tsunami" of flood water washed one-ton boulders along their main street, the Metro reports.

People linked arms to stop themselves being washed away after a beck burst its banks, the paper adds.

The Daily Mirror says three "heroic digger drivers" worked all night to help the village, scooping debris and rocks from a river to let water flow.

A couple who battled through Cumbria's floods before their baby was born have given him the middle name Noah, the Daily Express reports.

It says the floods will be followed by a "bitter Arctic blast" this weekend, with snow and temperatures as low as -8C (18F).

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Care home 'wolves'

"Buy-to-let" care home rooms are being offered to private investors with promises of large profits from rents, the Independent reports.

It says an investigation revealed hundreds of rooms for sale at up to £85,000 each, and warns that high fixed returns could "squeeze the funds available for providing actual care".

Patient care will be a "distant second to a fanatic pursuit of profit", the paper comments. It calls for regulation, adding: "The wolves should not be allowed to prowl unsupervised."

Trump row continues

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump continues to feature in almost every newspaper, this time for saying the UK is trying to disguise its "massive Muslim problem", the Sun reports.

The paper says more than 450,000 people have signed a petition calling for him to be banned from the UK for his comments on Muslims - but he said the petitoners "don't know what they're getting into".

Also criticising the petitioners is Melanie Phillips, who writes in the Times: "So the response to Trump's supposedly hateful call to ban Muslims is - to ban Trump. How liberal or coherent is that?"

Mocking Mr Trump, Independent columnist Mark Steel says his call to ban Muslims from entering the US "doesn't go far enough".

"To make the country truly safe he should insist that - as so many non-Muslims go berserk with guns in schools and shopping malls - no non-Muslims can be allowed into the country until we can figure out what is going on," he says.

Meanwhile in the US, the Daily Mail says an eagle came close to discovering whether Mr Trump's trademark quiff is a toupee by flapping its wings violently during a photoshoot.

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Making people click

  • Christmas is cancelled at Barclays bank - Christian groups and customers have criticised Barclays for "deleting" references to Christmas from its branches, the Telegraph reports.
  • "Give me a free fish cake or I'll shoot" - A "hungry diner" pulled a BB gun in a Cardiff chip shop and demanded a fish cake, the Mirror says.
  • Alfred airbrushed ally from history - Alfred the Great is described in the Times as, possibly, "a bit of a rotter" because he may have tried to "airbrush out of history" a lesser-known king who helped him fight invaders.
  • Strike a light! - The Daily Star says a pensioner blew up his house as he refilled a cigarette lighter with gas.

Serial's back

The return of Serial might mean nothing to you - or you might have cancelled all short-term plans in order to listen.

News of the hit podcast's second series features in several papers, and the Guardian reports it will focus on US soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

It says Bergdahl spent five years in Taliban captivity after vanishing from his post in Afghanistan, and on Serial he will speak publicly about his alleged desertion for the first time.

"Hold on to your hats," says the Independent, as it reports that fans broke Serial's website in their rush to download the start of series two.

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Liars and family feuds

Can you tell if someone is lying?

Probably not. In fact, the Telegraph reports, humans successfully spot a liar 50% of the time - meaning flipping a coin would be just as effective.

But the paper says a US study may offer hope, with software now able to identify liars 75% of the time.

The most untruthful people, it says, are likely to look you straight in the eye and give confident, thought-out replies. They may also grimace and make "excessive" hand gestures, it adds.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports on how daughters-in-law "drive a wedge between a mother and her son".

A study has found parents are more likely to lose contact with sons than daughters after they marry - and "tensions with the daughter-in-law" are a major source of discord - the paper says.


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Media captionGuardian political correspondent Rowena Mason and the Independent's economics editor Ben Chu join the BBC News Channel to review Friday's papers.

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