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One of the most alarming social issues prevailing in the world right now is obesity. More than 3 million people die annually as a result of being overweight. The statistics and surveys reflect some grave facts. 35% of the world’s adult were overweight and 11% of them fell under the category of obesity in 2008. Relevant authorities have been focusing on the issues leading to obesity and trying to increase awareness amongst people of the hazards associated with obesity. Being overweight in itself feels inconvenient. It is just like carrying extra burden that you is very difficult to avoid once […]
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Obesity has been in the news quite a lot during the past few months. In August, the government released its long-awaited obesity strategy, which was heavily criticised by health experts, MPs, and the CEO of Sainsbury’s; and which also left healthy eating campaigner Jamie Oliver ‘in shock’. The main critique has been that, with its focus on reducing sugar consumption and increasing physical activity, the strategy is far from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s February promise of ‘robust action’ on the ‘national emergency’ of obesity. What is more, the focus within this new plan remains on voluntary action, with the exception […]
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Just under one in ten children in England are obese by the time they begin primary school. The same NHS figures which highlight this statistic (9.1 per cent) among reception age pupils also pinpoints a stark rise in the issue by the end of primary school. By the time 11-year-olds are ready to move on to secondary school, 19.1 per cent are classed as obese and about a third – 33.2 per cent – are either overweight or obese. Those figures are clearly a cause for concern. As Public Health England notes, these children are also more likely to miss […]
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Clare Bambra and Ted Schrecker  A 2010 editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association warned: “If left unchecked, overweight and obesity have the potential to rival smoking as a public health problem, potentially reversing the net benefit that declining smoking rates have had on the US population over the last 50 years”.  Obesity increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and orthopaedic problems. At the end of the 1970s it was estimated that 15% of US adults were obese.  By 2012, this had more than doubled, to 35%.  Among adolescents […]
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Years ago, doctors believed that a low-calorie diet was all that anyone needed to attain a healthy weight level — even if they were extremely overweight to begin. Recent research, though, has pointed in a different direction. It is now believed that morbid obesity, a term that describes those who are more than 100 pounds overweight, cannot be helped simply with a healthy diet. Effective weight loss requires other forms of action in addition — lifestyle modifications, an exercise regimen and sometimes, when all else fails, medication or surgery. The first step: designing a nutritious low-calorie diet The first step […]
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When it comes to an illness like cancer, everyone can instantly see the ramifications for a patient and they understand – with sympathy – that their world has instantaneously come crashing down around them. Other illnesses, however, do not get quite the same reaction, probably because of our subconscious thoughts about ‘innocent victims’ and our ideas that people can bring things on themselves. It’s probably the reason that so many of us are quick to judge those with addictions, or obesity, over and above illnesses that seem to have no explanation. The truth is, our environment does contribute to most […]
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Why fill our hospitals with vending machines and Costa coffee shops when we are fighting a massive obesity epidemic? Sally Norton is a NHS consultant, specialising in weight loss and upper gastrointestinal surgery, on a crusade to put herself out of work by promoting healthier behaviour. At last, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of new measures being introduced to improve the standard of food in English hospitals, we may finally see better quality food in our hospitals. These changes will see hospitals ranked according to the quality and choice of the food they serve. They will hopefully provide some […]
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There is still controversy about the plain packaging of cigarettes, and unit pricing of alcohol, but it seems clear that both measures will be introduced eventually throughout the UK.  But there has been relatively little political discussion of public health since the last election. Andrew Lansley claimed he wanted to be responsible for public health, and would leave the NHS to run itself.  “Tactics will be switched from nannying and legislation to nudges and persuasion”, it was claimed.  There was a lot of talk about Change For Life, which was to be funded by industry, and a promise that the […]
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