Weight Loss/Obesity - Continued Page 2

Obesity and heart attacks on the rise. We have now got an epidemic of obesity. When we compare the UK to other countries of Europe, we are the obesity capitol of Europe. 27% of men are obese compared to 21% in European countries. 29% of woman are obese compared to 22%. Were also second worse at exercising. Were terrible on heavy drinking rates and high cholesterol rates. High salts and high fats and its going to get worse. Obesity is the second largest cause of death after smoking. We are doing good. We have one of the lowest smoking rates in Europe, and good at controlling blood pressure. Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

Loneliness. In technological terms, we are more connected to each other than ever before, but still, loneliness is a huge problem. Loneliness is a public health issue. The negative effects of loneliness outweigh the negative effects of not taking exercise, of obesity, and are equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  BBC World Service: Health Check.

A third of obese patients who were sent to weight-watchers by a GP to prevent diabetes, saw their blood sugar levels return to normal. In some of the first evidence from the NHS, that such schemes can prevent serous illness. A key is good diet and exercise. Presenter Steve Wright: Radio 2.

NHS England has announced a ban on selling super-sized chocolates in hospitals. It's part of their drive against obesity. It set a 250 calories limit on sweets sold in canteen, shops and vending machines. Hospitals will get extra funding if they comply. BBC Radio London News.

We know 90% of obese children will become obese as adults. It's not because you've been a bad parent, but its pretty important to recognise it - to try and nip it in the bud by portion control by healthy eating, stopping the snacks and making sure they get out and exercise every day, much as you would do a family pet. When you've fed your pet dog for the day, with the amount recommended for that day, and they start barking, you don't automatically give them food. But we think if a baby cries we must feed them, but it's not necessarily the case. There's no doubt that the solution relies on the parents and the caregivers because we can't wait with our own children until governments and our society get there act together. Look online or ask a health professional to see if your child's in the right range or not. Family Doctor: Ann Robinson. BBC World Service: Health Check.

For most of the last century when it came to nutrition, the main problem around the world was people not having enough food. Now there's another issue, while some still suffer from under nutrition, others are eating too much of the wrong sorts of food, and not getting enough exercise, The result is obesity. We've known for a while the problem  is getting worse. Now the largest analysis ever conducted, covering 200 countries and just published in the Lancet shows that 124 million boys and girls around the globe are now classified as obese. Claudia Hammond. BBC World Service: Health Check.

A daily cup of green tea changes the way the body breaks down fat and could help in shedding the pounds. Drinking black tea changes bacteria in the gut. The percentage of bacteria associated with obesity decreased, while those associated with lean body mass increased. It was known that green tea polyphenols are more effective and offer more health benefits than black tea polyphenols since green tea chemicals are absorbed into the blood and tissue. Daily Express.

There is a diverse community of microbes living in and on every one of us. We even have a name for it - our micro-bio. As we grow, it grows with us. The foods we eat, the places we visit, and the people we interact with, Each new experience shapes our micro-bio. It's as individual to us as our fingerprints. We have thousands of species of bacteria living on our skin, with up to a million individual bacteria per square centimetre. In some places, it's even more than that. One study identified over a thousand bacterial species previously unknown to science simply by swabbing peoples belly buttons. It's not just on our skin, in our digestive tract, we have trillions of bacteria. Studies have shown that an imbalance in our gut bacteria can have a huge effect on the workings of our bodies. Obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease have all been linked to a poor micro-bio. It may even affect our mood causing depression. If we're to grow and thrive, a health micro-bio is essential. The Human Body: Secrets of Our Life. BBC2.

GPs told to send obese for cookery lessons. GPS must urgently refer almost 2 million overweight people for NHS cooking and exercise classes under official guidelines published today. Everyone over 40 should have a blood test to identify whether unhealthy eating has damaged their metabolism. The Times.

A report published by the public health England suggest alcohol and obesity are increasing rates of liver disease among younger people. Figures show the avoidable death rate from the disease is 8 times higher in Blackpool than in South Norfolk where the rate is lowest. BBC News.

A big study involving 1.2 million people over 30 had a heart which was actually 10 years older than their actual age. 64% of men had older hearts and 36% were women. The obvious reasons are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and then life style, obesity, inactivity, smoking and alcohol. If you change your lifestyle, you can rejuvenate your heart.  Dr Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

School anti-obesity initiatives don't make children thinner or more active, a new study shows. Councils spend millions every year on health education drives aimed at making pupils exercise and eat more healthily. The Institute of health research trial said, the depressing answer is that it made no difference. Daily Mail.

People who work night shifts are struggling to shift weight. Body fat needs a regular night-day rhythm to stay responsive. Researchers in Texas, U.S tested mice on a high-fat diet on different schedules, they found those who were awake during the day burned fat easier, those who were up at night had poorer expression of key fat-burning protein and are more likely to be obese and develop conditions like diabetes. Daily Mail.

For the vast majority of people with Type 2 diabetic, it's to do with being overweight or obese. and the excess fat tissue in the body blunts the effective hormone called insulin which normally keeps our sugar levels controlled, so when you've got excess fat tissues there,  the insulin doesn't work properly, sugar levels rise and that's diabetes.  if they can reduce sugar and carbohydrate in their diet and if they can trim some weight down,  it doesn't need to be getting down to an ideal weight, it could be as little as 5% of body mass lost, they'll actually find their not diabetic. BBC Radio 4. Inside Science.

If you get the right things into your gut, you can improve peoples health. The claims are huge and some of the evidence is suggesting it might have a role in everything from allergies to mental health, from obesity to diabetes. James Gallagher. Health and science reporter. BBC World Service: Health Check.

There's a 'warning about inactivity among middle-age people' today with more than 6 million English adults failing to complete a ten minute brisk walk in a month. Officials at public health England found people tend to become inactive when they become 40, putting them at risk of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Of those age 40 - 60, do not do 10 minutes walking a month. The risk of premature death is reduced by 15% from a 10 minute 'brisk' walk a day. Sky News.

Obese woman. Compared to men, a woman whose feeling vulnerable is more likely to eat, or over eat than gamble, drink heavily or be violent. Exercising, going for a walk, and getting fresh air to release natural endorphins, the sort of good feeling and happy feelings you get from comfort food. Woman's Hour. BBC Radio 4.

There is pretty consistent evidence now that those people who are 'obese' have a 30% increase of developing bowel cancer. People with high insulin levels is associated with a 60% increase in developing bowel cancer. Dr Neil Murphy. Cancer Epidemiologist. The Truth About Cancer. BBC World Service.

Dieters who use 'artificial sweeteners' may actually be making themselves fat. University of Manitoba said Apartame, sucralose and stevioside paradoxically cause long-term weight gain and increase obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Metro News.

Tall men and the obese' run a greater risk of dying from cancer. The chance of getting an aggressive form of the disease rise 21% for every additional 10 cm height. And the risk increases by 13% for every extra 10 cm of waist size, a team at Oxford University found. Daily mirror.

If the NHS funded 'weight loss surgery' for everyone whose obese, it would cost 5 billion pounds. 5 billion pounds can either run maternity services across England for 2 years. Fund arthritis related treatments for 10 million people, or employ nurses in acute wards for 1 year. Narrator. NHS 2 Billion a Week. London Live.

We have this terrible attitude towards 'obesity' here in the UK, it's all your fault, why do you deserve treatment, and we must not be like that because obesity is so complex. The food industry is also responsible for the obesity crisis. GP Dr Ellie Cannon. NHS - 2 Billion a Week. London Live.

'Bed Sores' effect half a million people in the UK every year. It's not just the elderly, bed-bound or overweight people who get them. Wheelchair users, underweight people, and long term hospital patients are all at risk. Prevention is easier than the cure.  Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

Studies on 300 babies 'eating habits' showed that babies who were 'spoon fed' were more likely to be obese. 20% of Spoon fed babies were overweight by the age of 2. Only 8% of 'self fed babies were over weight because they stopped eating when full. They were also trimmer, healthier and more adventurous eaters. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning.

100.000 people get 'strokes' in the UK every year and many of them we are told are preventable. Jeremy Vine. Radio 2. Strokes can be inherited, but the sort of lifestyle that gives you a heart attack or stroke is mostly because of our tendency to accumulate weight around our tummies, to be overweight, too much stress, not to exercise or eat correctly, and to have too much salt. I would buy a blood pressure monitor and keep an eye on your levels. If in doubt, see your pharmacist or doctor. GP. Dr Sarah Jarvis. Radio 2.

The global percentage of people with diabetes has more than doubled to 9%. Obesity is no longer an issue that effects only wealthy countries. It's a global issue. By 2025, 1 in 5 adults will be clinically obese. World Health Organisation. WHO.

Samoa and neighbouring American Samoans has the highest rate of obesity and diabetics in the World. 93% are over weight. Unreported World CH4.

Being overweight greatly increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. 68 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women in the UK are overweight. GP Sarah Jarvis: Radio 2.

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