Around 3.2million people have Type 2 diabetes and there are 11.5million at high risk of it. Over seven million people across the UK are living with the burden of cardiovascular disease - and every day more than 100 people will have their lives cut short by heart disease and stroke.
I have devoted even more time than normal to reading the array of newspaper and magazines health guides for 2015 - detoxing, exercising and dieting has never been this complicated, costly and time consuming. As someone who has a bad habit of gilding the lily myself, here is a simplified guide to what you should do...
For a start you can throw the calorie counter out of the window if health is the goal. What we are talking here is food that is high in vital vitamins and minerals that allow the body to function properly.
Women I consider to be incredible in their personal and professional lives have admitted to me that they're following some kind of mega-control diet like I was, like not eating in the daytime, or restricting their daily calorie intake to near-starvation levels. Why?
A next day courier and direct debit of £75 later, Goldilocks was sat at the table in her kitchen with six gleaming bottles of juice.
All the scientific research shows that no matter what size you are, diets make you hungry and create powerful cravings for the very things you're trying to avoid. As well as these cravings, dieters feel deprived.
The more you insist on removing, taking away and forbidding, the more your body and mind will crave whatever you have confiscated. You will want it more (and more and more and more.) This will not create a harmonious relationship between your heart and body.
Losing weight is not a one-time effort but you can make it that way by creating a new lifestyle. Just don't become sloppy in your evolution process. Aim at better health and nutrition rather than numbers.
Last year, in the midst of a relapse, I'd just been discharged from NHS services, told that I didn't meet the criteria for outpatient support, despite the fact I desperately needed it. The timing was particularly poor as a number of external events were also affecting my stress levels.
We do not struggle with food because we are broken, we struggle with food because we haven't yet personally understood our own equilibrium. Our relationship with food is dependent on both biological and psychological factors, and we need to discover for ourselves how each of these factors affect us.
So why aren't more people eating it? Raw kale on its own isn't the most appealing and can actually be quite difficult to digest. However, some simple tips to improve its digestibility and how to use it may actually make the transition to including this in your diet much easier.
Now I don't knock Denise's weight loss. The fact that she is feeling better than she has in ages is great - but the truth is Lighter Life is possibly one of the most extreme diets out there. A meal replacement diet, that substitutes food for powdered potions at highly inflated prices is no sensible way to make lifestyle alterations.
Serve however you like - I eat mine by the spoonful. But you could add on top of some banana "ice-cream", on top of muesli or nuts, onto raw desserts, onto some sprouted toast, just however you take you jam you'll want it be as good as this!
I have trained more than my share of Stars from Christina Aguilera to Ozzy Ozbourne, from Mike Tyson to Ricky Hatton and from Judas Priest to Black Sabbath and my main objective, cosmetic reasons aside was to make them strong and healthy.
It may seem shocking that you can be both obese and undernourished, but perhaps it isn't so astonishing if you look at the nutrients in many of our regular snacks. How many nutrients do you get in biscuits, pieces of cake, crisps, fries, pizza, white rice, pasta and bread? Not a whole lot.
Several years ago we were asking the question, "How can a theoretical diet with no scientific basis be so wildly popular?" Today we are asking, "How can a diet proven to have absolutely no scientific basis be so wildly popular?" Since 2013, two important studies have thoroughly debunked the blood type diet.