On their own, simple economic measures aimed at tackling some dimension of an unhealthy lifestyle cannot work. What is needed is a deeper understanding of why some people make unhealthy choices while others do not. These may include poverty and lack of information or education, but they may also include cognitive psychological differences.
Talk of an obesity crisis in the UK is nothing new. We've seen for decades that the number of people outside of the 'healthy weight' parameters is on the rise and medics have been warning of the dangers for years - so is a new approach needed?
Call me a curmudgeon, but I have never been able to fathom the baking craze. Not that I don't hold in high esteem the skill and talent required. But behind this refined, sugary, lardy, high-carb cooking spree that has become our national obsession, all these floury delights and their cheap mass production imitations are making everyone bigger.
How did we become a society where (a) doctors needed to be told to respect their patients, and (b) that the suggestions that fat people deserved respect became so shocking as to be front-page news? But the media were right - this is a story.
Hiring a personal trainer for your child is no longer the privilege of the rich and famous. Either due to busy schedules or simply the notion for turning to the experts, more and more parents these days hire personal trainers to ensure their children enjoy an active lifestyle.
Telling your child they are fat as Katie suggests could be more damaging than educating them about a healthy approach to food. We already live in a world where our bodies are scrutinized from such a young age, this suggested method of parenting only encourages body dysmorphic children.
If you have fed your child into obesity - you are failing your child. If you think not talking about it will make it go away - you are wrong. You need to get your head out of the sand and your kid's head out of the food cupboard.
For overweight people, varicose veins are also more difficult to assess and treat. Vein issues are usually diagnosed by a duplex ultrasound scan - this non-invasive investigation can 'see' under the skin and locate the faulty vein.
Sugar is one of the most dangerous and toxic substances on the planet. It's more addictive than cocaine, it rots teeth and in its various forms and is the direct cause of innumerable modern day diseases.
If you've been adhering to a strict healthy eating and fitness plan for a while but are failing to see the results, it may be time take a look at what is sabotaging your success. From dieting blunders to physical factors, check out the top 10 reasons why you're not losing weight.
No civilized society would tolerate a parent giving its child drugs or cigarettes or alcohol so really what's the difference? However, like drugs every mouthful of this synthetic rubbish people are fooled into thinking is food, contains a handful of chemicals that are at best going to raise 'bad' cholesterol levels, increase diabetes risk, lower immunity, and damage DNA.
By 2050 half of adults in the UK could be obese. It struck me that the adults of 2050 were the babies of today.
Apparently not many do, and I'd like to tell you why. As a weight management practitioner and obesity lecturer of 20 years I have made up my mind on a number of weight-related matters, however they are unlikely to draw any gasps or change the course of history.
After finishing my clinic one morning last week, I couldn't help reflecting on the harm that lifestyle issues had brought to some of the patients I was seeing. I refer of course to alcoholism and obesity and how they can lead to end-stage liver disease, with cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Smoothies! You know those drinks - the ones we encouraged in copious amounts because they are better for us than fizzies (too much sugar) and certainly more fun than plain tap water. And don't they generate sought after health and wellness in just a few sips? That's what I heard anyway.
Calorie counting is not effective for most people - it makes them neurotic, obsessive and prone to extreme behaviours both sides of the line - all and nothing.