Obesity Epidemic

Foodbank Britain: Is Malnutrition The New Normal?

Emma Lewell-Buck | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Lewell-Buck

If Theresa May really wanted to tackle the "burning injustices" in society, sorting out the food epidemic in Britain from soil to plate should have been a priority. Instead, we are left with a Prime Minister who was able to identify and commentate on a social truth, but when given the opportunity to put things right, presented the public with a manifesto that perpetuated injustice, punished the poor and ignored the modern scourge of malnutrition now becoming the norm in 21st Century Britain.

The Epidemic We Can No Longer Ignore

Melanie Purnode | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Melanie Purnode

There's a devastating epidemic spreading across the world that is being ignored by world leaders. One that, since the 1980s, has been spiralling out o...

The Sugary Drinks Tax - The Economic Case for Action

Professor John Wass | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics
Professor John Wass

Any public health measure must always consider the financial impact of action. But it is simply misleading to talk about possible financial impact of a measure without also talking about the economic burden we are already facing. The economic argument for action is huge - £27billion a year. That's why we can't afford not to introduce the soft drinks industry levy.

Healthy Eating: An Easy Guide To Portion Control

Emer Delaney | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

Most of us don't know what an appropriate portion should look like and, following today's article in the BBC, we're under-reporting the amount of calories we eat by almost one-third. Apart from the 80g portion of fruit and vegetables we should eat a day, there are no official UK guidelines on portion sizes. With this in mind, here is my easy guide for understanding portion sizes and it's based on a simple tool - your hand!

The Government's EatWell Guide IS NOT Responsible for Diabetes and Obesity

Emer Delaney | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

I must admit, I get increasingly frustrated with some of the reports I read in our papers these days. Take a recent article that appeared in The Daily...

The Obesity Crisis: A Complex Issue But We Need to Take Responsibility

Emer Delaney | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.

We Need A Global Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Jamie Oliver

Britain has now joined Mexico and France in taxing businesses when they compromise the health of our children. I don't believe it's anti-business. In the UK, kids and teenagers' single largest source of sugar is from sugary sweetened drinks and with one-third of kids overweight or obese, these statistics cannot be taken lightly anymore. Of course, industry totally disagree - what they all agree on is personal responsibility and self-regulation, and look where that got us. The announcement of a sugary drinks tax has sent ripples around the world, especially in countries where they're also struggling with childhood obesity.

Sugar Ain't Sweet Jeremy Hunt

Ben Johns | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Sugar is and will always be a treat, just like a glass of wine or the occasional cigarette but when there are equally bad effects on the health then surely its time that we call a cut on the amount that we consume. It may taste sweet initially, but the long term effects which aren't being showed to us should make you feel bitter.

It's Not Too Much Food That Makes Us Fat, It's Too Much Dieting

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

You may only have thought acute conditions like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating were eating disorders. You'd be wrong. Constant, drastic dieting is not normal behaviour and many experts now consider it is one of the major factors contributing towards the obesity epidemic. A diet is really disordered eating.

No! This is NOT the Answer to the Obesity Crisis

Neil Martin | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Martin

Obesity is not just about being fat. It raises the risk of many health problems including diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. Obesity threatens to have parents outlive their children and there is a very real concern that it could bankrupt the National Health Service (NHS).

Government 'Naive' to Think That Smaller Portions Will Tackle Obesity

Adam Strong | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Strong

Over the past 30 years since Britain entered the information age, technology, computer and machines have now replaced these labor-intensive jobs as an increase demand and efficiency was needed. But this has come at a cost to people's health.

Sugar, Scapegoat or Villain?

Louise Graham | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Graham

Sugar is the latest scapegoat in our fight against obesity. Why? Because we like to find external factors to blame rather than our inability to exert self restraint or improve our eating habits. Sugar inhibits the appetite control mechanisms in the brain which normally stop us eating when we feel full, so if we are to look for a cause, it could be said to fit the bill.

Will a Soft Drinks Tax Solve Britain's Obesity Crisis? Fat Chance

Professor Richard Tiffin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Richard Tiffin

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.

Obesity and Varicose Veins - the Hidden Problem

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eddie Chaloner

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.

Is It Time to Scrap the Kid's Menu?

Amy Leech | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Leech

As a step in the right direction, we're calling for all restaurants, pubs and cafes to give the option of children's portions of adult meals as standard, offered on the menu, not just for those who feel able to ask. we want children to be treated the same, if not better, than adults. It's time for kid's meals to grow up.

Priority Patients?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Patients who can show they live healthy lifestyles by proving how much they exercise and what they buy in their weekly shop should be prioritised for ...

A Healthy Reading List for Those In Power

Sam Feltham | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Sam Feltham

The first MP or chief executive to swallow their pride, admit that we got it wrong and start to improve things will get a healthy hand shake from me along with personal training for life!

'Overweight People Don't 'Fit' My Business'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Former contestant on The Apprentice Katie Hopkins has caused outrage on Twitter after saying that she would not employ someone who was overweight. ...

Reversing the Obesity Epidemic

Sam Feltham | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Feltham

On Monday a report called 'Measuring Up' was released by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which outlined 10 suggestions to the government to help...

Britain's Obesity Epidemic: Are We Addicted to Sugar?

Luke Dale-Harris | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Dale-Harris

Already a quarter of British women and a third of under nine's are clinically obese and by 2050 this figure is predicted to have risen to accommodate over half of all British citizens, a reality our NHS could not support.

Obesity Determined By Genes Not Just Lifestyle

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Genes are largely to blame for bulging waistlines, a study has found. While diet plays a key role in obesity, some people are programmed to get fat...

NHS Obesity Treatment 'Inadequate'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

There is "inadequate" provision to treat obese patients in the NHS, a report suggests. Experts said the healthcare system must adapt to meet the ne...

Are Farmers Making You Fat?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

Farmers may have caused the obesity epidemic by using antibiotics to fatten up livestock, according to a study. Researchers found low exposure to a...

Food For Thought: Is This What Obesity Looks Like? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

If you’ve got a craving for an afternoon calorific chocolate bar or you’re thinking about ordering a greasy takeaway for tonight’s dinner – ta...

Got Milk? How The White Stuff ‘Fights Flab'

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A natural ingredient found in milk could help tackle obesity, as it prevents weight gain by burning fat in the body - even in those who enjoy a high-f...