It is my view that the days of tea and tissues in the therapy room have to go when it comes to helping a fat client lose weight. The vast majority of clients are fat because they have fallen into lazy ways, developed bad habits, and become addicted to food. It is for this reason that a client needs a firm hand.
In a survey for the thinktank, 44 per cent of those who are obese said they had no concerns about serious illness due to their weight. But let us be clear: being obese increases a person's chances of, among other things, heart disease, some types of cancer and stroke. That is why, as a nation, we must get more active.
Critically, children of both genders from lower income households are less likely to take part in sport. The report shows that children from lower income households are less likely to take part in formal sports activities such as organised team games of rugby, cricket or netball, swimming, gymnastics, aerobics and tennis.
Sometimes people are just fat and happy - which is the sort of people Sally is most frightened of; those of us that stick two chubby fingers up to a world obsessed with the scrutiny of women's bodies, diets that promote starvation techniques and the idea that thinness is somehow related to successfulness. Obesity isn't curable if you don't want curing.
You might not even realise it, but junk food marketers sneak unhealthy products into our homes every day. How? They find a way in through our TV screens, laptops, and smartphones.
Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, energy drinks, flavoured lattes, or plain old sugary tea and coffee; drink these regularly and don't be too surprised if you are carrying excess weight. Looking for a painless way to shrink your muffin top? Ditch the liquid calories and start drinking zero energy water (that's the stuff that comes free out of the tap).
March 17th marked the opening of the 12th International Congress on Obesity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To get the conference off to a good start, the organisers - The World Obesity Federation - decided to put their money where their mouth was and turn off the escalators in the conference centre. If only they'd put their brains there instead.
Takeaways are part of this debate because we're eating more of our food outside the home than we used to - one in six meals and between 20% and 25% of calories come from eating out - and takeaway foods are a popular, but often unhealthy choice, because they tend to be high in salt and saturated fat and high in calories per gramme of food.
In the last ten years governments around the globe launched huge campaigns against the tobacco industry and rightly so. Holding a cigarette in the United States became such a taboo; you might as well be holding a gun instead! Sugar has become the new tobacco killer and governments have done very little, if anything at all, to tackle this problem. Why?
We should ask ourselves what would be the most effective way of cutting down our sugar intake: taxing people who buy processed convenience food and drink gallons of Coca Cola or passing laws which would force food manufacturers to cut down on the hidden sugar they sell to us?
The figures in my clinic reflect a growing desire to get weight under control, and for us to inform ourselves at a better level on exactly what a balanced, healthy diet looks like. Then hidden sugars in food can make this a frustrating and difficult process...
Stop turning to sugary, fatty foods or alcohol to cheer yourself up. Try finding value in all that life throws at you. It boosts self esteem and makes you less inclined to want to fill your body with mood enhancing foods. Even your dieting hunger pangs can be seen as having an upside - they are an encouraging sign that you are losing weight, so do not rush to stifle them.
The only diets that have been proven effective for long term weight loss focus on higher amounts of protein and vegetables, and limit carbohydrates to those that are harder to digest. Current government nutritional recommendations for a healthy diet are for 15% of your calories to come from protein, 35% from fat and 50% from carbs.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) was the biggest cause of death in England, accounting for nearly 60,000 of the total 466,800 deaths in 2012 (about one in seven deaths in men and one in ten deaths in women). And it's the top cause of death for people under the age of 75. Most of the risk of heart attack is down to a few risk factors that are potentially modifiable...
Almost two thirds of UK adults are obese or overweight, so says a new survey by Public Health England (PHE). PHE, whose mission is to protect and improve the nation's health and to address inequalities, points out that there are 19 district local authorities with more than 70% of population obese or overweight.
Short term faddy diets are not the answer. They almost always lead to rebound weight gain because your appetite remains raised until you have maintained your new lower weight for at least six months. The key to becoming slimmer is to adopt a lifestyle diet that helps you permanently change your eating habits.