Health conditions associated with obesity in children nearly double in only five years
Extending the sugar tax is the government's response to increases in hospital admissions for potentially fatal conditions
including asthma, sleep apnoea, type 2 diabetes in under 18 year olds.
250 million obese children worldwide predicted in 10 years time
Greatest risk for those in developing countries according to the World Obesity Federation.
International Diabetes Federation predicts rise to 600 million type 2 adult diabetics by 2045
Obesity increases the risk of developing the disease 5.8 fold compared to those with a body mass index under 30.
Obesity now the number one cause of liver disease in Europe.
Seville hosts this years summit to consider the consequences of high-calorie diets that lead to cirrosis and cancer of the liver.
Is fat shaming a good way to reduce obesity?
While recognising the huge risk to health obesity represents, the British Psychological society suggest alternative strategies to help tackle the epidemic.
Increased risk of chronic diarrhea linked to obesity
For the first time, susceptibility to problem bowel habits have been linked specifically to excess weight rather than diet or exercise.
Almost six fold increase in diabetes risk for obese individuals compared with those of normal weight.
Risk of type 2 diabetes increases significantly irrespective of lifestile or genetics for those who are typically around 3 stone or more overweight.
The medical profession are a reflection of the wider population regarding weight prejudice.
Further evidence that those with obesity continue to be stigmatised and sometime even dehumanised because of excess weight.
Taxing sugary snacks could reduce obesity more effectively than targeting high calorie drinks.
Modelling by researchers at UK universities suggests that a 20% price increase in the cost of high sugar snacks might reduce annual energy intake corresponding to over 3 pounds in weight in the first year of operation. Enough for a 3% reduction in UK obesity levels.
This is over 6 times the equivalent reduction predicted from targeting sweetened drinks alone and would benefit the majority who prefer chocolate to sugary drinks.
In their desire to set an example to patients nurses respond to 'We Active Challenge'.
Now in its fifth year, with ever increasing activity on online including Twitter 'We Active Challenge aims to encourage support for groups and individuals in the nursing profession to take responsibility for their health and set an example to others.
Further evidence that obesity in the young increases the risk of weight associated diseases later in life.
Obesity in early years is a strong indicator of problems with excess weight throughout life.
Public Health England assesses initial trials of ‘Whole Systems Approach’ to childhood obesity.
Out of concern for the health and wellbeing and in recognition of the ever increasing burden being placed on the NHS, Public Health England report on trial studies using a ‘six phase, whole systems approach’ to tackling childhood obesity.
Supermarket multi-buy deals to blame for obesity according to Scottish parents
Most adults find it difficult to resist buying multi-buy offers of high fat/sugar for their children and this increases their risk of weight problems throughout later life.
Sugar content in confectionary on the increase.
So far there’s no evidence that manufacturers are adhering to Government proposals to reduce the sugar levels in chocolate bars by a fifth in 2020. In fact, quite the contrary....
Campaign to ban multi-buy deals on products high in fat, sugar or salt.
Mindful of the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity charities and health groups present proposals to the Scottish government.
New way of measuring how much fat you're carrying.
Body Mass Index is the most widely used formula to compare the weight of individuals while taking into account their height. It's supposed to be fair for everyone but fails to account for those carrying a significant amount of muscle. Now the Abdominal Obesity Index (ABOI), which is claimed to more accurately measure excess fat, is gaining popularity.
Number of food outlets passed on the way to work linked to obesity
Further evidence found that dietary choices are impacted significantly by an obesogenic environment. Supermarkets as well as fast food outlets offering quick solutions for snacks and meals.
Weight gain and increased risk of serious disease
Analysis of the health outcomes of over 300,000 people indicates a strong correlation between life changing conditions including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Hard wired desire for sugar
Addictive and ubiquitous, reducing sugar intake by switching to low calorie sweeteners could lower energy intake by as much as 10%.
Combat genetic obesity predisposition through exercise
Benefit from recommended exercises linked to reduced weight maintenance especially those disadvantaged by obesogenic genetic factors.
Higher levels of gratification while eating linked to weight gain.
In circumstances where resources are unlimited, the degree to which the experience of eating is pleasurable may vary and therefore impact on weight maintenance.