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Latest News From Around the World

Celebs being 'shamed' for losing weight

9th July 2021 - Sometimes, you just can't please everyone all of the time. In this story from the New York Post, various celebrities are claiming that after being mocked for being overweight, they're now being criticised for shedding the extra pounds.

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Mouth-locking device faces backlash

12th July 2021 - In an interesting twist to the article below, some medical experts are now calling the DentalSlim Diet Control device dangerous, claiming it could lead to eating disorders.

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Locking your mouth shut to lose weight - Is it too extreme?

28th June 2021 - The DentalSlim Diet Control device uses magnets to 'lock' your mouth shut whilst only allowing a 2mm gap for talking and consuming liquid food.

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Useful information about food portion sizes and weight loss

7th June 2021 - This article discusses the benefits of being mindful about food portion sizes which can be helpful for many things not just losing weight.

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Can Skipping Meals help with weight loss?

7th June 2021 - This article discusses the pros and cons of skipping meals with regard to weight loss..

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Tasty summer drinks that that can help with weight loss

5th June 2021 - Some great recipes for refreshing healthy drinks here that can help with losing weight and cleanse the body.

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Can you be both 'skinny' and 'fat' at the same time?

18th May 2021 - If you think this sounds like a bit of a contradiction, watch the short video in the link to find out about "normal weight obesity", otherwise known as "skinny fat".

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Heartwarming story of mum's joy at being able to fasten her plane seatbelt

4th May 2021 - Read this heartwarming and inspirational article in the Burnley Express that tells the story of Toni Stowe's joy after realising that she could finally fasten her seatbelt on a plane after shedding 7st.

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Can snacking on nuts actually help you lose weight?

30th April 2021 - We almost always see nuts as a big no-no when it comes to losing weight, but is this accurate? Here, you can read the results of a recent scientific study that looked at the differences between snacking on tree nuts to eating refined carbohydrate pretzel snacks. If you don't have time to read the full study, the title of the paper will give you a good idea of the results.

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Myths surrounding fat and muscle weight gain

25th April 2021 - Fat and muscle are very different when it comes to weight loss and gain. This article takes a closer look at both and identifies some common misconceptions.

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Do you carry excess belly fat?

22nd April 2021 - Even if your BMI is within normal ranges but you carry excess belly fat, you are at a greater risk of developing heart disease according to this recent study.

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Have you put on weight during lockdown?

22nd April 2021 - Weight gain during the pandemic is a serious concern for many and studies are now showing that this is certainly a widespread issue. This article looks at ways to regain your pre-pandemic weight and get back to being a healthier you.

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Are you offended by the terms BMI or Body Mass Index?

9th April 2021 - According to some MPs, using the BMI scale can fuel eating disorders on both ends of the weight spectrum and can be deemed offensive. Read the curious story here.

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Can eating dates help you lose weight?

23rd March 2021 - Many people say that dates are delicious and nutritious, but are they good or bad in terms of trying to lose weight? This article explores some of the science behind it.

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Tips to lose weight for all you 30-somethings

15th March 2021 - For those of you who are in your 30s, this article lays out 20 useful ways to assist in weight loss... including saying "no" to most diets!

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An apple a day...

28th February 2021 - Not only are they supposed to keep the doctor away but, according to this article, there are six other good reasons for incorporating apples into your daily diet.

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How your weight can affect fertility and pregnancy

23rd February 2021 - Information regarding weight loss and slimming mainly focuses on common topics such as diet, exercise etc. so it's refreshing to see the subject of how it can affect fertility and pregnancy being discussed.

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Always read the label...

7th February 2021 - Most of us are aware of foods that are obviously high in fat e.g. chips, pastry etc. but you may be surprised by some of the other types of food and drink that can unexpectedly lead to weight gain. Having a quick glance at the label beforehand is a great way to avoid a nasty surprise!

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Is sleeping related to weight loss?

29th January 2021 - Most people only consider things like diet, calories and exercise when it comes to losing weight. However, sleeping can play a part too. Read more about the science behind it here.

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Does your pet need to lose weight?

30th January 2021 - It's not just us humans who are prone to putting on a few pounds, our pets can too. If you're thinking of putting your pet through a weight loss regime, here are a few tips to get you started.

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Important things to bear in mind when making a salad

31st January 2021 - If you thought that eating lots of salads was an easy and straightforward way to lose weight and get healthier, you may have missed a few of the common mistakes highlighted in this article in the Indian Times.

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Boris Johnson describes himself as the "living embodiment of the risks of obesity"

20th January 2021 - The PM made the comment while addressing a question in Parliament concerning the possible banning of online adverts that promote junk food.

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The impact of 'lockdown' on obesity and general health.

19th January 2021 - With more people than ever stuck at home, this article contains tips on staying healthy and managing your daily regime.

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Number of hospital admissions related to obesity continues to rise

Government considers measures including restricting special offers for unhealthy food and increasing resources for bariatric surgery.

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Significantly increased risk from COVID-19 even in patients with only mild obesity

Italian data used to correlate excess weight and risk from the virus.

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Evidence from around the world confirms excess weight increases the chance of a poor outcome with COVID-19

in response to the pandemic, numerous government interventions to reduce the prevalence of obesity are now on the table.

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University College London finds increased risk of dementia associated with obesity.

A study involving 6500 overweight individuals have up to 39% more chance of developing dementia in later life.

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NHS digital publication concerning excess weight and obesity in adults and children

Published in December 2019, complete UK statistical information for 2018 based on age, sex and region considering weight and waist circumference.

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Moves to influence government policy regarding food labelling to improve diet.

Highlighting the link between obesity caused by high sugar and salt intake and the risk from Covid-19.

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COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on childhood obesity.

Weight gain from increased consumption and reduced activity were recorded in a study that also warns of the link with excess weight later in life.

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From cancer to cardiovascular disease, eight ways that mortality increases with obesity.

A brief summary of lethal conditions that are more commonplace for those who are overweight.

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Appetite suppressants have a role maintaining weight loss after bariatric surgery.

Phentermine and Topiramate named as useful long term adjuncts to prevent weight gain after surgical interventions.

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Evidence of increased risk from COVIS-19 with BMI over 40 mounts.

Statistics provided from studies in China, USA and France.

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Corrolation between coronavirus severity and obesity under investigation in the UK.

The World Health Organisation has ranked the UK third highest in Europe for the prevalence of obesity and possibly the cause of the high death rate.

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Novel trial using weighted vests found to assist weight loss.

Small Swedish study using two versions of an undergarment to be worn for 12 hours a day tests our tendency to maintain a particular body weight.

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Statistical analysis of New York's COVID-19 hospital admission rate reveals obesity is a significant risk factor

With an obesity rate of 42% the risk to US citizens from COVID-19 is of particular concern because it is appears to be second only to advanced age as an indicator of hospitalisation.

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Concern grows that lockdown might be contributing to increased calorie intake

Increased boredom and unhappiness resulting from special measures are causing many of us to resort to emotional eating patterns

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Australian study links obesity to knee replacement operations earlier in life

Analysis of 40,000 patient records indicate that obesity leads to knee replacement surgery on average 8 years earlier than normal weight patients.

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3 out of 4 people with obesity claim to have been denied dignity and respect in a healthcare setting.

Dr Stuart Flint comments in 'The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology' for World Obesity Day

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BMI statistics may underestimate long term risks to health from excess body fat.

Lack of fitness, ethnicity and age can, in various ways, undermine our reliance on Body Mass Index as an indicator of long term risks to health.

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Obesity now causing to an estimated 4,000,000 premature worldwide deaths annually

Besides mortality, the World Bank report considers the increasingly detrimental effects on productivity and healthcare costs.

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Unilever responds to child obesity concerns expessed by the World Health Organisation

Umbrella company, associated with multiple household brands names, announces child advertising hiatus.

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The limitations of Body Mass Index (BMI) as a marker for obesity

An emphasis on fat distribution using measurements for waist circumference helps address BMI shortcomings.

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Swedish Study links recurrent heart attacks to abdominal obesity

Cardiovascular incidents of 22,000 participants were corrolated with statistical information, including waist measurement over a period of four years.

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Twin approach of traffic light system and higher taxes to target obesity in Spain.

To reduce the drift away from the famed mediterranean diet, measures are being introduced to keep a younger generation on the path to longevity.

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NHS Initiative helps 90,000 participants lose an average of 5 pounds

Encouraging start to a joined up approach combining exercise with nutrition and cooking advice.

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Obesity linked to 12% increase in all types of Cancer

Danish 40 year study compared cancer incidents of general population with those formally diagnosed as obese.

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Voluntary removal of cartoons from cereal packages gathers pace as Asda emulates Lidl

Changes made after pressure from campaigners concerned about the persuasive effect of cute illustrations to sell high sugar products correlated with childhood obesity.

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Increased greenhouse gas emissions a consequence of Obesity

CO2 is emmited as a by-product of metabolism and for a given level of activity, heavier people breathe out more. Emissions are also elevated via the production and transportation of the increased amounts of food consumed.

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Fire services called upon to lift obese patients into ambulances more than 2,000 times in 3 years.

Overall annual cost of obesity increases to £24bn.

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Obesity linked to increased risk of dementia.

Contrary to previous short term findings, a large, long term study finds that poor diet, weight loss and relative inactivity are not the primary causes of an increased dementia risk later in life.

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Excess weight and sedentary lifestyles increase risk of chronic illness for the majority.

NHS report highlights incidents of bowel and kidney cancer, due to weight gain and inactivity, now far exceeds cases caused by smoking.

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Obesity numbers continue to rise

Health service for England estimates 13 million obese over 16 year olds compared to less than 7 million 20 years ago.

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Diabetes drugs now cost the NHS over billion pounds every year.

Obesity related conditions drives hospital admissions to over 1 million p.a.

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The cost of treatments for diabetes surpasses £1,000,000 per year: a 50% increase in 10 years

Risk of diabetes increases with weight and nearly two thirds of the UK population are now overweight or obese.

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Rapid increase in cases of liver cancer and rise in obesity a factor

Difficult to spot in the early stages of the disease, liver cancer UK diagnosis currently stands at nearly 6,000 cases every year.

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In some respects overeating has the hallmarks of addiction

Widely recognised markers associated with personality traits and addictive tendences are matched to behavioural aspects that lead to obesity.

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Gender differences found in incidences of obesity related conditions

Women are more predisposed to suffer from diabetes while men have an increased risk of lung and kidney diseases

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Obesity might be responsible for rise in cases of pancreatic cancer worldwide

A 10% increase in mortalty rates from deadly pancreatic cancer in 2017 compared with 1990 announced at United European Gastroenterology meeting in Barcelona

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Australian study finds traces of fatty tissue in lungs

Researchers find possible cause of corrolation between obesity and asthma.

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Prevalence of obesity in 10-11 year olds unsurpassed

Huge study finds that a fifth of children in their final year at primary school are obese.

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Childhood Obesity: More needs to be done

In her final report, Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies submits proposals for curbing the growing child obesity problem.

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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.

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250 million obese children worldwide predicted in 10 years time

Greatest risk for those in developing countries according to the World Obesity Federation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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Combat genetic obesity predisposition through exercise

Benefit from recommended exercises linked to reduced weight maintenance especially those disadvantaged by obesogenic genetic factors.

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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.

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