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Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health when making their New Year […]

NICE wants to limit TV watching

Adults and children should consider having TV free days or limiting viewing to no more than two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) recommendations also include avoiding drinks with added sugar and limiting takeaways. The draft guidance- the first on the subject since 2006, is […]

Obesity is new smoking says NHS boss

Obesity is the new smoking in terms of the impact on health and the cost to the NHS says the head of the NHS. A quarter of adults – up from 15% 20 years ago – and one in five schoolchildren is obese, figures show and the problem is estimated to already cost the NHS […]

Waist to height ratio better than BMI for weight test

Your waist should be no more than half the length of your height- according to experts who claim that having too large a trouser size can dramatically shorten your lifespan.Measuring the ratio of someone’s waist to their height is a better way of predicting their life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), the method widely […]

New food labelling system to start in summer

A new consistent system of front of pack food labelling will be introduced in the summer the UK government has announced.The new food labelling system is a combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and “high, medium or low” wording will be used to show how much fat, salt and sugar and how many calories […]

Drinking red wine may help you lose weight

Drinking red wine could help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite and preventing you from overeating according to new research.Researchers found that when bees were fed resveratrol-  a compound found in red wine, they ate less food afterwards. While bees normally gorge themselves on sugary foods when they are freely available, those which had […]

Weight loss surgery sold as a quick fix for obesity

Weight loss surgery is being sold as a quick fix option to obesity surgeons warn.Firms are using questionable selling techniques including limited period offers, potentially misleading before-and-after photos and celebrity ‘success stories’ to attract clients. Too often patients are not being properly informed of the risks of gastric band and gastric bypass surgery – which […]

Men need to become match fit if they want to be fathers

Men have been warned they need to become ‘match fit’ if they want to be fathers, as a fertility study claims too much attention has been focused on mothers’ weight.While the health risks surrounding obesity and pregnancy have largely been centred on overweight mothers, the focus is now on men to lose weight. Less efficient […]

NHS resorting to surgery to tackle obesity epidemic

The NHS is increasingly resorting to weight loss surgery to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic.Britain’s men and women are amongst the fattest in Europe – with the number of gastric bypass operations rising six fold in just five years. Ministers want to tackle the problem at source- but surgeons say weight loss surgery is extremely effective for […]

Superfoods- scientifically what are they?

Superfoods is yet another ambiguous food phrase to go along with “all-natural,” “no sugar added,” and “no artificial flavours or colours”.But scientifically speaking- what are they? There really are foods that many nutritionists consider superfoods. But these foods won’t come from your nearest take away or the processed, pre-packaged food from the grocery store or […]