Posts tagged “Obesity”

British Soldiers ‘Too Fat’ To Fight

A leaked memo has exposed concerns about rising levels of obesity among British soldiers. The memo from Major Brian Dupree, of the Army physical training corps in Wiltshire, said basic fitness policy 'is not being carried out'. Soliders are expected to complete between 2-3 hours of physical exercise a week, ...

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Sportacus is getting the world’s children exercising

I read an interesting profile on Magnus Scheving at the weekend. Magnus is the creator of LazyTown, the children's TV show which is fast reaching cult-status with global youngsters. For those of you who are not familiar with LazyTown, the show features Sportacus (played by Scheving) whose mission is to get ...

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Massachusetts considers calorie-counting restaurants

'Can I recommend today's special two-course 499 calorie meal' said the aspiring actress-come-waitress at one of Massachusetts finest restaurants. This could be what greets future diners if Massachusetts decide to adopt new measures to curb the state's rising levels obesity. The percentage of Massachusetts adults who were overweight or obese rose ...

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Oklahoma city – going on a diet

It's nothing new to hear about individuals getting together to collectively diet, but for an entire city to be put on one is unusual. However, that is what Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma city has done. Fed up with seeing Oklahoma residents getting larger by the day, he has put the ...

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Can video games fight obesity?

Kinesthetic electronics, where video games integrate with exercise is a fascinating emerging area, with the technology rapidly improving. You can read the article I wrote for Intelligent Life here. So, if we are going to allow children ‘screen time’ with their video games on the condition that exercise is a ...

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Fat dogs don’t lie!

>Weight management can be a chore. Keeping a food diary to track calorie intake is so dull that it makes reality television look compelling. So, how do you know from week-to-week and month-to-month whether your ‘calories in’, is less or equal to your ‘calories out’? If you’re looking for ...

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Medical Tourism

>I was reading an interesting article by Scott Carney -'Medical Refugees Flee to India' on the Wired News web site. A medical refugee is someone without insurance needing medical treatment as distinct from 'medical tourists' who are often travelling for non-urgent, cosmetic procedures. The USA has about 46 million ...

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If you’re obese would you please leave the health club

For those health clubs in the weight loss business, you'd better watch out. The UK firm, Alizyme, has reported good results from trials involving 612 clinically obese patients and its obesity drug, Cetilistat, for diabetics. Patients involved in the trials lost significant amounts of weight and their diabetes became less ...

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We Would Like to Operate, but You’re Too Fat!

An interesting development in policy as the UK National Health Service (NHS) begins to deny hip and knee replacements to people classed as obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more) as reported in the Times this week. The rationale being that lighter patients have better recovery and ...

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Diabetes Death Toll to Soar in Overweight UK

This story caught my eye because of my interest in how the health club industry will look in the future and the role it may be playing in keeping us British fatties, fit and well. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just reported that deaths from diabetes will soar by a ...

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