Obesity

The reason I’m bringing you these links is to highlight the constant stream of confusing information about health matters that appears in the media.

Every week a new medical study or survey arrives with the results reported as being both good and bad for your health. With so much confusion around, how is one expected to change anything for the better?

My aim is to improve this situation by helping you to obtain the knowledge that you need to achieve your own health and fitness goals.

Overweight women struggle to conceive ‘because of fatty ovaries’

Animal embryos created from fat-exposed eggs had fewer cells. It could explain why it is harder for heavier women to become pregnant, say University of Antwerp scientists.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2027327/Overweight-women-struggle-conceive-fatty-ovaries.html

Soaring obesity levels means NHS is now spending 8% of its entire medicines bill treating diabetes

Most of the rise – which costs the NHS £725million a year – is down to the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2029566/Obesity-NHS-spending-8-total-medicines-treating-diabetes.html

Patients ‘too fat for ambulances’

Some patients are getting so fat that ambulance bosses are having to revamp their fleets to cope, the BBC has learned.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12287880

One in 10 of world’s adults obese

One in 10 adults worldwide is obese, according to a new study which shows that the prevalence of obesity has almost doubled since 1980.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12357385

Obese maternity care risk warning

Maternity services for obese women are not good enough and may be putting mothers-to-be at risk, experts warn.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/health/8574818.stm

Warning for obese mothers-to-be

Obesity levels among pregnant women have reached epidemic levels, putting the health of their babies at risk, experts say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10781031

Expectant mothers: ’5% are obese’

Some 5% of all pregnant women in the UK are severely obese, putting themselves and their babies at increased risk, according to a new study.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11928327

Obese women ‘twice as likely to lose baby in first year’

Researchers examined 40,000 pregnancies at maternity units throughout the North East. They found infant mortality rates were twice as high for obese mothers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1373937/Obese-women-twice-likely-lose-baby-year.html

Report shows the proportion of newly pregnant women who are rated as obese has more than doubled from seven per cent to 15 per cent in the past 20 years.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1372937/Obesity-surge-conceiving-women-puts-100-000-babies-risk-later-life.html

Overweight women struggle to conceive ‘because of fatty ovaries’

Animal embryos created from fat-exposed eggs had fewer cells. It could explain why it is harder for heavier women to become pregnant, say University of Antwerp scientists.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2027327/Overweight-women-struggle-conceive-fatty-ovaries.html

Expectant mothers: ’5% are obese’

Some 5% of all pregnant women in the UK are severely obese, putting themselves and their babies at increased risk, according to a new study.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11928327

Fat ‘top breast cancer driver’

Obesity is now the biggest driving force behind the most common form of breast cancer in older women, say researchers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14202383

Nearly half of UK men ‘will be obese by 2030’ and women won’t be far behind

According to British and American experts . an extra 11million Britons will be clinically obese – so fat it risks their health – taking the total to 26million by 2030

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2030271/Nearly-half-UK-men-obese-2030-women-wont-far-behind.html

‘Tough action’ needed on obesity

Tougher action is needed by governments across the world if the obesity crisis is going to be tackled, experts say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14669203

Fat ‘top breast cancer driver’

Obesity is now the biggest driving force behind the most common form of breast cancer in older women, say researchers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14202383

Snacking clue to obesity epidemic

Weight loss efforts should focus on stopping snacking and eating smaller meals rather than calorie counting, say US researchers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13948071

Overweight patients ‘dying because NHS is poorly prepared for obesity epidemic’

Bigger trolleys, beds and wheelchairs are needed – with more than half of women and almost two-thirds of men likely to be obese by 2050, according to estimates.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2018682/Overweight-patients-dying-NHS-poorly-prepared-obesity-epidemic.html

Obese mother ‘killed unborn daughter after gastric bypass starved her of nutrition in the womb’

Holly Emms, 25, from Uxbridge, weighed 18st when she underwent stomach surgery on the NHS. But she said she didn’t realise she was four weeks pregnant as she was on the pill.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2040429/Gastric-bypass-Holly-Emms-killed-unborn-daughter-surgery-starved-nutrition.html

Diabetes rises by 50% in five years fuelled by soaring levels of obesity

Some three million adults and children now have the condition, after an increase of more than 117,000 in the past 12 months alone, the Diabetes UK charity warns.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2053908/Diabetes-rises-50-years-fuelled-soaring-levels-obesity.html

Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have found how obesity drives insulin resistance, the condition that may lead to type 2 diabetes

http://toi.in/rRERQY

Obesity harms more teenage girls than boys

According to researchers from the University of California obese girls are nine times more likely to develop the condition, known as the ‘silent killer’, compared to their peers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2049998/Obesity-harms-teenage-girls-boys.html

Public ‘in denial about diets’

People need to be more honest about how much they eat and drink if obesity levels are to be cut, ministers say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15289625

Just eat less! Minister comes under attack from health campaigners after taking common-sense approach to slashing obesity by 2020

Andrew Lansley made the remark, which many would see as common sense, as he outlined the Government’s strategy to tackle England’s soaring obesity levels.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2048738/Just-eat-Lansleys-plan-tackle-obesity-blasted-woefully-inadequate-health-campaigners.html

£13,000 stretchers and £108,000 ‘fat-friendly’ ambulances: The rising costs of caring for obese patients in Britain

The ambulance service for Yorkshire has spent nearly £10million on specialist vehicles to transport obese patients since 2006 and £82,000 on six wide stretchers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2039100/13-000-stretchers-10m-ambulances-The-rising-cost-Britains-obese-patients.html

Most nations ‘miss health goals’

Researchers say just nine of 137 developing countries will achieve ambitious targets to improve the health of women and children.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14974145

Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause

A series of reports in The Lancet lays out the reasons why the number of overweight Americans began skyrocketing in the 1970s, and how the problem can be brought under control.

http://nyti.ms/p5u01R

It’s not just baby fat: Bigger babies ARE more likely to become obese

Researchers found the child growth charts doctors use at check-ups can predict their risk of becoming obese, according to a study from the Children’s Hospital Boston.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2058546/Bigger-babies-ARE-likely-obese-Its-just-baby-fat.html