Category Archives: Obesity

Weighing up carrots and sticks

Guest Blog by Matt James, Senior Researcher at 2020health Overeating and poor diet. Lack of health literacy. Not enough time for exercise and a rise in sedentary lifestyles. These are just some of the reasons often cited for the rise … Continue reading

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Obesity – Victims of our own success?

By Matt James, Senior Researcher at 2020health In the previous blog post we saw how human biology, our new lifestyles and the modern food supply has helped to contribute to the rise in obesity. Addressing the complex interplay of evolutionary, … Continue reading

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Obesity: an evolutionary by product?

As part of national obesity week  2020health is running a series of blogs building on the success of our recent report Careless eating costs lives. The blogs will cover various themes which speak to the obesity challenge the UK currently … Continue reading

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Top 5 Worst Celebrity Diets to Avoid in 2015

In anticipation of our gaining a few pounds over the next few weeks, we are delighted that the BDA has done the ground work and highlighted the diets to avoid come the New Year urge to undo the damage. Here are the … Continue reading

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Obesogenic nation – when will we have a strategy with teeth?

Today’s report on weight-loss surgery is another warning to government on the social, economic and personal costs of obesity. It shows that about 5% of those having surgery are aged 25 years or under and 40% of them were ‘super-obese’, … Continue reading

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Extraordinary confessions, a rare strike and a plan

It’s busy in health news today. There’s the NHS strike over pay –  the BBC’s Norman Smith has just reported (at 7.40am) that “Health sec Jeremy Hunt says will sit down and negotiate with NHS unions if they agree to … Continue reading

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High Five – but where is the COBRA for obesity?

So, the BBC has highlighted the BMJ report that all we need to do is eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, no more, no less. More advice for the public on what they should be doing – … Continue reading

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The NHS can’t stretch to gastric band surgery for all

Baroness Young of Diabetes UK has just been speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in response to the draft advice from NICE that everyone who is obese and has type 2 diabetes (the former often causes the latter) should … Continue reading

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Monday round-up: Obesity, free choice, technology and brains

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP has begun the morning tweeting about obesity apropos her conversation with Dr Hilary Cass, President of the Royal Society of Paediactrics and Child Health on Politics Home. We agree with both of them – stricter planning … Continue reading

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Guest Blogspot: Prevention is better than cure.

The economic consequences of preventing illness are highly complex. Just comparing the costs of prevention with the direct treatment costs that should be avoided is far too simplistic. The true economic impact of preventative measures can often only be assessed … Continue reading

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