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Being overweight is seen as normal

Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer has been increasingly vocal about the subject of obesity.  Her comments yesterday certainly made the headlines again yesterday. Her annual report on the state of health in the UK was published yesterday with the fashion industry coming in for strong criticism.  Indeed the biggest headline grabber, was the use … Read moreBeing overweight is seen as normal

UK study reveals link between active Mums and active Children

A new study conducted with over 500 Mums across Britain has been published in Pediatrics, and reveals that the more active a mother is, the more physically active her child will be. As part of the study, 554 four-year-olds and their mothers wore a heart-rate monitor and accelerometer on their chests, for up to seven days. The … Read moreUK study reveals link between active Mums and active Children

Are you considering a health and wellbeing strategy?

In terms of productivity, the UK employment market is behind many of our European neighbours such as France and Germany.  Whilst some of this is attributable to factors such as investment and innovation, there is another serious factor to UK growth – the British workforce is not healthy enough to make the necessary improvements in … Read moreAre you considering a health and wellbeing strategy?

4 in 10 people do not think skin cancer in deadly

A new poll has revealed a worrying gap in the knowledge of skin cancer that, four in ten people do not think skin cancer in deadly.  Also over half of people do not think the most deadly form of the cancer can spread. Skin cancer affects 100,000 people each year and this apparent public ‘ignorance’ over the dangers has … Read more4 in 10 people do not think skin cancer in deadly

Swapping butter for Sunflower Spread may not lower heart risk

The UK’s leading Heart Charity, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), have released some surprising research that would indicate that the current guidance on saturated fat is “unclear.” The research compiled data from 72 studies and revealed that contrary to the current guidance, there isn’t any evidence that changing the type of fat you eat from … Read moreSwapping butter for Sunflower Spread may not lower heart risk

New dangers highlighted for light drinkers during pregnancy

New research released taken from over 1,200 pregnant women in Leeds has revealed that drinking over the two units limit doubles the risk of premature birth, and even drinking at the limit increases the risk. This study adds to the long held debate over whether it is safe to drink at all during pregnancy. The NHS … Read moreNew dangers highlighted for light drinkers during pregnancy

Employees in the UK amongst the most stressed in Europe

A new report from Totaljobs reveals that employees in the UK suffer more stress than their counterparts in Europe. In the report, 13% of UK staff reported feeling no stress and consider themselves to be ‘on top of their work’.  The figure does not compare favourably to the European average of 42%. The least stressed … Read moreEmployees in the UK amongst the most stressed in Europe

World Health Organization: Cut your daily sugar intake by half!

The World Health Organization have issued new guidance stating that people will be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet. The recommended sugar intake will stay at below 10% of total calorie intake a day, with 5% the target, says the WHO.  The limits will apply to all sugars – those that are added … Read moreWorld Health Organization: Cut your daily sugar intake by half!

Could a sugar tax really stem the tide of obesity?

The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies has hit the media trail today calling for the Government to look at introducing a sugar tax to try and stop the rise in levels of obesity. Dame Sally Davies has also reported to the Health Select Committee in Westminster that research currently being conducted is … Read moreCould a sugar tax really stem the tide of obesity?

Are you hot-headed? You could be at extra risk of a heart attack!

Researchers have made a claim that angry people and those with a hot temper may be more susceptible to suffering a heart attack or a stroke. A US study has been through medical literature and identified a dangerous period of about two hours following an ‘anger outburst’ when people are at a heightened risk. The research … Read moreAre you hot-headed? You could be at extra risk of a heart attack!