Our bustling lifestyles have contributed to the increasing prevalence of obesity and its associated medical problems. Sure, we appreciate the need for activity and healthy eating but in reality many of us prioritise convenience and speed. Among the plethora of modern conveniences we have cars (self-driving anyone?), microwaves, smartphones and fast foods including quick home…

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Obesity may lead to Dementia

With the increasing prevalence of obesity there is an increase in incidence of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cancer and other medical problems including depression. There is now evidence to show that increasing weight may also lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Health care professionals and media have an equally important role in the management of…

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Obesity increases risk of cancer, which includes breast, colon, liver, uterus, kidney and rarely gall bladder. Research published in BioMed Central,which is an open access, online, peer-reviewed journal showed prostate cancer was promoted by gene regulation in obese men. A study by Prof Fruhbeck and colleagues published in BioMed Central reveals that the fat surrounding…

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The thrifty gene was proposed as one reason why obesity and diabetes is becoming more prevalent. The gene is a throwback from when we were hunter-gathers and didn’t know where our next meal might come from. The ability to build up stores of fat to see us through the lean periods would be a distinct…

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Non-alcoholic liver disease has been linked to insulin resistance, obesity and type-2 diabetes. It is thought to be caused by the build-up of free fatty acids in the portal vein and, ultimately, the liver because of diet, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. However doctors are finding that raised GGT levels in the…

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People who are obese are more likely to suffer from ‘bone-fracture risk’ according to a study by researchers at the University of Missouri. It made sense to me as I imagined carrying extra weight would put extra pressure on joints and long bones. However, I’m not a medical person so I was completely wrong. The…

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Ghrelin is another hormone which controls your appetite. Unlike leptin, ghrelin is a more short term body regulator. It is produced mainly in the fundus of the stomach (which is a section up at the top of the organ) and is also linked to the release of growth hormones. If your stomach is growling it…

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The Leptin Theory of Obesity

Leptin has been called the obesity hormone and the starvation hormone – surely it can’t be both! Leptin is a hormone that is produced in the fat cells of the body and helps to regulate body weight and appetite. The leptin tells the body that there is enough fat stored in the cells and to…

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is common amongst women of reproductive age. Weight is of major importance in polycystic ovary syndrome, as overweight and obesity worsens the polycystic ovary syndrome. On the other hand, weight loss improves polycystic ovary syndrome dramatically. Whether you suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome or not you should make sure you reduce your…

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Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is vital for your baby’s development and to keep you fit and well. A balanced diet consists of: •    Carbohydrates – starchy foods such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes; •    Protein – contained in meat, fish, beans and eggs; •    Fatty and/or sugary foods – an energy source but…

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