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Article: Millenials to be most overweight generation

Time to take notice!! Not posted in a while but saw this and felt it needed sharing. Now is the time to take action to make sure these predictions are way off the mark. It not an easy job and it will take hard work but like so many things in this life the rewards are worth it.

Millenials to be most overweight generation

If you like the post or any of my older ones feel free to comment and also let me know if you have any questions or tell me what you would like to read about in my next post.

Have a great day

Gareth x

Sprouts aren’t just for Xmas

Hello Healthy Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts – Hello Healthy

Article: The diet book industry is a lie – and we’ve all been sucked into it

The diet book industry is a lie – and we’ve all been sucked into it

Fat vs Low Fat, even the experts confuse us!!

What chance do we all have when reports are done giving all the evidence yet the answers we get are dependent on which “expert” we listen to. Make sure you read things carefully and fully. As you can see from this people see what they want to see. For example the report says avoid low fat food, IT DOESN’T SAY eat loads of fat. If you have any questions please drop me a message and I will be happy to help.

Going cold Turkey from sugar

I read this today,  very interesting indeed.

Before and After pictures….

Just read this, Make sure you research and take advice before being sucked in by amazing before and after pictures. Good trainers will always be able to back up results with more than just 2 pictures and will always be willing to explain how they can help. A good friend of mine and amazing trainer,  Wayne Large at Absolute Training and Nutrition, is one such person.

Child obesity rates ‘levelling off’ among under-10s

Just read this on the BBC news page and wanted to share,  yes the figures are slightly better but let’s make sure our children get the best start in life. It is our responsibility to not only feed our children healthy food and encourage them to exercise but we need to educate them so continue to live life to the max. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like help helping yourself and your family.

Child obesity rates ‘levelling off’ among under-10s
The prevalence of overweight and obese children has remained stable at about 30% in the past decade
The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three UK children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.
There was a steady rise in the proportion of overweight children between 1994 and 2003, but in the past decade it has remained at about 30%.
The King’s College London researchers add obesity rates among 11- to 15-year-olds are still rising, however.
And Public Health England said there was no room for complacency.
Experts believe that being significantly overweight is responsible for a wide range of health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and infertility.
The number of obese people in the UK has more than trebled in the past 25 years.
Obesity levels among children have also been rising during this period. One in three children in the UK is now overweight, while one in five is obese.
But data from other sources had previously suggested that childhood obesity levels were now starting to plateau or even fall slightly.
Age-group trends
This study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, used GPs’ electronic health records in England to monitor trends over 20 years.
Weight, height and body mass index (BMI) measurements for more than 370,000 children from 1994 to 2013 were analysed.
The findings show that the rate of growth of overweight and obesity levels, which was 8% each year up to 2003, has slowed substantially in the past 10 years, to 0.4%.
Trends were similar for both boys and girls, but differed by age group.
Overweight and obesity levels among two- to five-year-olds stayed relatively stable at 25% for boys and 23% for girls between 2003 and 2013.

Children are recommended to eat healthily and follow an active lifestyle
In six- to 10-year-old girls and boys, about 30% were overweight or obese during that time.
The highest figures were seen in 11- to 15-year-olds, where overweight and obesity levels ranged from about 26% in 1996 to 35% in 2003.
Among this group, overweight and obesity levels have continued to rise – to 37% – in the past decade.
The study defined overweight as equivalent to a BMI (body mass index) at or above the 85th centile and obesity as above the 95th centile.
‘Vulnerable group’
Dr Cornelia van Jaarsveld, from the department of primary care and public health sciences at King’s College London, said there were several possible reasons for the “recent stabilisation of childhood overweight and obesity rates”.
She said public health campaigns and initiatives could be starting to work.
But another explanation could be that a ceiling or “saturation point” had been reached with obesity rates.
However, she said it was clear that the 11- to 15-year-olds were still a “vulnerable and difficult group”.
Colin Michie, chair of the nutrition committee at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the good news was that things were not getting worse.
“But it still leaves us with lots of problems, particularly among teenagers, who are not easily directed, at a sensitive time in their lives,” he said.
“It is a disappointment that even more children are overweight and obese at the end of primary school than at the beginning.
“Prevention works better in younger age groups, so we have to focus on cutting calories and encouraging a more active, healthy lifestyle in children.”
Eustace de Sousa, national lead for children, young people and families at Public Health England, said that overall childhood obesity rates had remained stable since 2010.
“However for children from the poorest households levels have continued to worsen, so there is no room for complacency.
“Obese children are more likely to experience bullying, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease in later life.”

Inactivity is a major player when it comes to obesity

I have just read the below article from the BBC. If you know me at all you will know that I constantly remind people that weightloss and healthy living isn’t just about your nutritional intake or exercise but a combination of the two.

Have a read and let me know your thoughts and questions. If you think it’s time you made a change then let me help.

Be happy Be healthy
Hudson Health and Fitness


Good morning everyone, it’s been a while since I posted but just had to share this. Please read and take note. It’s not just low fat milk but many other low fat products too.

Most of us grew up believing that cow’s milk was good for us, and that our bones will crumble if we don’t drink enough of it. Harvard scientist David Ludwig has joined thousands of others who question the truthfulness of that. In his recent article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, he specifically addressed the hype of reduced-fat milk.

When obesity reached epidemic proportions, low-fat products became very popular and widely advertized. However, it soon transpired that when fat is taken out, it is replaced by sugars that can be potentially more harmful than its fatty predecessor. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics soon formulated guidelines that urged people to limit their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, but this recommendation didn’t extend to low-fat milk. People of most age groups are still encouraged to drink 3 cups daily. Dr. Ludwig questions the rationale for promoting low-fat milk, since surely all calorie-containing liquids should be treated with equal caution. This is an article written by Jenny Hills or Healthy and Natural World news.

The first thing to consider is the necessity of milk (full-fat or low-fat) in our diets. Dr. Ludwig points out that humans have no nutritional requirement for animal milk. Drinking milk is a relatively recent luxury, and early humans evolved and survived for millennia without it. In fact, if we look at it on a gram for gram basis, some other foods have more calcium than milk, for example, broccoli, kale, arugula, or spinach all have over 160 mg per serving. Good sources are also sardines, nuts, seeds, and beans (you can read more about it in my previous article about better sources of calcium than dairy products). So unless you are planning to grow into a big cow, you don’t really need to drink that much milk for the sake of calcium. You should instead look for other sources.

When it comes to reduced-fat milk (0% to 2% fat content), the argument becomes even clearer. According to Ludwig, there are few randomized clinical trials that would look at the effects of low-fat milk compared to whole milk in relation to weight gain and other health outcomes. On the contrary, some studies have shown that when people consume reduced-fat milk, they feel less satiated. Consequently, they compensate – or even over-compensate – by eating more of other foods and actually increase their caloric intake.

Also, some people fear full-fat milk for its content of saturated fat (60% of milk fat). This type of fat raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol connected with cardiovascular disease. However, saturated fat in milk also increases the good cholesterol – high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which has a cardio protective effect. An analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2010, concluded that there is no significant evidence that would link dietary saturated fat with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease. Full-fat dairy products might even promote heart health, control diabetes, aid in vitamin absorption, lower bowel cancer risk, and aid in weight loss.

All in all, there are scientists who believe that if you do go for milk, you might be better off drinking the whole fat version. If however you are lactose intolerant, you can always opt for milk substitutes, and you can even easily make them at home. Find here recipes of healthy and easy homemade milk substitutes.

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