Nutrition

Junk Food Kids: Who’s to blame?

Channel 4 (UK) documentary series, first episode broadcast on 18th February 2015. The programme featured several overweight children, detailing their story of obesity and poor health. There were scenes of consultations with paediatric specialists and multiple teeth being surgically removed due to decay. This is on the background of reportedly one-third of children in the UK being overweight or obese and that proportion is even higher in the North. The programme identifies various issues and [read more....]

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Personal Responsibility, Public health and a Conflict of Interest

I’ve often discussed in the past how conventional health advice is often over simplified and misleading i.e. “if you want to lose weight you just have to consume less calories and move more”. So where then does responsibility lie for the obesity situation we find ourselves? Should we blame the individual? Have they simply lacked willpower and overeaten? Well, this is a complex question and I believe laying blame with individuals is missing the bigger issue and providing an unnecessary [read more....]

February 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

How Trans Fat Eats Away At Your Memory

Originally posted on TIME:
What’s the opposite of brain food? Trans fat, finds a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Eating a lot of the compound that magically rejuvenates junk food that should have expired long ago is linked to higher rates of memory impairment. After analysis of food [read more....]

November 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Easy on the juice!

The five a day recommendation is a well known, well advertised campaign to get people eating more fruit and veg. This sounds like a great campaign initially and well meaning – many people don’t eat enough veg, that’s clear! The problem with this kind of campaign is that it has become diluted. Is this due to other outside interests. Companies love to include their products on the recommended list of items counting towards your five a day. It is here where we’ve somehow gotten lost. [read more....]

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Make time for health now or illness later

Why has the diet industry grown so much? There are many reasons why someone would want to take on a diet, ranging from temporary weight loss goals to battles with complex food issues. The food and diet industry is massive with numerous huge companies in the business of providing ‘diet’ foods and meal replacement products. The trouble is, you cannot replace food, in my opinion. How has the diet industry got so financially successful when most diets fail and do not produce long term results? [read more....]

October 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Vintage soda ads: Can you spot the fake?

Originally posted on Grist:
We ran across one of these old ads pushing pop for tots on Facebook and shook our heads disbelievingly, before learning it was a fake. But the sweetened beverage industry has stooped equally low in the past, all the way down to toddler eye level. Can you guess which one [read more....]

June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments