obesity

Steroids, Personal Trainers and double standards

I work in a health and fitness industry, where many within the industry and out of it place a lot of importance on the appearance of the trainers (or, should we say coaches, as is now a popular term to use). Is the appearance of the trainer so important? Would you want to train with an out of shape PT? Maybe not. A PT in terrible shape does say one of two things: either they’re not following their own advice or they are and it’s wrong! Is either of these acceptable? That [read more....]

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

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

BMI: Compare yourself to the rest of the world

We often see ‘Body Mass Index (BMI)’ used as a measure of obesity. It is essentially a ratio of weight to height. I personally think it is a rather crude measure of an individual’s obesity and I prefer waist circumference and body fat percentage scores. There is no accounting for lean muscle mass with a BMI. There will be many athletes, with an amount of muscle mass that will score overweight on the BMI scale. Your weight on the scales can be a misleading figure as an [read more....]

November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments