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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

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