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Are your Children Overweight?

The growing problem of obesity among children has been again brought to the forefront of the public’s mind thanks to a recent study compiled by Safefood entitled – “Bodyweight Perceptions on the Island of Ireland”. Findings suggest that many parent are still looking the other way when it comes to weight issues with their children.

It is thought that obesity levels among children have as much as tripled over the last twenty years while experts estimate a worldwide figure of around forty three million obese children under five.


The results showed that over half of the parents of overweight primary school kids considered their children to be of normal weight while the figure reached seventy five percent for parents of teenagers. Predictably the findings also revealed that adults themselves are unaware or perhaps in denial when it comes to their own weight issues

Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan of Safefood believes that the first step everyone must take is to be realistic and knowledgeable when it comes to what exactly is a healthy weight. Only then can positive action be taken. She called for regular weight testing among children as it would help prevent some of the stigma attached to the problem.

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How about an early lunch?

The International Journal of Obesity recently published its findings following a study on lunch eating times. Results showed that those who eat lunch earlier in the day are likely to have less weight fluctuations and to be more successful when it comes to keeping off the pounds.

One the people involved with the project – Frank Scheer spoke of a growing need to not  just pay attention to what we eat but also when we eat it. The study took place in Spain with over four hundred participants.  They were provided with with plenty of coaching regarding nutrition, exercise etc with their progress recorded daily.

The subjects followed the teachings of the Mediterranean diet quite closely with over forty percent of everyday intake consumed by lunch time. The difference here was that over 50% of the group did not take lunch until after three.


Over a 5 month period those who eat lunch earlier were found to lose on average 2.3 kg more.

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Fast Food Diet leads to Increase in Asthma Rates?

A recent study has suggested that there may be strong links between eating fast food regularly and asthma rates among children.  Named as the “International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood”, it showed that there was a thirty nine percent increase in asthma rates among young teenagers who eat more that three fast food meals a week with a twenty seven percent increase among younger children.

Over half a million children took part in the study with participants from over fifty different countries. The old “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” saying came into play with up to a fourteen percent reduction in asthma rates being reported if fruit was consumed regularly.

A spokeswoman from Asthma UK spoke of an accumulating mount of evidence in regards to the results of the study and welcomed the prospect of further investigation.

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Do you Tell the Truth When Asked about how much you Weigh?

Probably not, at least according to research undertaken by the University College of Cork. It may seem harmless enough to lie about your weight and conveniently forgot about a couple of pounds however this may lead to problems according to the study. Both sexes are likely to bend the truth when it comes to height also.


Reporting of ones own weight can lead to inaccurate statistics when health workers look at the overall figures of obesity in the country. The report also found obese individuals to be more likely to under report their weight rather than those in the “over weight” category. Unsurprisingly men are more guilty than women when it comes to exaggerating height.





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Study on Mental Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

According to a recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a Mediterranean diet may not help the mental facilties of an individual anymore than a regular diet despite previous research suggesting otherwise.

It was believed that the diet made up of items such as vegetables, grain,  nuts and oil could have a positive effect when it came to aging mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The thinking behind this included the thought that a low fat diet would help keep blood vessels in a healthy condition.

This study which began in France in the mid nineties with over 3000 people claims differently.  Test subjects were split into three groups and tested again when they reached 65 years old. Results showed little difference between those on a normal diet and those closest to the Mediterranean style.

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Greasy Diet Hits Sperm Count

A recent study has shown that men who indulge in a fatty diet may have a lower sperm count by as much as forty percent. The study undertaken on young men in Denmark follows in the path of the overall lower sperm count found in western countries during the last sixty years with drops of up to fifty percent being reported.

Over 700 males around the age of twenty took part in the test. A major difference with this trial was that the participants were not actively seeking help but rather in their prime at such a young age.

Upon studying their eating habits, it was found that those who eat the most saturated fats had the lowest counts. Of course saturated fats have long been linked with other health issues so for some the results may not be so surprising.

The author of the report Tina Jensen pointed to obesity as another major factor.


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Weight Loss Linked with Diabetes Type 2 Improvements

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that an intensive course of weight loss intervention including counseling can lead to a remission of type two diabetes.  For many Diabetes has been considered a condition which could be controlled rather than improved.

For 6 months over 4500 patients received weekly counseling which was cut to 3 times a month for the following 6 months and then 2 times a month for the next 3 years. There was a strict aim to cut calories per day down to between 1200 and 1800. Exercise was undertaken for almost 3 hours a week.

Remission rates proved to be exceptionally high for those with the most weight loss.

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Keep Your Knees in Shape by Keeping that Weight off

This ones bad whatever way you look at it. According to reports, weight gain is a leading cause for those who need to go under the knife and get their knee(s) attended to. As well as that while you recover and are less mobile there is a good chance that you will pile on the pounds.

The study named “Arthritis Care & Research” sourced results from over 1000 patients in reaching their findings. Results showed that over thirty percent of patients recorded a five percent or more weight gain in the 5 years after surgery had begun.

Of course if your operation was successful you should be moving around much better than pre op however it is thought that some patients get used to a slower pace of life with their injury and fail to get back to normal once their knee is back in good shape.

The study concluded that there is a need for a coaching/counseling element to be introduced for patients to help them quickly get up to speed again.


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Mobile Apps For Dieting Proving Useful

A recent study undertaken in the US has shown that dieters tend to benefit from the use of monitoring technology when it comes to losing weight. On average the study showed that people using devices such as personal digital assistants lost eight pounds or more.

Apps for smart phones can offer a lot of encouragement to dieters as they can easily show your exact progress when it comes to both exercising and dieting as you go along. If you need a little bit of encouragement on a certain day you can simply compare your stats and you will quickly see that 1) maybe you need to work harder or 2) everything is going according to plan.

Goutham Rao who was involved in the study believes that a combination of personal training with the technology can be ideal. Sixty nine people in their fifties took part in the trial. Half were given devices to monitor their weight loss progress as well as access to professionals.  The group without monitoring showed an average weight loss of just two pounds compared to the ten pounds which the group using pdas achieved.



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Overweight Teens in Ireland Making Efforts to Lose Weight

A recent study undertaken by Growing up in Ireland has shown that over 50% of overweight 13 years olds make an effort to lose weight. Many are already dieting at a young age while others are exercising in a bid to shed the pounds.

Eight and a half thousand children took part in the survey with results showing that twenty percent were overweight while six percent were considered obese. The participants had taken part in interviews four years earlier.

Seventy eight percent of the obese children were either exercising or dieting which shows that the problem is being taken seriously. The study showed that over 50% of those found to be obese at 13 were also overweight at 9 years old.

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