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There has been a “dramatic rise” in deaths in England in which obesity was a contributory factor, figures suggest.

Analysis of death certificates by a University of Oxford team found a year-on-year increase in obesity-related deaths between 2000 and 2006. In addition recent ministerial figures show 757 obesity related deaths in 2009, compared with 358 in 2000.

It comes as the Scottish government warned of a “ticking time bomb”, saying 40% of Scots could be obese by 2030.

The analysis of death certificate trends published in the European Journal of Public Health showed an average annual rise obesity mentions on death certificates of 8% for men and 4% for women. But there were likely to be many more such deaths where obesity was not recorded, the researchers said. One public health expert said people often did not realise obesity was linked with many serious conditions.

The researchers said as obesity was rarely listed as the main cause of death, a simple snapshot of death certificates would not have picked up the rise. The marked increase was apparent when they included contributing causes of death in the analysis.

Other figures recently released by ministers showed more than 190 people under 65 died as a direct result of obesity in 2009 compared with 88 in 2000. When contributing factors were included, there were 757 obesity related deaths in 2009 compared with 358 in 2000.

Recognition

About a quarter of adults in the UK are now obese. Obesity and problems caused by being overweight are thought to cost the NHS more than £3bn a year.

The Scottish government said 40% of Scots could be classed as obese by 2030, if things do not change. Scotland’s Public Health Minister Shona Robison is due to launch an anti-obesity strategy later.

Study leader Professor Michael Goldacre said although the death certificate figures tallied with rises in levels of obesity in the population over the same period, they did not know before the study whether doctors would be recording obesity on death certificates. “We know for example obesity contributes to heart disease but if someone dies of heart disease you don’t necessarily expect doctors to note if they were obese. “But this shows doctors are increasingly recognising obesity as a cause of death.” He added: “One of the key messages is you can’t rely on underlying causes alone – if you don’t look at other causes you cannot see what is contributing to disease.”

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said people in the “early stages” of obesity did not often realise how dangerous being overweight could be and their weight commonly “creeps up” without them noticing. People do not realise how closely linked it is with serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. We have to take obesity seriously.”

The British Medical Association called for urgent action to address soaring obesity rates.

BBC News – Obesity rise on death certificates, researchers say.

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Average 50-something fitter than 25-year-old, study claims You may have seen the results of the latest Herbalife research in the press over the last few days. According to the study of 4,000 British adults, 50-somethings eat less calories, exercise more and eat less junk than people half their age.

Here is the coverage from the Daily Telegraph:

Researchers found the average 25-year-old consumes over 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and munches on 12 types of junk food a month. But the typical 50-year-old has only 1,990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week. And while those in their mid-20s have three takeaways a month, the older generation have only one.

The study, commissioned by global nutrition and direct selling company Herbalife, quizzed 4,000 Brits on their diet and lifestyle. Neil Spiers, Herbalife’s Regional Vice President, said: “The results of the study will be surprising to most as it’s natural to think that the younger you are, the fitter you are. It seems many young people are making the mistake of underestimating the benefit of a more balanced, holistic approach to diet and lifestyle. It’s great to think that the older generation are showing the youngsters the way when it comes to healthier living.”

The nationwide research of 16-80 year olds quizzed them on their health and exercise habits. It found the over-50s are more likely to walk as much as they can during the day – to the shops or with the dog – while those in their 20s tend to drive everywhere. But when it comes to excuses for not exercising, over a third (36 per cent) of 25 year olds blame not having enough time, compared to 22 per cent of over-50s. The research found 70 per cent of Brits see themselves as healthy – exercising for 27 minutes a day, at least three times a week, opting to go for a walk, run, cycle or gym. A quarter of Brits polled cycle to see friends or go to the shops, and 70 per cent take the stairs instead of the lift. Nearly four in 10 walk to the train station or to work in a bid to keep fit.

The study also found the average Brit believes they are overweight by nine pounds. Over a quarter of the population are currently on a diet – with the ‘low fat’ (30 per cent), ‘low carb’ (14 per cent) and ‘detox’ (eight per cent) diets being the most popular. And they would wish to lose 13 pounds for them to be their ideal weight.

The study also highlighted the lengths people will go to in order to hide their flab. Nearly a quarter have fibbed about the amount they eat, one in five has lied about their weight and 12 per cent have cut labels out of clothing which revealed their real size. A cheeky 16 per cent have turned to slimming aids without telling anyone and seven per cent have uploaded misleading pictures on Facebook.

And 30 per cent have ‘binge dieted’ to fit into a dress or to look good in a bikini in time for a holiday.

Very interesting reading, and not wholly suprising, judging from the conversations I’ve had with some of my clients.

If you’d like information on losing weight in a healthy and safe way by incorporating the Herbalife products into a healthy lifestyle, visit our online store. (You can also read testimonials from some of our clients on out results page.)

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fat-bellyExperts from Oxford University have published an article in the medical journal The Lancet detailing their findings that being obese is as hazardous to your health as a lifetime of smoking.

The report suggests that even moderate obesity can shorten your life expectancy by a few years. About 25% of UK adults are considered obese with a BMI of over 30.

BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measurement that uses a scientific formula to determine an adult person’s safest, healthiest weight based upon their weight and height. BMI is a powerful tool you can use to help create your personal path to improved health as a high BMI can be associated with serious health risks including:

  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • cancer

What is your personal BMI calculation?

Click here to find out using the online BMI calculator from our international store!

Your BMI can be a good starting point, but you should also consider your body composition (ie fat vs lean muscle tissue and water) and also your body shape. If you are especially muscular, are pregnant or breastfeeding, then your BMI will not be an accurate refelction of your health risks. See our previous post on body shape when determining your overall health risks.

If you are interested in a Personal Wellness Evaluation from SK Nutrition, or you’d like advice on incorporating the Herbalife Weight Management or Nutrition Programmes into your healthy lifestyle, contact us via our website.

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You can read the BBC’s coverage of the Oxford University report by clicking here.

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Mothers-to-be who are obese increase their odds of having a baby with abnormalities including spina bifida, researchers say.

Their analysis of data from 39 studies found obese women were more than twice as likely to have a baby with spina bifida or another neural tube defect. The risk of heart defects and cleft lip was also raised, the Journal of the American Medical Association says.

Up to a fifth of pregnant mothers in the UK are classed as obese.

Leading clinicians said the government should be focusing anti-obesity campaigns on women of child-bearing age.

It is well known that women who are obese are more likely to have difficulty conceiving and once they are pregnant, overweight and obese women and their babies are at a greater risk of a range of health problems. However, this is the first time that so many studies have been combined to build a more accurate picture of the risks to the unborn child, according to lead researcher Dr Judith Rankin of Newcastle University.

“Given that we are seeing an increase in the number of people who are overweight or obese, then we may see an increase in the number of babies born with abnormalities,” she said. However, she stressed these abnormalities were uncommon.

“Spina bifida only occurs in approximately one in every 2,000 births, so the risk, even among obese women, remains very low.

“Women who are thinking about trying for a baby need to check their own weight first and then think about seeking help if they are overweight.

“While you are pregnant it’s not the time to start a weight loss diet but it is more important to eat sensibly and healthily,” she said. The Royal College of Midwives echoed this advice.

Dr Rankin’s team will now continue the work to examine why there is a link between a mother’s weight and abnormalities in the baby. They say it could be related to nutritional deficiencies or undetected diabetes in the mother.

Both maternal diabetes and a lack of folic acid are established risk factors for birth abnormalities, particularly neural tube defects which affect the brain and spinal cord.

Prevention

Andrew Russell, chief executive of the Association for Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus, said: “Folic acid does seem to be involved. It is very important for women planning a pregnancy or likely to fall pregnant to take a folic acid supplement.”

If you are interested in finding out more about increasing your well-being and nutrition in advance of conception, please feel free to contact us via our main website. You can also view related testimonials on our Results page.

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Click here to view the full article on BBC NEWS | Health | Obese mothers ‘risk spina bifida’.

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Danyelle babyRegular readers will have seen Danyelle’s “before and after” pictures on my blog and website in the past. I’ve managed to catch up with her today I am delighted to share her updated testimonial.

I was so excited when I first heard of her pregnancy and have been waiting for Danyelle to introduce her BEAUTIFUL daughter to everyone!

Here is what she said today:

In July 2007 I weighed 15st 9 and my life was a mess.

I had been trying for a baby for 6 years with no success so decided to change my life around. I’d had 4 attempts at IVF before then and nothing had worked so I thought ‘enough’s enough’ booked a trip to Australia, bought a sports car and I started Herbalife with Sarah’s help… and I stuck to it. I was not hungry like many other diets I had been on and I liked the taste (of the products).

By November 2007 when I went to Australia I was 12st and feeling great and even started running and look part in a 10k race and finished it. On 8th January 2008 I took a pregnancy test and it was positive – YES I had fallen pregnant naturally.

Throughout the 6 years I’d hidden behind the fact that it was the weight that stopped me getting pregnant and just wallowed in self pity and ate more.

On 20th September 2008 my beautiful daughter Maegan was born weighing a healthy 7lb and 12.5.

I am back on Herbalife now and breastfeeding and hopefully a brother or sister for Maegan will follow….

I am absolutely delighted for Danyelle and her husband – it’s this kind of “after” picture that really makes being an Herbalife Distributor feel so special. The products really can help people make major lasting changes to their lives that affect their whole families so much.

If you missed the original photos of Danyelle, you can see her before and after snaps on the Results page of the blog.

If you need help with getting your weight on track and would like to embark on a more healthy and active lifestyle, please contact me (Sarah) for more information, or you can browse the product range online at

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ep-weddingWe have now been using Herbalife products for a year and are so happy that we came across them when we did!

On our wedding day, I had lost 100cm around my body and wore a size 14 wedding dress!!!! Something that seemed totally unachievable when I was waddling around as a size 20 / 22! Paul also lost loads, he was 14 cm smaller round the waist and felt great.

Our wedding day was amazing and what made it even more special was the number of compliments we received about how great we looked and how much weight we had lost – It certainly does amazing things for your confidence!!! We have had a couple of weeks off over Christmas and New Year but are back to it again now as we are off on honeymoon to Thailand in 4 weeks so want to make sure we look our best for that! I can’t recommend Herbalife enough – We love it!

Thanks Sarah for all your help & support, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Emma – Jan ’08 & December ’08!!!

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There’s an interesting article in the Times today by a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist who talks about the need to think like a thin person for your new healthy diet to be successful.

If you’re following our Herbalife Weight Management programme, or will be starting it on Monday, you’ll already have great nutritional support to help you achieve your goals, and a clear eating plan incorporating adequate snacks and protein levels to keep your body functioning at its optimum (and ideally including regular exercise) but having the right mind-set will certainly help you get and stay on track! Here’s an extract…

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “I know I shouldn’t eat this, but I don’t care?” Or maybe, “I’ve had such a bad day, I deserve to eat this”. Or, “I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t. I may as well blow my diet for the rest of the day”. Having worked as a cognitive therapist with dieters for the past 20 years, I know that these are some of the most common “sabotaging thoughts” that get in the way of successful weight loss. For many people the reason diets don’t succeed is that they don’t know how to diet, or to lose weight permanently. The good news is that by applying the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to any healthy, well-balanced diet of your choosing, you can learn how to continually follow a diet, avoid cheating, resist tempting food and cope with hunger, cravings, stress and negative emotions. You’ll do all this by changing the way you think.

You can read the full article here: Nine ways to think yourself thin – Times Online.

For more information on the Weight Management, Nutrition and Energy & Fitness programmes we offer – all complete with a personal coach/ mentoring and weekly follow-up – visit our site

sknutrition101you can also see some of our testimonials on the Results tab of this page!

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