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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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Getting a good night’s sleep should be one of the easiest and most natural things to do. But busy lives and hectic schedules make us less apt to eat properly, and bad food habits can prevent us from developing good sleep hygiene. “When we’re busy, we tend to eat less than we should during the day, and then much more than necessary in the evening, which is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing,” says Herbalife’s Luigi Gratton, M.D., and vice president of medical affairs.

Gratton suggests being aware of how certain foods can affect our sleep pattern. Protein-heavy foods stimulate the production of chemicals in the brain that keep us alert, and large meals eaten just before bed can lead to indigestion and heartburn – a perfect pairing to keep you up at night.

Low-fat, high carbohydrate meals are digested more quickly, and stimulate the production of different brain chemicals – ones that help aid relaxation and facilitate sleep. So it’s best to opt for a high protein breakfast and lunch to keep you alert and clear-headed all day, and save the carbohydrates for dinner.

If you’re like most people, caffeine is a stimulant, so a cup of java before you hit the sack is probably unwise. Both caffeine and alcohol can disrupt normal sleep patterns; you might be able to fall asleep, but not for long. This makes it hard to reach the deepest – and most restful – stage of sleep, so that even with a full eight hours, you still feel sluggish in the morning. Chances are you’ll also be roused from sleep by a full bladder, since both caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics.

Whether to snack or not before you go to bed depends on your usual patterns. If your evening meal is small and light (and early), then a light snack is fine if you feel it helps you sleep and you can afford the calories. Calcium-rich foods like milk and yogurt are good choices, since calcium helps muscles to relax.

In summary:

  • Have a lighter dinner, focused on salad, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.
  • A bowl of lentil soup with a salad and some fruit for dessert
  • If you know that caffeine keeps you awake, avoid caffeine-containing beverages for 6-8 hours before going to bed
  • Keep your alcohol intake moderate to avoid sleep disruption Drink most of your fluids during the day, and cut back after dinner.
  • If you need to take medications at bedtime, use only a small amount of water
  • If you like to have a bedtime snack, include foods that are high in calcium to induce muscle relaxation.
  • A cup of warm milk is an age-old remedy for sleeplessness, and for good reason.

Watch Dr. Gratton’s video on the importance of good sleep hygiene here.

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Following tremendous feedback from their international  Sports Nutrition seminars, Herbalife will be sponsoring the UK’s first Seminar taking  in March. There are 2 headline speakers, one a leading sports nutritionist and the other a well known coach in the field of cycling. Both speakers will be sharing tips on how to improve performance and the importance of nutrition in an athlete’s performance.

The Seminar is open to all and is aimed at anybody who is interested in knowing more about  the principles of Sports Nutrition, whether you are a distributor who wants to learn about the sports market, a personal Trainer, an amateur Triathlete or even a full time professional.

Date: Wednesday 10th March, 2010
Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm Dress code: smart casual
Venue: The Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull, Birmingham B91 2JR

Tickets are £15 per person. Guests can purchase tickets via any Herbalife distributor and Herbalife Distributors can order online at www.myherbalife.com/uk .

Do you know about the importance of calcium to support strong bones and teeth? Our bones are built to be strong but, if we don’t achieve adequate calcium intake as we age, bones can become fragile and break more easily. As bone density decreases with age, we need to continue building and strengthening our bones by maintaining good nutrition and intake of key nutrients. And with 99% of calcium stored in the bones and teeth, calcium is one important mineral!

Where is calcium found?
The richest sources of calcium are dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Some leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale also provide calcium. But sometimes it can be a struggle to get enough calcium through food sources.

It’s recommended we get 800mg calcium each day. Three glasses of milk provide your daily calcium requirement, but how often do you drink this much milk? And every day?

When your diet alone is not enough, calcium supplementation may be a good option. This is ideal for those who have lactose intolerance, for vegans or if you’re at a certain life stage where extra calcium is needed, for example women over the age of 50 years.

Men: calcium is for you too!
Sometimes calcium is thought of as a mineral for women. While calcium is needed for women during certain life stages, it’s important to remember calcium is essential for the bone health and general health of men too.

For strong bones we need more than just calcium
Other nutrients like vitamin D3 and magnesium also play a key role in how the body utilises calcium: •    Vitamin D, obtained from sunlight, is used to optimise calcium absorption •    Magnesium supports the way calcium is used in the body

– Luigi Gratton, M.P.H., Vice President of Nutrition Education, Herbalife

GOOD to KNOW
Dairy products are rich in calcium, but often high in saturated fats – choose low fat dairy products for a healthy balanced diet and as a good source of calcium.

New Herbalife Xtra-Cal provides the important mineral calcium plus supporting nutrients; vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper to support strong bones and teeth.

Xtra-Cal features:
•    One serving each day exceeds your RDA of 800mg calcium per day, so you know you’re never missing out
•    Vitamin D3 and magnesium to assist calcium absorption and utilisation
•    Plus trace elements manganese, zinc and copper

Order Xtra-cal and the full range of Herbalife products from our online store

Many people lack fibre in their diets. Fibre promotes digestive health, helps maintain bowel regularity and normal colonic function. It also helps to speed up the passage of food and eliminate toxins from the body.

Studies suggest that Western diets are low in fibre; the average adult consumption of fibre is typically around 17g per day in Europe. Yet it is recommended your body needs 24 to 30g of fibre to optimise your digestive system.

Key facts

* High in soluble fibre to help optimise your digestive health
* Supports the body’s natural elimination of wastes and toxins

Details

Fibre and Herb is sold in pots of 180 tablets and is designed to be taken three times a day with meals. Taken properly a pot will last for 60 days.

To order Fiber & Herb and the full range of Herbalife products, visit our online store:

HFF: Haiti Earthquake Appeal

Can you help?

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On January 12, a series of earthquakes ranging from magnitude 6.5 to 7.3 struck Haiti in a highly populated area near Port-au-Prince. Widespread damage, collapsed buildings, and an unprecedented number of casualties have been reported. Approximately 3 million people have been affected by this disaster. Power, communications, and access to health care and other necessities continue to plague the people of Haiti as rescue workers search for survivors and help displaced families to find shelter.


How you can help

The Herbalife Family Foundation will make donations in support of relief efforts through the International Red Cross. Your donations will help provide necessities like shelter, clean drinking water, food, blankets and clothing to displaced families.

How to Donate

If you would like to help, you can donate online at Herbalife’s secure Web site www.herbalifefamilyfoundation.org. In addition 10% of profits from products sold at www.sknutrition.co.uk this month will be donated to the appeal.

Thank you

Haiti

New F2 Multivitamin

New Formula2

Why is the Formula 2 Multivitamin formulation changing?

The EU has recently issued a new list of approved sources for vitamins and minerals. The Herbalife Formula 2 Formulation has therefore been adapted and brought in line with the European formulas used in a number of European markets including the UK.

What has changed?

The Recommend Daily Allowances (RDAs) for vitamins and minerals in the EU has also changed. The new Formula 2 formulation has been updated to include these changes and you are still able to achieve 100% of your daily vitamin and mineral requirement when used in conjunction with Formula 1. The price of the new Formula 2 has been reduced (see www.sknutrition.co.uk for details) and in order to achieve the same benefits as the old Formula 2 you should also order the following product:

Fiber & Herb
Complete your Core Nutrition Range with Fibre and Herb

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Fibre and Herb will be available to order the week commencing 18th January 2010.The Core Nutrition range will then consist of 3 products: Formula 1, Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex and Fibre & Herb. This means that to get the same benefit as the old formulations, you  should include a “Fibre & Herb” into your order. For existing customers, I will check all your online orders prior to processing!

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These core products are at the foundation of each of our programmes to contribute towards balanced nutrition: Core Nutrition. Just outside the core range of products sit the Targeted Nutrition product ranges which build on the foundation of balanced nutrition. Personalise your programme by selecting a range of products to suit your specific individual needs.

Our online store will shortly be updated to reflect these changes, in the meantime, any orders of (old) Formula 2 will be automatically replaced by both these products.