Posts Tagged ‘obesity’


Friday, September 21st, 2012

Can The Obesity Epidemic be Halted?


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The Obesity epidemic is getting out of control and it is obvious that steps need to be taken to reverse the trend. There have been numerous TV and press campaigns urging the populace to become more active and to be more selective  about the foods they eat.  In a recent press conference however The NYC Health chief is suggesting that more radical action is required…..

“Governments should regulate food companies on unhealthy ingredients in products that contribute to obesity, an epidemic that now affects 1-in-3 Americans and costs the U.S. $150 billion a year, said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.”

….More at Obesity Epidemic Needs Government Rules: NYC Health Chief – Bloomberg

One of Americas richest men is so concerned about the problems that arise from obesity he is prepared to invest in a new research project aimed at getting to the bottom of the obesity epidemic.

“Why would a billionaire energy trader-turned-philanthropist throw his foundation’s dough behind a new think tank that wants to challenge scientific assumptions about obesity?John Arnold, 38, whose move from Enron to a spectacularly successful hedge fund got him on the list of wealthiest Americans, isn’t crazy about talking to the press. But certainly his decision with his wife Laura to back a newly launched operation called the Nutrition Science Initiative, or NuSI, is an intriguing one.

. But NuSI says large-scale scientific studies that tackle fundamental questions — like how food really affects fat, hormones and the brain — are what’s needed to solve it more than anything else….”

More at Billionaires Fund A ‘Manhattan Project’ For Nutrition And Obesity – WNYC


The Trust for America’s Health has just released a report that suggests that the obesity epidemic could affect a staggering 60 per cent of the population by 2030 if it goes unchecked.

“According to a report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) the number of obese adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, are on a course to increase dramatically in every state in the country over the next 20 years. This analysis has also showed that states could prevent obesity-related diseases and dramatically reduce health care costs if they reduced the average body mass index of their residents by just 5 percent by 2030. This report says if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, “13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent,…

More at Obesity rates may soar in the U.S.A. by 2030 –

A good nights sleep can help you to reduce your weight

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Sleep and weight Reduction

New studies have highlighted the fact that getting a good nights sleep can help you to reduce your weight. You may find that weight reduction pills could become a thing of the past if you could just get the correct amount of sleep.

Experts have new weight-loss advice that’s sure to be welcome news: Sleep can be just as important to a successful diet as healthful eating and exercise.

“Chronic sleep restriction is pervasive in modern societies, and there is robust evidence supporting the role of reduced sleep as contributing to the current obesity epidemic,” write a pair of obesity experts in the new edition of the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal.

That evidence includes findings that overtired brains prompt people to eat more, and that some hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism don’t work properly in people who don’t get enough sleep.

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adults wanting to reduce their weight were put on a diet that forced them to cut 680 calories per day. In addition, one group slept for 8.5 hours per night and the other slept only 5.5 hours per night. After two weeks, study volunteers in the sleep-deprived group had lost 55% less body fat than their well-rested counterparts. They had also lost 60% more lean body mass. The researchers concluded that when the body is tired, holding on to fat becomes a priority….

More at Want to lose weight? Be sure to get enough sleep, experts say – Los Angeles Times



What causes insomnia and what can you do to get a good nights sleep? A report by the National Sleep foundation have concluded that almost half of the adult population of America suffer from insomnia from time to time.


Lack of sleep can leave us feeling grouchy and slower to react and process information. At work this can result in reduced efficiency, productivity, and increased errors and accidents. WebMD also reports that chronic sleep loss can lead to cardiac problems, such as high blood pressure and heart attack, a decreased sex drive, weight gain, impaired judgement and premature aging.

Insomnia can be brought on by many health factors and can be associated with stress, anxiety, depression, drug prescriptions and bad sleep habits….More at How to Get a Good Night's Sleep | Health, Safety & Beyond


Here are a few more tips on how to get the sleep you need. 

Think of regular hours of sleep in the same way as a job. Leaping from unemployment to a job that eats up 12 hours a day is hard. After a few weeks of this, the body becomes used to it, and 12 hours isn’t hard to stomach anymore. Now look at the body in terms of sleep. Once the body is programmed to sleep for eight hours between two specified times then it will come to expect it. Introduce a regular bedtime to your schedule and your body will become conditioned to it and you won’t even need an alarm clock anymore! Remember too, it isn’t just about going to sleep at a regular time, but also getting enough sleep. It is recommended that adults should get between 7 and 10 hours of sleep every day in order for the body to re-energise, regenerate and repair….

More at Top Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

More and more it is being suggested that if you want to lose weight you have to look further than just your calorie intake and exercise regime. Your sleep patterns can play a major part in your efforts to lose weight.