The places where too many are fat and too many are thin- BBC News

Obesity is often portrayed as a Western problem, with under-nutrition found in poorer countries.

But the truth is more complex. Nine out of 10 countries are in the grip of a health epidemic known as the “double burden” – where overweight and undernourished people live side-by-side.

A worldwide explosion in the availability of unhealthy foods, a shift towards office jobs and the growth of transport and television are among the many causes.

Often, this double burden occurs not only within a community, but also within the same family.

It can even happen within the same person, who is overweight but lacking in vital nutrients. Alternatively, they can be part of a phenomenon known as “thin-fat”, where people appear to be a healthy weight, but carry large amounts of hidden fat.

Obese children

Every country in the world is struggling with a nutrition problem of some kind.

The number of people suffering from chronic food deprivation reached an estimated 815m in 2016 – a 5% increase in two years. Much of the increase was in Africa, where 20% of people were malnourished.

Meanwhile, obesity rates have tripled over the last 40 years. Globally, more than 600m adults are obese, while 1.9bn are overweight.

The number of obese people in developing countries is catching up with the developed world.

Source: The places where too many are fat and too many are thin – BBC News

The BMI Explained: How Useful Is It Really? : Huffington Post

The BMI is a measure used to determine if you are a healthy weight for your height. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared, to place you in a category of underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese.

 But is it useful or does it give us misleading and inaccurate information about our health?

Professor Garry Jennings, National CEO of The Heart Foundation, told The Huffington Post Australia the BMI is an effective measure to determine whether a person is overweight or obese.

“Most people with a high BMI are overweight or obese,” he said.

However, this should be taken with a small pinch of salt. Margaret Hays, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, told HuffPost Australia the BMI is more useful for measuring populations rather than individuals.


Source: The BMI Explained: How Useful Is It Really? : Huffington Post

Association among childhood ADHD, sex and obesity — ScienceDaily

The incidence of childhood and adult obesity has increased significantly over the past three decades. New research shows that there is an association between obesity development during adulthood and childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Source: Association among childhood ADHD, sex and obesity — ScienceDaily

Syndrome that causes obesity and learning difficulties is found in six families | Daily Mail Online

Scientists at the University of Manchester discovered the syndrome after studying six problem families from around the world. It is caused by an error in chromosome 6. Stock image pictured.

Source: Syndrome that causes obesity and learning difficulties is found in six families | Daily Mail Online

Obesity associated with ADHD in females – Medical News Today

Obesity and ADHD have been found to coincide in females, says a new study that has followed participants from 1976-2010, suggesting a need for greater awareness of the risks.

Source: Obesity associated with ADHD in females – Medical News Today

Concern over review that will examine ‘bullying’ forced treatment plans

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Government proposals that some groups of disabled people should have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment have been branded “ethically unacceptable” and “sheer bullying”.

The Conservative pledge to carry out a review into the proposals was treated with shock and anger when it was announced before the election, with disabled activists branding the plans “wild, stupid and dangerous”.

The review was launched this week by Professor Dame Carol Black, who will consider the case for “linking benefit entitlements to accepting appropriate treatment or support”.

The review document mentions two disability benefits by name, employment and support allowance and disability living allowance.

The terms of reference say her review will “consider how best to support those suffering from long-term yet treatable conditions back into work or to remain in work”, and will “primarily” consider those with problems with obesity, alcohol addiction and drug addiction.

But it is still not clear whether Dame Carol will also examine the possibility of sanctioning people with other long-term health conditions, such as mental illness, if they refuse treatment.

During the election campaign, the minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, hinted during a debate broadcast on local radio that people with mental health conditions could be among those facing sanctions for refusing treatment.

He told the debate: “The most beneficial thing we can do though is to deal with the disability that they have got and particularly with those people with mental health problems, most of which are treatable, is to get the support in place so they can get back to work, which is what most of them want to do.”

The key concerns about the review focus on question seven in Dame Carol’s consultation document, which asks: “What are the legal, ethical and other implications of linking benefit entitlements to take up of appropriate treatment or support?”

There was criticism of the review from members posting on the Mental Health Forum this week, some of whom appeared to assume that it would cover mental ill-health.

One, “cpuusage”, said: “There’s little to nothing aimed at/available for genuine/proper treatment for these issues – long term/severe mental health & addiction – other than a label & drugs. The whole thing is a joke.”

Another, “Stray”, said the review made them “furious” because of the lack of treatment available to deal with the obesity “epidemic”, and added: “All we see is a parade of fat bellies, no services, helplines or patches for this.

“I’m asking for treatment that barely exists and is hard to access. We don’t have these problems to avoid work, to feel this bad for this long, there are complex reasons for these things and often co-morbid conditions.”

A third member of the forum, “neorealism”, said: “I would hope this wouldn’t apply to mentally ill people, for me medication has never worked and I wouldn’t get back on medication even if threatened by a benefit cut to make me even further unwell.”

Black Triangle, the grassroots, user-led campaigning network, said on Twitter that DWP’s “attack on obese people is sheer bullying and scapegoating with no empirical evidence base”.

And the disabled Guardian columnist and author Clare Allan, pointed to the strong correlation between “adverse childhood experiences, such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse, and adult drug and alcohol problems”.

She added: “These proposals will do nothing whatever to help such individuals. Indeed, in corrupting and undermining relationships between service users and professionals they can only make recovery harder.”

Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP and former GP who chairs the Commons health select committee, told the BBC that such a policy “would probably be illegal”.

She said it was a “fundamental principle of medical consent that it should be informed and freely given”.

She said that this kind of “coercion for consent” was “ethically unacceptable”, and added: “I think it would be very difficult for any doctor to take part in treating a patient without valid consent and this would invalidate their consent if it was linked to conditionality with benefits.

“Also, it would not be effective… we know that coerced treatments tend not to work.”

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Obesity Treatments

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A quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese and therefore at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. NHS advice is to eat fewer calories and take more exercise to lose weight. Increasingly, drug treatments and surgery are being considered as a means to lose weight for extremely obese people who have had difficulty in adhering to lifestyle changes. This briefing discusses the current methods used to manage and treat obesity.

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Try entering your details into this BMI calculator from the BBC and see where you stand in your country.

POSTnotes POST-PN-0495

Authors: Peter Border; Lucy Robinson

Topics: Science, Health finance, Diseases, Health services, Obesity, Health education and preventive medicine

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Obesity; Ban Fast Food

Obesity appoint Tsars

An obesitytsar’ should be appointed at every NHS trust to tackle a crisis affecting  millions, leading doctors say. Is this feasible, can the NHS afford for each trust to appoint an Obesity Tsar, when apparently there is already a NHS funding crisis.  Wards closing, fewer nurses and complaints rising, perhaps an additional member of staff for each Trust is pushing it.

But what can be done, lets have a look.  Over the years some other activities have been cause for concern and they were or are being dealt with.

Cigarettes are bad for your health, so they are heavily taxed, advertising is virtually banned, plain wrapped cartons with explicit health warnings. Alcohol is bad for health, still heavily taxed and threat of minimum prices and buying offers to be banned to try to restrict binge drinking.

Now it is obesity, lets look at some causes, lack of exercise, bad diets and drinking. What more can be done about drinking, with the exception of banning it completely. Oh, just a minute, tried in the USA 1920-1933. Exercise, favourable taxes could be applied for Gym membership, but this would favour some of the rich (Labour and Lib Dems object) and no money available due to current financial circumstances of the country.

I know, what about banning or heavily taxing fast food, precedent set , see cigarettes and to some extent drinking. This is unlikely to affect the rich, therefore Tories may be in favour. But just a minute, what about the not so rich, Oh go ahead, does anyone care.

But obesity is a problem, but is mainly of ones own making, the only way for obesity to be tackled is for everyone who has an obesity problem, to want to over come it. But in the first instance, it may be convincing some people that they have an obesity problem.  Possibly a second is the thought that they have a right to be obese, if they so wish. Obesity will be a major problem for some time, possibly for ever, do you have the answer?

Now it is too much sugar

So The Royal College of Physicians needs to alter their thinking, an ‘Obesity Tzar’ is not required, just reduce sugar content.

But if sugar content is reduced, how will the food taste, we have all grown accustomed to the sweetish taste in our foods.

Lets face it, ingest too much of anything and it is in some way not good for you.

There are now so many answers to so few questions, so how do we know what to do?