Unclear evidence on the cost-effectiveness of distance lifestyle counselling for weight control in the workplace

Being overweight is bad for your health, but finding the time and resources to address this can be difficult. Using distance communication technology, such as e-mail or telephone, can help make person-to-person counselling more accessible to working adults. This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at interventions of this nature at The Lifestyle Elf, but [read the full story…]

No link found between smoking and weight in young people

cigarettes and tape measure

Smoking – bad for your health, good for your waistline? Overall, weight is lower in smokers and higher in those who quit, but we know that the relationship between smoking and weight is complicated and there’s a fair bit of research seeking to understand it better. Many people think that smoking can help them keep [read the full story…]

Fat is a local issue

Next month, responsibility for managing obesity as a public health problem passes from the Primary Care Trusts to the local authorities (LAs) and the National Obesity Observatory (the NOO, itself undergoing a change, as it will become part of Public Health England from April 1st) has just launched a new online resource to help LAs [read the full story…]

A home-based program improves physical activity and nutritional behaviour in older people

What a busy morning I’ve had spending quality time with the Elders in the Woodland. We started off with a spot of tai chi in amongst the snowdrops, followed by a pot of Rosy Lee reclining on the toadstools. I’ve been nagging them all to get up and be more active since reading more about [read the full story…]

Less fat in, less fat on: good evidence that lower fat intake leads to lower body weight

In shining the spotlight on body weight and diet last week, the British Medical Journal looked not just at new research on the links with sugar intake, which I blogged on Monday, but also at fat intake. Fair dos really. A research team did a systematic review and meta-analysis  to investigate the relationship between total fat intake [read the full story…]

Health benefits of Nordic walking

So it’s day 11 of the New Year and you’re half way through the second week of sticking to your lose weight, get fit resolutions (or so I hope!). Fed up of running round the block yet or swimming up and down, up and endlessly down the local pool?  Well, I might just have an [read the full story…]

Green tea won’t help you lose weight, finds new Cochrane review

Many people will have headed into the new year resolved to lose some weight and, hopefully, keep off the weight they manage to shed. Green tea preparations are used by some to help both these efforts, but their effectiveness is unclear. To address this uncertainty, a new Cochrane review has been conducted to bring together [read the full story…]

A diet low in total fat can reduce your body weight

I know, I know, it’s simply not the time of year to be worrying about this kind of thing. Feel free to finish that mince pie, close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and give a loud ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ or two. I’m sure it comes as no surprise but with the World [read the full story…]

Measures to encourage people to walk or cycle more: new NICE guidance

walking and cycling

Help, we’re only in the second week of December and I have already eaten 24 mince pies and 12 sausage rolls! ‘Tis the season to be jolly and to lose all self control, or so it seems. Finding ways to burn off those extra calories is the answer if you want to avoid total body [read the full story…]