Can friends influence your body weight?

OK people, hands up if you think there’s nothing better than a good friend turning up on your toadstool, unless it’s a good friend with chocolate! I’m thinking that there will be quite a lot of hands in the air right now. Oh yes, if your best friend is about to eat half a chocolate [read the full story…]

Getting children to eat their greens (and reds and yellows): a new Cochrane review

I was a very fortunate young elf as one of my worst memories is of being made to sit in front of a plate of marrow until I ate it, which isn’t going to make much of a misery memoir, is it? The marrow got colder and (I swear) slimier. I still hate marrow. Still, there is [read the full story…]

Do lifestyle interventions for preventing weight gain in young adults work?

Here in the Woodland I’ve been quietly checking out the young adult elves amongst us. Trying to figure out if the research that shows that younger generations are gaining weight faster than their parents is indeed true. It’s a crazy time isn’t it, the action packed years between 18 and 35? You head out into [read the full story…]

Healthy mums, healthy children: a child obesity prevention programme

We all know that prevention is better than cure, and I was really interested to come across a recent Australian study which investigated a programme aimed at preventing obesity in children through working with first-time mums. It aimed to influence their behaviour in terms of diet, physical activity and TV viewing time, to reduce the risk [read the full story…]

New guides to evaluating dietary and physical activity interventions from the National Obesity Observatory

If you are involved in dietary or physical activity interventions, as a commissioner, manager, local authority lead, practitioner or evaluator, this is for you! You are the people the National Obesity Observatory (NOO) had in mind in producing two new Standard Evaluation Frameworks on these two topics. All too often, the impact of an intervention [read the full story…]

Scottish evidence briefing highlights knowledge and skills for promoting good food choices and healthy weight

Well the children are back at school and the little elves in my household did a fair bit of moaning on the first couple of days. They had to run round the playing field several times, as fast as they could, trying to beat the others. What happened to loitering at the back, chatting to [read the full story…]

England sees a drop in unhealthy lifestyle behaviours but a widening gap between different groups

Fewer people are engaging in multiple unhealthy lifestyle behaviours, according to a new report from The King’s Fund, which looked at data from the Health Survey for England from 2003 to 2008. This is the first study of its kind in the English population. They examined the clustering of four key behaviours: smoking, excessive drinking, [read the full story…]

Computer and web-based interventions can improve eating behaviour and/or diet related physical outcomes in children and adolescents

The ‘silver surfers’ in the woodland have been keener than ever to get online this week since our post on eHealth Literacy in the older generation.  I thought it was time now that we turned our attention to the younger generation and how they might benefit from telehealth intervention. There has been a steady rise [read the full story…]

Can male-only weight loss programmes be effective?

The kind of questions you hear bandied around these parts by the body image conscious Elf maidens are, ‘Does my bum look big in this tunic?’ or  ‘Are my ears way too small?’  The Elf males just don’t seem to have the same insecurities.  Maybe some do though eh? Maybe they are just too shy [read the full story…]

New evidence further tips the scales against low carbohydrate-high protein diets

‘Flabs to abs in a day!’, ‘Thin in a fortnight!’, ‘Eat What You Like And Still Lose Weight!’. You know the kind of thing. We are constantly bombarded by diets that promise to help us shed the extra pounds and get the bodies we always wanted. We also get conflicting information; one week this or that [read the full story…]