More evidence that obese children are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease

If you’re an overweight adult, you are at increased risk of a load of health problems you don’t want, including cardiovascular diseases (CVD). These affect the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease and stroke. As for children, evidence for a similar association is building up but the link is less well understood, including the [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…]

Online obesity treatment programmes show promise

Today I’m returning to the topic of ‘telehealth’, with the latest evidence on how computers may help people who are struggling with their weight. A new Cochrane review, published this week, looks at the evidence for the effectiveness of interactive computer programmes in helping overweight or obese people lose weight and to help maintain weight [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…]

Antenatal exercise helps reduce weight gain in pregnant overweight or obese women

When I think back to my younger elf, I can see it now; the moment I found out I was pregnant. Flopping down onto the nearest toadstool and hanging up my running shoes, “Yay! I can eat what I like, when I like. All. The. Time.” That was wishful thinking! Weight gain during pregnancy is [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 Cochrane review on weight loss and asthma control

The ‘obesity epidemic’ of recent decades has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the number of people with asthma, and there is a lot of interest in investigating a possible link between the two conditions. Obesity is also associated with poorer control of asthma symptoms, with overweight asthmatics not responding so well to inhaled [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…]

Improving health literacy: a step on the road to better choices about health

People’s ability to read, understand and use information on health and healthcare (health literacy) is a really important factor in the decisions they make in relation to their health, from lifestyle choices to the management of illness. Whilst we don’t know what levels of health literacy are in England, we do know that England has [read the full story…]