OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY

OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY

‘A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.’ A. A. Milne  How is weight assessed? The standard way of measuring weight compared with height is body mass index (BMI), which is weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. So a 70kg (about...
THE PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE

THE PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE

Last week I told you how evidence about the effectiveness of different medical treatments is obtained. If this evidence is to have any effect on how treatment is applied, it must be presented. This is usually done through scientific medical journals. The way evidence...
EVIDENCE

EVIDENCE

Evidence: Interpreting the Science ‘The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.’ Bertrand Russell The heart of this blog is the effect of exercise (or lack of it) on health and disease, and the extent to which...
Physical fitness and physical activity

Physical fitness and physical activity

Last week I told you that I would be describing all the long-term conditions of later life which impede our mobility, agility, well being and independence. We know that these, the non-communicable diseases (NCDs), can be both prevented and treated by exercise. The...
EXERCISE, FITNESS AND DISEASE

EXERCISE, FITNESS AND DISEASE

Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought, Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught, The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; God never made his work for man to mend. ~John Dryden 1700 The whys and wherefores of exercise For the past few months I have written...