THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

Is obesity a disease? There is disagreement in both the medical profession and in the general public about the status of obesity – is it a disease or is it merely the result of unwise lifestyle choices? 1. Obesity as a disease: Certainly obesity satisfies some...
EXERCISE, WEIGHT CONTROL AND CHRISTMAS

EXERCISE, WEIGHT CONTROL AND CHRISTMAS

Happy Christmas everyone! But sincere apologies for putting a small dampener on the forthcoming celebrations –  most of us will probably put on a bit of weight over yuletide. The problem of obesity Obesity is a huge and growing problem in most Western countries...
PHYSICAL FITNESS, FATNESS AND LIFESPAN

PHYSICAL FITNESS, FATNESS AND LIFESPAN

As I said in my previous Blog – “What is physical fitness?” – a recent Mayo Clinic Proceedings editorial discusses the importance of physical fitness and longevity and concludes that high levels of fitness increase lifespan regardless of levels of adiposity1....
EXERCISE, OBESITY AND SELF-DECEPTION?

EXERCISE, OBESITY AND SELF-DECEPTION?

Earlier this year BMJ Open published a fascinating article on the association between exercise and obesity based on results from the UK Biobank study1. To quote the study literature “UK Biobank aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of...