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...
EXERCISE AND THE CORONA VIRUS – AGAIN

EXERCISE AND THE CORONA VIRUS – AGAIN

Well, here we go again The emergence of the second wave of the pandemic and the subsequent Lockdown brings me back to this subject. Of course we are all delighted by the news of an effective vaccine. However it will be many months before it has been rolled out widely...
CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

The Coronary Arteries The heart, though full of blood, still needs its own arteries to supply nourishment and oxygen to the heart muscle.These are the coronary arteries. They arise from the root of the aorta, the body’s main artery, and wind round the surface of...
THE METABOLIC SYNDROME

THE METABOLIC SYNDROME

What on Earth is that? Well, it is a rather important cluster of some of the conditions which I have described previous blogs – and will do in future blogs. This combination of conditions, known as metabolic syndrome, make you prone to arterial problems,...
EXERCISE TO PREVENT/TREAT OBESITY

EXERCISE TO PREVENT/TREAT OBESITY

Changes in  body weight are decided by how much you eat and how much you do. Your weight is like your bank balance with calories replacing money but an opposite desirable outcome. Think of calories as money – the more you put in as food the richer or fatter you grow...
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...