Modern Lifestyle to Blame for Rising Obesity Rates

It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and not genes, new US research suggests. Americans were more likely to pack on more pounds if they were born later in the 20th century, regardless of whether they had a high genetic risk for obesity, said senior researcher Maria … More Modern Lifestyle to Blame for Rising Obesity Rates

Sleep – The Next Big Step in Preventive Health

On a routine visit to a doctor’s surgery, you might expect to have your blood pressure and BMI measured, and be asked a few questions about diet, exercise and alcohol intake. One thing the doctor probably won’t ask is “how do you sleep?” If we’re serious about preventive health, that is a serious oversight. Poor … More Sleep – The Next Big Step in Preventive Health

Yoga for Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disorder affecting about 300 million people worldwide. A recent Cochrane Study revealed that the practice of yoga may be beneficial for those suffering with asthma; improving symptoms, quality of life and reducing medication usage. Read about a personal experience of how yoga can be used to help bring asthma … More Yoga for Asthma

Inactivity Associated with Higher Cervical Cancer Risk

Women who are sedentary appear more likely to develop cervical cancer, but just 30 minutes of exercise each week might significantly reduce that risk, new research suggests. “We think that this study sends a powerful public health message: that a complete lack of exercise is associated with the greater likelihood of developing a serious disease.” … More Inactivity Associated with Higher Cervical Cancer Risk

Sitting for Prolonged Periods of Time Increases Your Risk of Heart Disease

Driving in a car, working at your desk, watching TV at night – it’s not hard to find a good seat these days. But all that sitting could have a negative impact on your health. In fact, recent research shows that even if you’re fairly active and getting in our daily steps, sitting for prolonged … More Sitting for Prolonged Periods of Time Increases Your Risk of Heart Disease

Calls for Activity Equivalent Calorie Labelling

A public health expert wants food labels to carry symbols that show how many minutes of several different activities are needed to burn the same amount of calories being consumed, with the aim of helping people to change their behaviour and reduce obesity. With more than two-thirds of the UK population either overweight or obese, … More Calls for Activity Equivalent Calorie Labelling