“Politicians and GPs are turning a blind eye to the obesity epidemic” – true or false?

Alice_Thomson_140_445744aAlice Thomson wrote a hard hitting article in The Times on Tuesday about the problems of children growing fatter. In it she makes some very sobering points including:

– One in ten children will start primary school and one in five children will start secondary school clinically obese.

– 3.4 million people in Britain suffer from type 2 diabetes, the primary cause of which is obesity.

– The NHS is spending £15 billion a year treating diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancers, liver failure, hip and knee joint problems, and other consequences of overeating.

She points out that, whilst Britain leads the way on tackling smoking (plain cigarette packaging would have been unthinkable five years ago), there seems to be an ominous silence when it comes to obesity and weight issues – politicians seem to be more relaxed talking about porn and sex education. GPs also find it difficult to talk about weight issues with their patients. They will refer people to smoking cessation services but rarely make suggestions for the obese. When the major of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, realised his city was on America’s fattest list, he tackled the problem head-on and launched a weight-loss drive that helped his citizens become amongst the fittest in the US.

The talk of a fat or sugar tax, however commendable, will come to nothing because the food and retail lobby is much too strong and anyway, such taxes will always hit the poor hardest…and no politician will ever be part of that if they can help it.

So, like many things in life, it’s down to us. We can be our own Mich Cornett by saying “enough is enough” and making the necessary changes that will see both us and our children get fitter, healthier and, by logical extension, slimmer.

We moan enough about the “nanny state” but when it comes to our weight and fitness, we are seemingly happy to sing to the food producers and retailers tune.

It’s time things changed…and my philosophy is that it’s not too hard if you approach it in the right way!

William

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Artificial sweeteners…no miracle solution

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A relatively small company called PureCircle hit the business headlines over the weekend because they have managed to corner approximately 80% of the global stevia market.

For those who don’t know, stevia is an obscure plant-derived additive that’s being hailed as the miracle of all artificial sweeteners…and is the key ingredient in the latest version of Coca Cola…Coca Cola Life which has about a third less sugar and calories than regular Coke.

Stevia is a plant native to South America that until a few years ago was mainly used in soy sauce. It’s now in everything, from Heinz tomato ketchup to Wrigley’s chewing gum and Tesco own-label yoghurt.

The substance is popular with food manufacturers because it’s up to five times more efficient than sugar, meaning it’s kinder on the environment to supply and can be used in much smaller quantities. All good news for the industry that’s under huge pressure to reduce the overall sweetness of their products. Analysts reckon the demand for sweeteners could make this a £6.5 billion market in five years time.

That sounds good for the manufacturers and retailers but where does it leave the consumer?

If you’re one of those people who has a lot of fizzy drinks, swapping out your regular favourite with one containing a third less calories is really not going to make much dent in your overall food and drink intake…not to mention the fact you’ll still be drinking a load of artificial ingredients. Hailing stevia as a “miracle” cure for weight-related issues and problems is surely like reducing the amount of nicotine in a cigarette and saying “that’s alright then”.

The truth is, whilst we have all become used (some may say addicted) to a vast array of food and drink that’s actually not that good for us, our bodies don’t need unnecessary, high calorie drinks and foods. Drinking water instead of a Coke is infinitely better for you and, as long as you take it from the tap, considerably cheaper!

And, before I get shot down with such a “boring” suggestion, I’ll be the first to say that a “healthy” eating and drinking regime is NOT about denying yourself any particular type of food or food group…it’s about moderating how much, what and when you eat.

Get that right and you won’t have to worry about which Coke you have, you can just get on and enjoy it!

Good luck!

William

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Here’s the most useful weight loss advice ever…

It’s not WHAT you put in your mouth, it’s HOW MUCH you put in that really matters!

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Whilst the majority of diets and slimming plans are fixated on the calorific value of this food and that drink, on what’s “good” for you and what’s “bad”, the simple fact of the matter is that if you can get control of the quantity of food and drink you consume, then you’ll be well on your way to a weight that suits both you AND your body.

And that’s where most of us want to be…in a place where we can eat pretty much what we want, without having to worry about the waistline!

So, take a few moments to think about the amount of food and drink you consume.

Start with portion size because, for most of us, the actual quantity of food we eat has little bearing on whether or not our body needs it.

Think about it.

We’re bound by habits and routines instilled into us since our childhood “eat everything up” practices. We tend to fill our plates (or have our plates filled by others…even more problematical) with food, even though the size of it has nothing to do with our requirements. We eat as part of social rituals, with a complete disconnect between our current needs and the situation. We graze on snacks throughout the day, snacks made specifically to taste fantastic and “moreish”. We go out specifically “to drink” even though our bodies have no requirement for liquid…and the list goes on and on.

With our mindset stuck on “eat at every opportunity and eat everything that’s in front of you”, it’s little wonder we all tend to have more than we need!

So, one of the first things to do if you want to lose some weight is to forget about going on some sort of fad diet that restricts certain foods or food groups. Instead, take some simple steps to bring the amount you eat more into line with what your requirements actually are at that time.

1. Try and only eat when you are hungry…refer to our hunger scale – you should aim to eat at stage 2 and 3. If you’re not hungry then don’t eat just because you “normally” do at that time.

2. When you do sit down to eat, put a very small amount (much less than usual) on your plate to start. Eat it slowly and then really consider how much more you want…you’ll normally be surprised at how satisfied you feel without eating too much more.

3. Stop eating as soon as you feel a little full...that’s your body saying “enough”. And, when you do, remove your plate from in front of you…get up and get on with other things. If you sit there with half a plate of food in front of you, you’ll tuck in again!

4. Try these three things for a few days and start adjusting how much you eat and when…remember, you’re getting yourself in tune with your body’s actual needs and requirements. Don’t worry if you end up throwing some food away to start with…we’re talking about your health and long life here!

5. If someone else serves you, or you go out, follow these same guidelines. Don’t be persuaded to “have some more” just to be polite and try and ask yourself “do I really want/need this” before you eat or drink anything (the only exception here is water…drink this often throughout the day).

6. Don’t resist your favourite treats or takeaways…just don’t have too much of them, too often and don’t pile your plate high to start – eat bit by bit.

7. Alter your normal habits and routines when it comes to eating and drinking for a day…just to prove to yourself you can! Miss out supper, go for a  walk instead of the coffee shop, have a fruit tea instead of a latte, do (or don’t do) something different…the aim is to throw in a “disruptor” which will kick start your system into doing things differently.

If you follow these steps, you’ll start to get control back, and then you can really change things for the long term…try it and see!

Good luck.

William

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How active are you…REALLY?

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“Being physically active is crucial to good health. If a medication existed that had a similar effect on preventing disease it would be hailed as a miracle cure.”

At a UK Active conference last year one of the speakers brought up a slide with this quote from Professor Liam Donaldson, who was the Government’s Chief Medical Officer in 2010.

The Government’s present guidelines are that adults over 16 should be doing a minimum of 150 minutes of activity per week, but research tells us that 80% of the population do not achieve this.

The nation’s health seems to be heading for a double whammy…obesity levels going through the roof combined with disease and ill-health caused through inactivity rising to worrying levels. Physical inactivity accounts for around 16% of all deaths in adults and the annual cost of inactivity in England is £8.2 billion per year.

With all these dark statistics in public knowledge, why is doing some exercise..and motivating oneself to exercise, so damn hard? There are many reasons but here are some:

1. Like eating and diet, many of us get habits and thoughts about exercise instilled at an early age. Some get put off mainstream sports at school and there are just not enough facilities for people to find a niche sport they like. By the time people are grown up, the “moment for sport” has passed. It then takes a lot of effort for most of us to go along to the local badminton club, for instance, and ask to try it out…even though the welcome would most likely be very warm.

2. A lot of people believe that you either have to be an exercise fanatic or not…there is no in-between. That’s why so many people take out a new gym membership at the start of the year with the good intention of “going every day” without even working out how they can spare the one or two hours required (because realistically that’s how long a gym visit takes). The general “belief” is that exercise is only useful if done a lot and very vigorously!

3. One of the most used excuses for not exercising is the “I just don’t have the time.” Well, it’s true…most of us don’t these days. Whether you are commuting in the car or train, picking your children up from school, sitting at a desk, doing the household chores, there’s just no time!

4. Despite the world being a better place (probably) than forty years ago, there’s no doubt we do less “activity” than we used to. Children don’t tend to walk to school, jobs are less physical and more desk bound, playing fields have all but disappeared etc etc. We drive everywhere and spend what little time we do have on social media or watching the TV.

As a result, we are all becoming inactive and sluggish, and the more inactive we become, the harder it is to actually start doing something beneficial. And, to most people, exerting yourself is a right pain in the ass…no fun at all!

The great news though, is that exercise can be fun and very addictive. Ask the 20% of people who are very active why they do it. Most will say they LOVE doing what they do. It makes them feel amazing, less stressed, sleep better, healthier and more full of life.

So are they just mad? Or do they know something that 80% of us don’t know?

The answer, of course is no and no.

So, if you’re not generally an exerciser, next time you feel you should actually do some, say and do this.

Say: “I want to do some exercise but that does not mean rush to a gym or run 5K”

Then just do something…anything: This could be as little as standing up instead of sitting down! Every hour slowly stand up and sit down 3 times without pushing yourself up. Feel the legs working up and down. If that’s easy, do it ten times and then twenty. And when you finish, we guarantee you’ll feel good! Not only because your body releases endorphins that are “feelgood” hormones, but also because you have achieved something, no matter how small.

Go for a brisk walk…do it after supper and before you sit down and watch some TV…walking is the best exercise out there and it’s totally free!

Get in the habit of using your downtime (watching TV, waiting for the kids to come out of school etc) to do something active (remember… however small) and you’ll find it gets easier and easier and more and more fun…and you’ll be that exercise fanatic before you know it!

If you want some more information about activities that are easy to do and will slip into your day, then read this article from the New In 90 team 6 easy exercises to get you active.

Good luck.

William

Do you want to be fitter and slimmer for summer? Here’s how…

The burst of warmer weather promised to us by the Met Office this weekend will be welcome…many of us will take the opportunity to get out into the garden and look forward to the next few months.

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Forget fad diets promising a supermodel’s body

With Spring on its way and the clocks due to go forward in a few weeks time, you can bet there’ll soon be the latest quick fix diets and trendy exercise regimes spread all across the papers and magazines promising a supermodel body in the flash of an eye with a couple of wobbly workouts and a glass of green sludge!

Mmmn, maybe the instant solution won’t quite work, but if you are one of those people who WOULD like to be a bit slimmer and fitter by the time the holiday season comes around, then now’s a great time to think about HOW you can start the process off.

First of all, get rid of all thoughts of instant diets or back-breaking exercise regimes…they’re too difficult and probably won’t work.

However, the good news is that there’s easily time to make a big change! I always say that you’ll need a minimum of three months, so if you start now, your first big checkpoint will be mid-June…which will be just right.

So what’s the objective?

Well, first of all, decide you want to make a change. Imagine how you’re going to feel come the summer when you’ve achieved what you set out to do. Believe it or not, this is often the most difficult barrier to overcome on the “get healthier” road…and it’s crucial that you really WANT to do it!

Secondly, decide what your goal is going to be. Do you just want to shed some pounds so you feel a bit better on the beach…or do you want to make a bigger, more permanent change?

I always strongly support the latter…going onto short term diets won’t help you get fitter and healthier for the long term and remember, the fitter and healthier you are, the less you’ll have to worry about weight – that will take care of itself.

So use this opportunity to go further – set yourself up, not just for summer, but for the rest of your life.

What do I mean?

Think of your weight loss/get fit journey in the same way as you would learning a new skill, like driving a car or a new trade . Master the basics in a relatively short time, but then spend the rest of your life consolidating and enjoying those new skills.

Get slim and fit for summer

Get slim and fit for summer

So imagine yourself in mid-June.

You may only have lost a bit of weight, but you’ll have changed your eating and activity habits and beliefs. You’ll have adapted your body and mind to eat less and be more active. You won’t have to worry about your weight, because you’ll be seeing it reducing naturally. You’ll be much more active and have more energy. You’ll probably be sleeping better and be less stressed.

YOU’LL BE IN CONTROL!

That sounds like a good objective doesn’t it?

So if you are reading this and saying “Yes I want this”, then you’re probably ready to start!

The golden rules to kick start this process are twofold:

Be more active

Eat less food and sugary drinks (water is great!)

Now, you’ve probably just read that and thought “well, that’s not new…I see that advice all the time”.

However, most advice out there will be:

Be more active – go the gym

Eat less food and sugary drinks – go on a diet

I’m not advocating either of these things (although you may certainly want to go to the gym, or look at doing a sport in stage 2!), instead:

Be more active – work out how to adapt your daily routines and habits so that you automatically become more active anyway.

Eat less food and sugary drinks – work out how to adapt you daily eating and drinking habits and routines so that you automatically don’t eat and drink as much.

See the difference? Sound much more achievable doesn’t it?

If you like the sound of this approach, and really want to make a difference for summer, then you should download the updated New In 90 app. It will show you exactly how to to make these changes over a three month period – it’s really simple to follow and everybody will see results. There’s also lots of help and advice on the website that will give you all the support you need.

Good luck!

William.

Here’s a vital fact for people wanting to get fitter and slimmer…

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However much we’d like to nip off to a desert island and spend some hard-earned time alone, this is just an impossible dream for most of us! We all lead busy lives and few of us live it in isolation…we are constantly surrounded by family, friends, co-workers and other human beings.

As a result, changing any aspect of our lives, whether it be a simple time change or a different routine, will inevitably have an impact on someone else.

That’s all very well, but some changes will have a much bigger impact than others…and trying to lose weight and get a bit fitter definitely falls into this category!

 

That’s yet another reason why a traditional “diet”, focusing on a restriction of calories or food groups, is more often than not the de facto fall back for anyone wishing to lose some weight. The picture of someone eating a small salad alongside their friends or family tucking into a roast dinner is cliched, but true.

As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I very much take the position that long term weight loss is all about getting more active and changing one’s habits and routines, rather than just trying to restrict what actually gets put into your mouth. By shaking these up, you can make a real and positive difference to your overall fitness, weight and health.

However, it’s hard to do this properly if the people around you are not “on the journey” with you…and more often than not it’s a partner, if you have one, and children that create the biggest hurdles to change! Throwing out all your sweet treats and processed food is all very well if you live alone, but if you live with others, it could become a bit of a sore point!

So, whether or not it’s convincing your partner to eat earlier in the evening, your children to have a tasty stir fry instead of a pizza, or a friend to go for a walk instead of sitting in a coffee shop, it makes huge sense to sit down at the beginning of the process with anyone who might be effected and tell them what you’re planning to do, why and, most importantly, what you hope the end result will be!

More often than not, and particularly in the case of children, there may well be lots of grumbling to start. However, once people see not only the positive effect such changes are having on YOU, but also potential benefits for them as well, they’ll be happy to help – and with their support you’ll find the whole experience so much easier AND achievable.

If you want to find out more about how you can go about preparing for your weight loss and fitness journey, then you ought to read my hugely popular The 5 golden rules to follow BEFORE you try to lose weight.

Good luck!

William

PS The New In 90 App for iOS devices has just been updated and is now available in the i-tunes store. Over a period of 90 days, it will show you how to adapt and change your eating and activity routines to make you healthier, fitter and slimmer. Just touch the link for more details!

Why now is a GREAT time to think about your lifestyle

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With the days lengthening and February coming to a close, now is a great time to think about your overall health and fitness.

In exactly the same way as the traditional home spring clean, it makes great sense to give yourself a bit of an audit to see if anything could be altered or changed to give a positive benefit and, if there is, how can it be done without too much disruption?

So ask yourself the following questions:

Do I feel I should be a bit fitter?

Could I do with losing some weight?

Am I stressed and tired?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any or all of the above, then it would probably be very useful to do a quick review of your current lifestyle and see what changes you could make to turn the answer(s) into a “No”.

At first look, this might seem an impossible task. To many people, the above questions only have one answer:

Do I feel I should be a bit fitter? – Go to a gym (don’t have the time, too expensive, put off by the other people, hate them).

Could I do with losing some weight? – Go on a diet (tried that before, too hard, never work, makes me miserable).

Am I stressed and tired? – Get more sleep (too many demands on my time, too much to do).

In truth, all the above issues can actually be addressed in one go…the “being overweight” and “stressed and tired” elements are normally the result of a certain type of lifestyle as opposed to the other way round. People are not necessarily unfit because they are overweight, neither are they unfit because they are stressed or tired.

So the key thing here is to see what changes we can realistically make to have the most impact, within the normal restraints that most of us have in our daily lives. As much as we would like, it’s just a pipe dream to disappear off to a health spa for a month!

Here’s how to start:

Take 5 minutes to write out everything you ate and drank yesterday and then another 5 to detail your activity. Try and be as detailed as possible.

Then take a moment to consider whether or not that was a “normal” day. Given that yesterday was a Sunday, you might have done things that were actually not particularly normal…go out for a Sunday roast meal, or a long walk, for instance. If this is the case, you may want to do the same exercise for today, or last Friday.

The key reason for doing this is to identify any “unhealthy” habits in your day…by this we mean habits that may cause you to eat more than perhaps you need, or be inactive for long periods of time. Examples of this might be meeting up with a friend and always having a muffin and cappuccino, eating processed food on most nights of the week, having numerous snacks throughout the day as well as your normal meals, sitting at a desk for more than a couple of hours at a time, always using the car even for the shortest of trips etc etc.

Try putting a big red circle around any activity which you think may be relatively “unhealthy”. Now look closely at them.

Were they one-offs…or were they regular features of your day to day routines? If the latter, now is the time to make some changes!

Remember, you only have to make small, regular changes to make a really big difference in the long term. That way, you won’t disrupt your overall life, or that of those around you, like your partner or family.

But you’ll know you’re doing something, and after a while, you will notice the difference!

Good luck!

William

New In 90 is a complete plan that will tell you how to make the day to day adjustments discussed above for really effective long term results. Download the new, updated App and start today!

Can alcohol ever fit into a healthy lifestyle?

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In most diets and fitness regimes, the role of alcohol is often overlooked…probably because it’s assumed you just don’t drink it if you’re on a real health kick.

However, to many people, drinking alcohol would not only be difficult to give up totally but is highly enjoyable…and definitely seen as one of life’s little “treats”.

So saying that, we all know that drinking excess alcohol in one sitting is definitely rather horrible and drinking to excess on a regular basis is very bad for you indeed.

So, if you want to lose weight and get fit…can, and should, you still drink?

The Government guidelines are still 21 units for men per week and 14 for women, with the recommendation that you don’t drink on at least three or four days each week. One of the difficulties of these guidelines is the measurement of one unit of alcohol, particularly with wines seemingly getting stronger and stronger.

As anyone who drinks knows only too well, abstaining completely is difficult! Just like giving up the muffin with coffee, it takes a lot of will power and determination and it’s all too easy, particularly if you have a partner or friend who cracks open a new bottle of wine in front of you, to give in to temptation.

It’s also true (like many other things that tastes good) alcohol is very fattening. It contains lots of sugar and it does very odd things with your appetite, like making you want a big curry at midnight! It’s addictive properties also play havoc with your mind and willpower…the more you have the weaker the latter becomes.

So what’s the best strategy if you’re trying to lose weight and get fit?

Well, obviously the best thing is not to drink at all if you find that easy to do. Your body certainly won’t miss it and your waistline/health will thank you for it.

But giving up drink entirely is certainly not for everyone…and so we’re back to that wonderful word: MODERATION.

So here are my golden rules on drinking (not just in the short term, but for life):

If you can give up for good, do. And congratulate yourself for doing it!

If you can’t, or don’t want to stop drinking then;

A. Don’t drink alcohol on at least 4 days per week. If you have been drinking everyday, then start the stopping slowly…miss out one day, then two etc. Come the evil hour at 5pm, get up and distract yourself. Go out for a quick walk, drink a glass of water or diluted squash. Don’t have an alcoholic drink with supper and you’ll find the moment passes very quickly…and once you do the first day of the week, then the others will be much easier.

B. When you do drink, don’t binge to make up for the abstemious days. It’s not clever or particularly enjoyable. By all means drink steadily, but drink water in between or dilute your alcoholic drink with water. Remember, it’s pretty bad for your body to drink to excess.

C. Try and stop drinking by 8pm and then make sure you drink lots of water before bed. Late night drinking means piling on the calories before you go to bed, and your will power goes as well which means you’ll probably eat more food.

D. Never drink and drive…just never. So volunteer to be the driver and you know you won’t drink…and you can enjoy the food even more if you’re eating as well.

E: Remember to include drink in your overall “food intake” thoughts. There’s no point in having a great food diet if you then drink a bottle of wine regularly. Everything’s a balance and if you enjoy a drink, then that has to be counted alongside everything else you eat.

Get into this routine and stay in it for the rest of your life. Don’t worry if there is the occasional over-indulgence – your new lifestyle will quickly correct it. You’ll find you can still enjoy drink, and you’ll feel much better in yourself as well.

Good luck!

William.
www.newin90.co.uk

And here’s a useful list of alcoholic drinks that are a bit easier on the calories.

  • Gin and slimline tonic, single serve (56 cals)
  • Bacardi and diet coke, single serve (65 cals)
  • Vodka lime and soda, single serve (76 cals)
  • Southern Comfort and lemonade, single serve (73 cals)
  • A small (125ml) glass of dry white wine (85 cals)
  • A small (125ml) glass of medium dry (95 cals)
  • Flute of Champagne (91 cals)
  • A bottle of Corona Light (99 cals)
  • A bottle of Magners Irish Cider Light (92 cals)
  • Half pint of lager shandy (78 cals)

David Aaronovitch gets it spot on…forget the faddy diets and go back to basics.

61856618_aaronovitch_10481wI think David Aaronovitch’s opinion article in The Times yesterday (see below for link) is spot on. He talks about the constant stream of conflicting advice about diet, nutrition and exercise from the experts and how, at the end of the day, we tend to read the latest bit of news from the comfort of an armchair in our local coffee shop…at the same time hugging a cappuccino and muffin!

Us poor humans aren’t evolved for a world where delicious, low priced food is easily available. Our bodies are wired to crave food and constantly demand it but unfortunately we haven’t developed the inner mechanism yet to control intake. Maybe another few thousand years of evolution will see it done, but until then we have to live with what we’ve got!

So that leaves two real options – either all the food manufacturers and retailers get together and decide to only produce and sell what is “good” for our bodies, and in controlled quantities, OR we take responsibility for what we eat and drink ourselves.

Mmmn…tough choice!

Safely assuming the second option, we all have the choice about how we go about it.

Maybe you don’t have to at all…many people are able to balance food and drink intake to what their bodies require…and that’s great for them.

However, with the latest figures from Public Health England showing that over 60% (and growing) of the UK adult population is overweight, it seems that many of us could do with a little help. And that’s where the diet industry helpfully steps in!

I won’t repeat all our comments about the latter here, but, as many of you know, diets are REALLY tricky! Not many of them work long term and they tend to be HARD! That’s primarily because they concentrate on what you actually put in your mouth, rather than WHY and WHEN you do so.

I always maintain (probably boringly so!) that the only way to get that control is to change eating and activity routines and habits to achieve those positive long term effects many of us so want and need.

I’ve written lots of articles (go and see them here, or try my advice centre) on how to go about this, so, if you are one of those people who feel they should be getting a bit fitter and losing some weight, go and have a look round!

William

David Aaronovitch – Forget the faddy diets and go back to basics.

The role of genes in contributing to obesity

All the newspapers this morning were headlining results of a recent study and intimating that millions of people may be unfortunately obese because of their genes, rather than their lifestyle.

The study, from the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits consortium and published in Nature, has identified seven new genes relating to obesity in a survey of more than 300,000 people worldwide. Whilst this discovery is no silver bullet for those who are overweight, it certainly paves the way for future research into possible new treatments for obesity.

“The newly discovered genes represented further pieces in the puzzle as researchers sought to understand the genetic contributions to height and weight. They already know of some genes likely to affect height and weight, but these genes only explain a limited amount of the contribution of genetics to these traits. So a lot of genes still need to be identified, but this is an important step,” said Prof Gemma Cadby of the University of Western Australia, co-author of the paper.

“The ultimate goal for genetic studies is to further the understanding of human diseases and in doing so, to develop new treatments and ways of preventing disease. Actually translating the results of studies such as this into providing intervention, management and treatments for people who are obese is a long way ahead, but in order to do those things you need to understand the genetics of the disease. We have to get this bit of the puzzle before we can move to the next step,” Prof Cadby explained.

One thing is clear though – we are still a long way from developing a drug or treatment for obesity and, at the end of the day, it’s only a relatively small proportion (approx. 20% at present) of the population that may have the relevant genes present in their DNA.

And all this leads us back to the fact that exercising and healthy eating is still the most effective and cheapest protection against becoming fat…however much we may look for other miracle cures!

But remember, having a “healthy” lifestyle need not be difficult…it just takes a re-arrangement of your daily routines and habits.

William

See more about the study here Nature Genetics article

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