And 80% of the drinks stocked must have less than 5g of added sugar per 100ml. Hospital 'super-size&#39 chocolate ban Source: NHS England Reuters ‘Obesity epidemic’ In April, NHS England said it would ban sugary drinks if hospital outlets did not cut down on the number they sell. Simon Stevens said the NHS was “stepping up” to combat an issue that was causing “an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer”. “In place of calorie-laden, sugary snacks we want to make healthier food an easy option for hospital staff, patients and visitors.” NHS staff are also being targeted as part ofRead More →

Its not the number on the scale that should worry you: its your potbelly. Even people who arent considered overweight can still be labeled overfat, a new term highlighted in a recent Frontiers in Public Health report. For years, doctors have been classifying people as obese based on their body mass index, which is determined by weight and height. But as many as half of patients with normal BMIs might still be overfat, meaning they have excess body fat thats detrimental to their health especially when its in the abdominal region. You might be overfat if the circumference of your belly is larger than your hipRead More →

Public Health England estimates that 42% of 45- to 64-year-olds have a long-term health condition such as diabetes or heart disease. This week, it urged middle-aged people to walk more often and more briskly. 10 minutes a day It is encouraging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks of just 10 minutes a day. One in five middle-aged people is physically inactive, engaging in less than 30 minutes of exercise a week, it says. To help, the government agency is promoting a free app – Active 10 – which can monitor the amount of brisk walking an individualRead More →