By Dr Cain Clark @DrCainCTClark, Prof Tony Ghaye @TonyGhaye2 Obesity, broadly speaking, is characterised by having a body-mass index above 30 kg.m2, and described as a non-communicable risk factor. Between 1993 and 2017, the proportion of adults in the United Kingdom (UK) that are overweight or obese has risen from 57.6% to 68% in […]
Obesity prevention and beyond..highlights from the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Scientific Conference 2017 “Exercise Medicine and Physical Activity for Health”
By Dr Ronan Brady and Dr Ronan Kearney This years Irish FSEM 14th annual scientific conference ‘Exercise Medicine and Physical Activity for Health’ proved to be both informative and thought provoking. No doubt attendees garnered newfound knowledge to inform their clinical practice. For those that were unable to attend, let us highlight some key messages from the conference’s keynote speakers. Prof. […]
Attention! Obesity and healthcare professionals: Support the UK National Student Health Programme
By Mr Jonathan Temple and Professor Chris Oliver @CyclingSurgeon Healthcare students across the UK will recognise the profound impact of adult and childhood obesity upon the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of millions of patients and their families. Indeed, obesity and obesity-induced disease represent one of the most significant and important challenges facing our […]
The Daily Mile! Combating childhood obesity one step at a time
By Elaine Wyllie @_thedailymile The Daily Mile is a Health and Wellbeing (H&WB) physical activity initiative which developed organically in a large Scottish primary school and nursery class in 2012. It began after a volunteer in the school observed that the children were unfit. It is sustainable over the long term because it meets the needs of […]
It’s National Obesity Awareness Week and now more than ever we need action.
By Stephen Morrison @HowManyMiles_ Now more than ever, we need action to prevent the growing trend in obesity and inactivity. Consider this as we encourage you and your peers to sign up for the UK’s National Obesity Forum’s JanUary campaign. Solutions put forward over ten years ago, are still being called for in new reports. […]
A Global Fail? International Comparisons of Physical Activity of Children and Youth Report Cards
By Dr. Christine Voss (@DrChristineVoss) Originally posted on the Active Streets Active People blog: http://asapactive.wordpress.com/ The 2014 Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children recently brought together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to address the growing childhood physical inactivity crisis. There was an impressive agenda of scientific communications, workshops, debates, networking opportunities, and key note […]
Obesity in the Middle East : A serious public health concern and initiatives to improve diet and physical activity
Sport and Exercise Medicine: The UK trainee perspective (A BJSM blog series) By Dr Farrah Jawad Obesity is becoming a major public health issue in the Middle East and in other developing regions. Estimations of overweight or obese individuals include: 42.2% of Kuwaiti adolescent males and 42.4% of Bahraini adolescent females 1. The World Health Organisation indicates […]
Childhood Obesity: The Real Elephant in the Room
LETTER TO THE EDITOR By Roger Redman The recent BJSM article “Is the lack of physical activity strategy for children complicit mass child neglect?” is well-informed and highlights a major problem, but, like many professional commentaries it seems to be “politically correct” in not mentioning the real Elephant in the Room. The fact that one in […]
BJSM Cover 2nd Semi-Final…Vote and win!
VOTE HERE (CLICK) NOW! (until May 15th) The first semi-final of the cover competition was tight! The winner advanced to the final with a one vote margin! Still a secret though! Now we have the 2nd semi-final. Rules refresher! 1. Semi Final 2 goes until midnight Oslo time: May 15th 2012. 2. You can vote […]
Couple of powerful (short) videos – Are you drinking fat?
New York City Health Department has launched an aggressive video campaign to educate Yorkers that sodas have 16 packs of sugar in a 20 oz drink (about 600 ml, say 1.5 cans). The story is certainly ‘sticky’ – clear, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional. The background, of course is that obesity is not as big a […]