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A new poll has been conducted to coincide with the launch of this week’s annual ‘JanUary’ campaign (formerly National Obesity Awareness Week).
The ComRes poll found that a third of Britons believe more physical education at school and clearer food labelling would be most effective for tackling the obesity crisis.
Commuters who travel by car weigh more on average than those who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work , a large UK study of 150,000 adults aged forty plus has found.
Cycling came out as the best activity for staying trim, followed by walking, but even public transport users were leaner than car commuters.
For adolescents, low cardiorespiratory fitness and poor muscle strength increase their risk for type 2 diabetes later in life, regardless of body weight, according to a study of young men in Sweden.
“Not only were both low aerobic and muscular fitness linked with a higher long-term risk of diabetes, but this was true even among those with normal body mass index,” said lead author of the study Dr. Casey Crump of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City
These risk factors had a synergistic effect. In other words, the combination of low aerobic and muscular fitness increased diabetes risk more than the sum of the two individual risks.
So that his client didn’t have to undertake her weight loss battle alone, personal trainer Adonis Hill purposefully piled on 70lbs (five stone) in three months.
Client Alissa Kane had been overweight most of her life. So, Adonis, a 35-year-old trainer from Brooklyn, who had already overcome his own battle with weight and depression in his late-twenties, decided the best way to motivate Alissa was to go on the journey with her.
For three months, Adonis consumed 8,000 calories a day, eating doughnuts for breakfast, hot dogs or pizza for lunch, packets of Oreos as snacks and McDonald’s for dinner, as well as drinking bottles of sugary fizzy drinks. He also stopped exercising.
Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century.
Affecting more than 500 million people worldwide, obesity contributes to potentially fatal disorders such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
But there may now be a new approach to prevent and even cure obesity, thanks to a study led by researchers at MIT and Harvard Medical School, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.