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New Year Resolutions – Weight Management

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Lifestyle, Obesity|

Weight Management At Murrays Pharmacy It is worrying to learn that in the UK, over 50% of the population are classed as overweight with a proportion of those falling into the “obese” category. Being overweight is, without doubt, a serious health risk. Not only are you at increased risk of conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis from the strain on the joints and some cancers, but should you need urgent surgery, obesity can cause issues when using anaesthetics, putting you at an additional risk during lifesaving procedures. It is thought that today’s sedentary lifestyle is contributing towards an increase in people’s weights. Poor eating habits including convenience foods, fast foods, and snacking, and less exercise, means that people are ingesting more calories than they are using, resulting in the excess being stored as fat. Long term lack of exercise and poor diet will result in obesity. Weight management is a long-term approach to adjusting to a more healthy lifestyle. Making just one change can never be enough – to manage weight for most people this will include a balance of healthy eating and exercise. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat but overall eating plans should be focused around providing more fibre and fruits and vegetables with protein in proportion and less carbohydrates and fats. Incorporating foods and recipes that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools in weight management. It is important to remember to chat to your doctor prior to making drastic lifestyle changes in order to ensure you do this correctly. Particularly if you are on long term medications and require repeat prescriptions. Did you know your pharmacy team at Murrays Pharmacy can offer help and advice with weight management? If you have trouble controlling your weight and have tried a number of [...]

Tackling teen obesity a key to five meals a day

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Food and Diet, Obesity|

"The cure for teen obesity? Eating five times a day," is the advice on the Mail Online website. It reports on a study that looked at how frequently a large number of teenagers ate their daily meals, and whether this might affect the impact of genetic risk factors for being obese. A number of genetic variants have been identified as being associated with an increased risk of an individual becoming obese. The researchers found that in adolescents who ate five meals a day (three standard meals plus two snacks), genetic risk factors seemed to have less of an effect on body mass index (BMI). However, the main limitation of this study is that meal frequency was assessed at the same time as BMI, so researchers can't say for certain whether meal frequency was affecting BMI or vice versa. They also didn't have information about what the participants ate, so couldn't see how the number of calories consumed compared between those eating five meals a day and those who did not. Although this study by itself is not conclusive, there is a growing interest in how our eating patterns, and not just what we eat, is linked to our risk of being overweight. It is hoped that a better understanding of these links will help people know how best to maintain a healthy weight. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland and other research centres in Finland, the UK and France. It was funded by the Academy of Finland and the Nordic Centre of Excellence on SYSDIET (systems biology in controlled dietary interventions and cohort studies). The study was published in the peer-reviewed open access journal PLoS One, which can be read online or downloaded for free. The Mail [...]