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It seems we are inundated with messages about the obesity crisis and future forecasts of the higher percentage of the population who will be overweight. Even Miriam Margoyles had a programme about It and she herself is a large lady.

It is very easy for slim folk to quote 'eat less, move more' but I imagine lots of large people move and eat to the same degree as their slender counterparts. Genes and metabolism have a lot to do with it and diseases like underactive thyroid.

But if you look back over the last 40/50 years it is easy to see how progress, inventions and the food industry have had a bad impact on our health, size and wellbeing.

More people sit indoors on gadgets than get outside walking or playing, nearly everyone has a car and many use for the shortest journeys, kids are driven to school rather than walk, we even spend hours on a sofa with the remote where we used to have to physically get up to change channels. The list goes on.

And food? Don't get me started! Everything now is designed for speed and bad health. Every takeaway could be said to be unhealthy. Snacks from shops are nearly always unhealthy and even so called snack bars are full of sugar. The public at large cannot be held wholly responsible for the increase in obesity. Society is out to make money by fair means or foul and it is so hard not to buy into it.

Lynibis
22 days ago
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Johnny
Johnny22 days ago

I think a public awareness advertisement campaign on TV and social media about the benefits of the UK Traffic Light Food Labelling system (and how to use it) would help.

Having never been more than a few pounds overweight frankly I had paid little or no attention to it until very recently when it was explained to me by a nurse at my local doctor's surgery. I now find the Traffic Light Labelling really useful in deciding what food not to put in my supermarket shopping basket. It's usually pretty easy to pick a healthier alternative.

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The UK Traffic Light Food Labelling system uses a combination of colour coding (traffic lights) and nutritional information to show, at a glance, whether a product is high (red), medium (amber) or low (green) in fat, saturated fat, salt and sugars, and how much energy (calories and kilojoules) it provides.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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22 days ago

I also found this very useful when I ripped over into the diabetes 2 threshold. I managed to lose 2 stone but have recently got back down to being on the cusp of not being diabetic but not out of the woods. With shopping it is easier to plan to buy the right foods but when you drive around all day and need a quick snack it is so much easier to pick up a bar of something rather than a plastic bowl of salad which we wouldn't be able to eat on the go.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi22 days ago

That is the problem...check the amount of sugar on that one 34g.....when u should have 20g a day.....ouch..

Is it just me or everything is too sugary in the UK and companies are responsible for this, they do not reduce the sugar amount. Check Cadbury`s they made the new less sugar bar, but actually they did not do anything just made a thinner bar...

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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21 days ago

AgnesFaludi I buy the low calorie hot chocolate and have found it is still far too sweet. Manufacturers seem to replicate calorie packed goodies into low calorie fakes full of sweeteners. What they don't seem to realise is that a lot of people prefer a less sweet taste but they are encouraging us to keep a highly tuned sweet tooth!

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi21 days ago

Lynibis yes...I feel the same...even my diet milkshake is full with carbs and changing it to an other one which is more expensive....

And always the healthier things are more expensive.

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lilyflower
lilyflower21 days ago

Lynibis Well done for getting down to the 'cusp'. I was told I was type 2 two years ago when I was getting tested for unknown flu like virus, twas the Lucozade!! We always do the traffic lights as other half is a body builder and everything is looked at, no sugar, salt, biscuits, cakes etc we only eat fish, chicken and lots of veg. We walk everywhere (sold the car when we retired early due to stress) and feel better as each day goes on.

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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames22 days ago

I agree its not always a case of eat less. I do not eat much at all - one meal a day is enough for me and i only eat that because my wife makes me have an evening meal. It may be down to the fact i forget to eat or dont seen to have sonething in me that tells me im hungry or thirsty if im occupied elsewhere. The only way i can lose weight is to eat more and regularly, but it takes a lot of planning, effort and actually doing it which i find difficult. I lost 3 stone last year on SW by making sure i had 3 meals and plenty to drink every day. Over the last 6 months ive put 2 stone back on by eating less 🙈 My doctor said my body has learnt to store fat because i dont eat enough and that causes the weight gain.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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22 days ago

That is not a good place to be Kirstey. Part of me envys your ability to ignore food, the other part can see how it has caused you a problem. It seems mad to eat less and gain weight but it just goes to show what I was getting at......not all overweight people are necessarily greedy. A switch seemed to turn off when I had kids and my metabolism seemed to no longer work!

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana21 days ago

Processed food is pretty much garbage often with high levels of salt and sugar with the salt there to extend the food's shelf life and the sugar there to mask the taste of the salt. It's designed around being the most profitable for the manufacturer and desirable for the consumer to eat rather than be healthy.

So much conflicting information too. One source says fasting will cause your body to go into starvation mode and drop your metabolism so you can gain weight but another place fasting is the cure for insulin resistance which makes the body rely on sugars from food for energy but fasting will allow you to use your own fat reserves. Both cases are backed up with scientific evidence and study that shows its true for the subjects they tested.

Ultimately though if you look at Africa and people starving to death you never see a big fat person with a slow metabolism amongst them.

I'm overweight but no excuses, I live for food rather than eat food to live. I can lose weight very successfully but I have to be in the mood to do it with will power at the time.

The simplest and easiest way to lose weight is just avoid processed sugar, you can have fruit but never have any sugar in a non-natural state even fruit juice. The calorific value of processed sugar is extremely high and sugar also triggers the mind's binge-ing mechanism which is why manufacturer's love it so much people will buy more of their food. In nature typically the only time you get chance to come across a very high level of sugar is fruit and it only stays edible for a short time so most animals will naturally binge on fruit when available so it increases your appetite but processed sugar takes this to a much higher level and creates a greater appetite in most people so if you are struggling with your weight try to avoid processed sugars for a while and see if that helps balance your appetite. You don't have to sacrifice much and try to combine it with having a eating window of only 4 hours per day, i.e. a 2pm lunch and 5.45pm evening meal and that's it with no snacking outside those times (6pm to 2pm). It would be very difficult not to lose weight with such a diet. Accelerate the weight loss by doing exercise too. Processed sugar is everywhere though so snacks will be more difficult and probably end up being apples, banana's, grapes etc. Those have their carbs in the fibres so fuel your stomach bacteria and are poorly digested by you so improve the health of your gut rather than add extra layers of fat around it.

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TheChimp
TheChimp21 days ago

A lot of child obesity is down to the parents imo.

When I was growing up, we had one bottle of pop, one bar of chocolate and one pack of crisps a week when my parents did a big shop. It wasn't down to money, but just being sensible. Of course, it wasn't the only treats that we ate throughout the week (especially when visiting Nana 😉).

But looking at family and friends bringing up kids now, they can't seem to say No. I don't know whether it's down to pester power or not.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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21 days ago

Yes, that is why I was harking back to 'the old days'. As a child, sweets were a Friday night treat when dad got paid (yes, weekly, cash in a brown envelope). We walked everywhere, takeaways and trips to places like McDonald's were non existent. Now parents meet kids at school with crisps and sweets and then wonder why they won't eat their dinner. They get several high sugar treats per day and if they refuse good food they get filled up with junk! Parents don't seem to parent these days.

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TheChimp
TheChimp21 days ago

Lynibis I totally agree.

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