Obesity news

By | May 20, 2012


Natural orifice transendoscopic surgery.

It’s the method in which surgeon can perform the bariatric surgery without making any incision. According to the Reuters news agency which quoted the president of American Society for Bariatric Surgery that this technique will take another 10 years to establish as there are some barriers like making instruments and then getting approval.

City infrastructure and obesity.

Thee is n doubt that obesity epidemic can only controlled by the combine efforts different government departments especially sports, food, culture industry and city councils. Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment in its latest report Physical activity and the built environment, stressed the importance of city infrastructure in reducing the prevalence of obesity in the UK. We should build our new cities in such a way that people get more opportunities to walk and cycle in the streets, at homes and workplaces.

East Renfrewshire Council

East Renfrewshire Council plan to weigh school kids every third year is meeting opposition as it will make pupils more weight obsessed. Children are encouraged to eat school meal rather than packed lunch.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) campaign and obesity

Lack of evidence on the causation of obesity by meat is being exploited by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) which claims feeding meat to children is child abuse. Campaign is facing criticism from meat industry and is confusing parents as meat is described as balanced diet by the food standard agency (FSA). Peta is recommending parents to switch to vegetarian diets for their kids.

Sleeping time duration and obesity in young people.

A recent review by Bristol University researcher Shahad Taher concluded the possible association between less sleeping time and risk of developing obesity in adolescents. Possible cause might be the altered metabolic activity as evidenced by decrease levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin. Researcher recommended the young people to have regular and sound sleep and avoid taking heavy meals before bed time.

Economic loss to Australia by obesity

Recent report by access economic has estimated the direct costs to Australian economy due to obesity at about $3.7 billion while indirect costs are estimated at $17.2 billion. Report also showed that Australians kids are fattest despite being labeled as athletic country.

Video Games and obesity

It’s estimated that kids spent 2 months in a year staring at screens to play video games. Physical inactivity is one of the main causes of the obesity. Video game industry is worth more than Hollywood industry and is prospering day by day

The English Are The Fattest People In Europe

Department of health has released report The Health Profile of England which showed the prevalence of obesity in England I higher than any other European country.