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Is Standing Healthier Than Sitting?

Is Standing Healthier Than Sitting?

Is standing up a lot a good idea? The claimed health benefits for standing rather than sitting are quite impressive. According to juststand.org excessive sitting is causing “obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease. ” Continue reading

Coffee Grouts for Cellulite?

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Researching my recent post on Michelle Phan I came across one of her videos where she explains how you can make your own product to treat cellulite from coffee grouts.  Well having christened her the most influential person in the cosmetic business I have to take issue with that one.  I think this is what they call set ’em up, knock ’em down in the media. Continue reading

Men Who Made Us Fat Part 3- BBC2 12.7.12

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The previous programmes looked at how we have ended up so fat.  In the third part the subject was so called healthy foods.  Health foods have been around a long time, but they really took off in the nineties when a series of health scares over food eroded people’s confidence in the mainstream food industry.   There was salmonella in eggs.  Beef was afflicted with mad cow disease.  It wasn’t mentioned on the show, but I think I remember that there was something supposed to be wrong with caviar.  Mad sturgeon disease I think it was. Continue reading

Men Who Made Us Fat Part 2- BBC2 21.6.12

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This is the second part of a three part series, though frankly when I reviewed the first part I thought the first one had already covered enough to be getting on with and there wasn’t much more to add.  But this week they looked at advertising and product developments.  Now because we all see food adverts, fast food outlets and snack products all the time it is easy to ignore them.  What this programme did superbly was to analyse what is actually going on behind the scenes with these everyday experiences. Continue reading

Men Who Made Us Fat Part 1- BBC2 14.6.12

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This programme made the case that rising levels of obesity are linked to increased consumption of sugar.  It was presented as if this was a surprising proposal.  I am not sure how many people would not have heard this proposition before, it was certainly not particularly news to me.  It was presented in a polemical way rather than a balanced one.  It was also really slowly paced, which I actually quite liked because I was taking notes and tweeting about it,  but would have been annoying in the extreme if I had just been watching it.  But it was clearly presented and easy to follow.  So as a bit of television, it was fine. Continue reading

Obesity is in the genes, but….

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Scientific American reports the results of a study into the effect of genes and exercise on body weight.  It is confirmation of something that I think we all knew, which is that some people just put on weight more than others.  They just have obesity genes. Researchers have been able to identify some of the genes involved.  But it turns out that even people with this predisposition to obesity are still pretty trim if they get enough exercise. Continue reading