Posts: Chronic disease
Move more, eat less.
We have all heard it before. These health messages have been widely propagated but have proven to be quite ineffective1. As practitioners, we keep preaching to patients’ things they already know, and then bang our heads against the wall when they haven’t done as we advise. And we wonder […]
In my clinical practice and through my interactions with social and occupational groups, I have observed a growing number of people who don’t know how to cook and a decreasing value placed on a good “home cooked” meal. People are often reaching for convenience foods, take aways, frozen meals and pre-packaged foods rather than preparing […]
The 0.2-0.3 µm barrier between blood and tissue is where the ‘rubber meets the road’ in Lifestyle Medicine.
The link between lifestyle and chronic disease is now undisputed. But where is the biological connection? We know inactivity, smoking, bad diet etc. all cause heart disease – amongst other nasties. And we know that some risk factors […]
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.
The World Health Organization (WHO), mark the occasion by “highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption”(1).
This year’s theme “Tobacco – a threat to development” not only emphasises the established impact of tobacco on health, accounting for over […]
Of all the major health threats to emerge over the past 10 years, none has challenged the very foundations of public health so profoundly as the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), says a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more
27 February 2017
Last week the Turnbull government announced that it would not support a sugar tax to tackle obesity stating that, unlike Labor, “we don’t believe increasing the family grocery bill at the supermarket is the answer to this challenge” .
Fact check: In Mexico, based on a sugar tax of 10%, […]
The government and policy makers often tell the public that lifestyle problems such as obesity, and the diabetes often associated with it, are their fault; just be a bit more virtuous and you won’t get a modern disease. This victim blaming tends to absolve governments, health bodies and big business from any blame for the […]
Sitting around too much proves to be a major health hazard, just as lethal as smoking and twice the health risk of being obese. New research also tells us how much exercise will offset the risks, and which two simple lifestyle changes could reduce our risk of developing cancer by up to 60%.
All these answers […]