Posts: Obesity

27 06, 2017

Is the link between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes as causal as is often presumed?

By | 2017-06-29T16:46:17+00:00 June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Causality is a difficult concept in chronic disease. Rarely is it as simply explained as Koch’s Postulates was able to do with acute disease.

Attempts to assign a ‘linear’ relationship (i.e. presence of risk = development of disease) to chronic diseases often fall short of a comprehensive causal explanation vis. ‘diet’ as a singular cause of […]

22 02, 2017

Putting on just half a stone in a decade can raise the risk of developing diabetes by half

By | 2017-02-23T12:07:50+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Putting on just half a stone in a decade can raise the risk of developing diabetes by half

Putting on just half a stone over a decade can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half, research has found. Those who are a healthy weight run the risk of becoming diabetic simply by allowing the weight to creep on over the years. Read more

13 02, 2017

Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:53+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them

Dietary guidelines come under a lot of fire. They have been accused of not being based on evidence, not being environmentally sustainable and being out of touch with nutritional science. They also fail to change people’s eating habits, as shown in Australia and the US. Read more

14 12, 2016

Scapegoating one dietary ingredient as the cause of obesity is too simplistic

By | 2017-02-23T12:00:59+00:00 December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

AS a ‘specialist in generalisation’ I feel most comfortable falling back on those aspects of Lifestyle Medicine in which there is the least controversy.

Exercise, for example, is pretty much settled: we need more of it, we suffer from less of it. Sure, there are some internecine squabbles about the best type of exercise for the […]

6 10, 2016

Can plastics cause obesity and/or diabetes?

By | 2017-02-17T10:53:33+00:00 October 6th, 2016|0 Comments

A review of the data leaves the door open on an answer.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are some 80,000 man-made chemicals floating around planet earth since the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.

Some of these, including lead, arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and pthalates have been classified as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) because […]