- A new report shows that out of control obesity levels have left Britain the 6th fattest nation in the world, with rates rising faster even than those in the US. The analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) shows levels in the UK have risen by 92% in just over two decades. This means the UK is now the fattest nation in Western Europe, with obesity rates twice those of countries like Italy and Sweden.
- Health experts have condemned Coca-Cola for launching the Christmas Coke Truck tour in Scotland while children suffer record levels of amputations due to consuming too much sugar. The soft drinks giant’s annual “festive” campaign was due to start today in Glasgow. But more than 40 public health directors, councillors and community groups criticised the promotion of sugary drinks to youngsters.
- A study has found that wounds such as cuts and burns heal approximately 60% faster if they happen during the day rather than at night. Researchers discovered that burns which occurred at night – between the hours of 8pm and 8am – healed after an average of 28 days, compared to just 17 days for those which happened in the day time.
News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 13th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.
A new report shows that out of control obesity levels have left Britain the sixth fattest nation in the world, with rates rising faster even than those in the US. The analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) shows levels in the UK have risen by ninety two percent in just over two decades – by far the steepest rise among countries with an obesity problem. Experts said Britain was “sleepwalking” into a health crisis, after aping the US in adopting a ‘supersize’ culture, picked up from watching American television and films.
The figures show twenty seven percent of adults in Britain are now obese – a rise from fourteen per cent in nineteen ninety one. In addition, thirty six percent are overweight.
It means the UK is now the fattest nation in Western Europe, with obesity rates twice those of countries like Italy and Sweden. And the study, which tracks thirty five industrialized nations, shows Britain is now sixth worst for obesity across the globe. This is a rise from tenth place since the research was carried out two years ago, when UK obesity rates stood at twenty four point nine percent. The new report shows the US still tops the obesity league tables, with rates of thirty eight point two per cent, followed by Mexico at thirty three point three per cent. But the rise in the UK far outpaces that of any of the nations with an obesity problem, with a ninety two per cent increase in obesity levels since nineteen ninety one, compared with a rise of sixty five per cent in the US.
Mark Pearson, deputy director of employment, labour and social affairs at the OECD, said obesity had become “the new normal” in Britain, with much of the culture imported from the United States. He added: “In the UK we follow the lead from across the Atlantic. We are more influenced by the US than people living in Italy or other parts of Europe.’’
Doctor Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “Most countries are facing rising levels of obesity, putting pressure on health and social care systems. While England has the worst rates of adult obesity in western Europe, our plans to tackle this are amongst the most ambitious.” She said health officials were working with industry to produce healthier food, and delivering campaigns to encourage changes in people’s lifestyles.
Health experts have condemned Coca-Cola for launching the Christmas Coke Truck tour in Scotland while children suffer record levels of amputations due to consuming too much sugar.
More than forty public health directors, councillors and community groups criticised the promotion of sugary drinks to youngsters.
In an open letter spearheaded by the SUGAR SMART healthy eating campaign, they warned the tour of the truck featured in Coke’s popular Christmas ads had “less than festive” consequences. The letter said: “It is with huge concern that we see Coca-Cola once again using the festive spirit to promote sugary drinks to children and the general population. Childhood obesity figures continue to make for grim reading. This year was marked by a record high number of amputations – more than eight thousand five hundred, mostly due to type two diabetes.
Linda de Caestecker, director of public health at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, was among -signatories who called on Coca-Cola to “stop promoting sugary drinks” during this year’s tour and instead hand out sugar-free drinks and water. Coca-Cola said the tour was a “moment of fun for everyone”. Visitors would be offered one hundred fifty milliliter samples of Coca-Cola Classic, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar or Diet Coke, “so two of the three options” were sugar-free, it said.
A study has found that wounds such as cuts and burns heal approximately sixty percent faster if they happen during the day rather than at night. Researchers discovered that burns which occurred at night – between the hours of eight pm and eight am – healed after an average of twenty eight days, compared to just seventeen days for those which happened in the day time.
The team at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, who studied the records of one hundred eighteen burns patients, said the results showed the effect of our internal body clocks. They hope the discovery will help improve surgery or lead to the development of more effective treatments for wound healing.
Doctor John O’Neill, one of the researchers, said the human body may have evolved to heal fastest during the day when injuries are more likely to occur. He added: “This is the first time that the circadian clock within individual skin cells has been shown to determine how effectively they respond to injuries..
Body clocks – or circadian rhythm – regulate nearly every cell in the human body, driving twenty four-hour cycles in many processes such as sleeping, hormone secretion and metabolism. The scientists found that during the day time, skin cells moved to the site of injury to help heal it much faster than at night. Doctor John Blaikley, a clinician scientist from the University of Manchester who contributed to the research, said: “Treatment of wounds costs the NHS around five billion pounds a year, which is partly due to a lack of effective therapies targeting wound closure.