The Health News United Kingdom February 19 2018

  • According to the first estimates from the Office for National Statistics, the average Brit consumes 50% more calories than they think they do. The new data show that men are the worst at kidding themselves – typically consuming 1,000 more calories than they estimate every day – while women eat about 800 calories more than they account for. The new PHE advice, in the One You nutrition campaign, will say adults should limit lunches and dinners to 600 calories each, with 400 calories for breakfast.
  • New figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that emissions from motor vehicles have actually dropped 12% in the four years between 2012 and 2016.
    The drop comes as governments around the world, including the UK, have started to impose stricter regulations on the emissions being produced by cars including tougher penalties on older cars, especially diesel vehicles.
  • A BBC investigation shows that senior NHS female doctors are earning less than their male counterparts. Of the top 100 earning consultants in England, just five are women, despite more than a third of the workforce being female. The top-paid man earned nearly £740,000 – two-and-a-half times that of the top woman.On average, full-time women consultants earned nearly £14,000 a year less than men – a pay gap of 12%

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 19th of February 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/19/fat-britain-average-person-eats-50-calories-realise/

According to the first estimates from the Office for National Statistics, the average Brit consumes fifty percent more calories than they think they do. The new data show that men are the worst at kidding themselves – typically consuming one thousand more calories than they estimate every day – while women eat about eight hundred calories more than they account for.
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Experts said the delusion occurs because people do not like to “be taken for slobs” – and ended up lying to themselves. The revelation comes as Public Health England (PHE) prepares to launch a calorie counting campaign, as part of efforts to combat Britain’s obesity epidemic.
Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese, along with one third of children by the time they leave primary school.   New data suggest that the crisis is fuelled by the fact the average person wildly underestimates the amount of calories they are consuming daily. The survey of more than four thousand adults asked men and women to attempt to track their calorie consumption over four days.

On average, the figures from men amounted to an average daily consumption of two thousand sixty five calories, while the average for women was one thousand five hundred seventy. Men were found to expend an average of three thousand one hundred nineteen calories – meaning that was their likely consumption level – while women were expending two thousand three hundred ninety three daily. The more overweight consumers were, the less reliable their account of their calorie intake was, the research found, while women were slightly more accurate than men.

The new PHE advice, in the One You nutrition campaign, will say adults should limit lunches and dinners to six hundred calories each, with four hundred calories for breakfast. Those behind the campaign say overall recommended daily consumption levels are unchanged- at  two thousand calories for women and two thousand five hundred for men – but that the guidance is a “rule of thumb” to help people cut back.  Health officials say the average adult is consuming two hundred to three hundred more calories every day than they should.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/emissions-from-cars-have-actually-dropped-but-theyre-still-bad_uk_5a86d10ee4b00bc49f4318fc?utm_hp_ref=uk-health

New figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that emissions from motor vehicles have actually dropped twelve percent in the four years between two thousand twelve and two thousand sixteen. The drop comes as governments around the world, including the UK, have started to impose stricter regulations on the emissions being produced by cars including tougher penalties on older cars, especially diesel vehicles.
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One of the main sources for the overall drop in the levels of nitrogen oxides has actually been due to the closure of several large coal-fired power stations.  In addition, green group ClientEarth points out that despite the drop of twelve percent, the share of pollution that road transport provides has actually increased from thirty four percent in two thousand fifteen to four nine percent in two thousand sixteen.

Senior Campaigner, Andrea Lee told HuffPost UK: “The reduction in emissions is good news but it fails to tell the whole story. Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide are still at illegal and harmful levels in our towns and cities, where the majority of people are exposed to it.”
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Sixteen cities around the UK (including London) are still breaching the European Union’s limits on nitrogen oxides with London breaching its annual limit in just the first month. While the levels of nitrogen oxides have fallen, there is one area where people seeing a rise in emissions and that’s in the levels of ammonia – caused mostly by farming.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43077465

A BBC investigation shows that senior NHS female doctors are earning less than their male counterparts. Of the top one hundred earning consultants in England, just five are women, despite more than a third of the workforce being female. The top-paid man earned nearly seventy hundred forty thousand pounds – two-and-a-half times that of the top woman.
On average, full-time women consultants earned nearly fourteen thousand pounds a year less than men – a pay gap of twelve percent. Senior female doctors described the findings as “disappointing” and said it showed more needs to be done to tackle the gender pay gap in medicine.

The figures were obtained by the BBC following requests to individual health trusts, the government and NHS Digital: The top earning male consultant in England earned seven hundred thirty nine thousand four hundred sixty pounds in two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen; the best paid woman got two hundred eighty one thousand six hundred sixteen pounds by comparison; on average, full-time men in England earned one hundred twenty seven thousand six hundred eighty three pounds, nearly fourteen thousand pounds more than full-time women.
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In Northern Ireland the gap between men and women’s gross earnings was over eight thousand pounds.  Some doctors the BBC spoke to said some of the difference was probably down to the fact men were more likely to do overtime. But they said it was clear some of the gap was unfair with the system of bonuses and awards weighted in favour of men.
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The Department of Health and Social Care said: “We are committed to ensuring that our hardworking doctors are rewarded fairly and equally for their work — regardless of gender — and have commissioned an independent report alongside the medical profession to examine exactly how that can be achieved.”

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