I was really shocked to read that according to Public Health England, over 6.3 million adults in England aged 40 to 60 don’t achieve 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month. That’s four in 10 people, or 41% of the adult population who don’t manage that in a month. The fact … More Blackberry galette – and we need to talk about walking…
Having looked at exercise in children I thought I’d have a look at how much exercise women are doing. The NHS Choices website suggests that to stay healthy, adults (men and women) aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do: at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength … More Women and exercise – how much should we do and how can we do more?
Wearing my rose tinted spectacles, I remember that when I was young, we used to play outside all the time. We spent the days and evenings playing with the kids who lived nearby either out in the street (it was a very quiet street) or in back gardens. I don’t remember spending lots of time … More Do our children get enough exercise?
There has been a lot about mental health in the news lately, so I was interested to see this new study suggesting there might be a link between higher sugar intake and depression, at least in men. UK adults consume approximately double the recommended level of added sugar, with sweet foods and drinks contributing ~3/4 of … More Sugar intake and mental health
A new study suggests that the children of women who have a high intake of ‘free sugars’ during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing allergies or allergic asthma, independent of sugar intake in early childhood. The study analysed data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) which recruited more than 14,500 pregnant women … More Sugar intake during pregnancy and childhood asthma
I came across an article this week published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood entitled ‘Screen time is associated with adiposity and insulin resistance in children’. In it the researchers studied more than 4000 children aged 9-10 years who had participated in the Child Heart and Health Study in the UK which ran between 2004-2007. … More Screen time, obesity and diabetes risk
I like my sleep and think I need at least 8 hours if I’m not to be too grumpy the next day. I was therefore interested to see this headline on the BBC this week: ‘Why reducing sleep makes you hungry’. I certainly remember that when working as a junior doctor with lots of on call … More Sleep, appetite and weight gain