When the American Academy of Pediatrics changed the guidelines for ADHD to expand the age of diagnosis to include children from age 4-18 (from 6-12), that the number of cases would rise was, by definition, inevitable. The recent survey by the CDC, published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, indicating that one in 10 children in the US carry a diagnosis of ADHD, confirms just that.
Regular readers will know my views on the fat versus sugar debate. The biggest nutritional component to illness is the excess consumption of sugar. The key word here is excess.
It was demonstrated last year that it is excess sugar consumption, not obesity that is the driver of type 2 diabetes and it’s associated health problems. Indeed too much sugar is the main contributor to obesity. And it was also finally conceded that lowering cholesterol in the normal population does not reduce heart attacks or extend life.
But rather than admit they were wrong, health officialdom is now seeking to demonize sugar.
I have accepted a position as Health Ambassador for Locally Grown Fresh Potatoes. This Irish infographic highlights some interesting facts about the history and nutritional value of potatoes. One serve contains 30% of your daily vitamin C requirements and 25% of your daily potassium. Click the “read more” tab to find out some more info on the humble spud.
Can you believe, its already 2014? This is the time of year for new years resolutions. Many people will have resolutions to do with their health. Unfortunately some of these will be the same as last years and maybe some years before that too. The problem being that by middle to late January great intentions fade and we revert to usual patterns.
The two commonest new years resolutions we make are to lose a few pounds (or kilos) and to get fitter. This seems simple enough so what can get in our way?
The start of the year is when we make resolutions about things we want to change. Many of these concern our health and wellbeing. This infographic shows the top ten resolutions we make. The key to success, whatever your goals may be, is to have a plan and work it. It does not matter if you go off track sometimes so long as you get yourself back on track.
As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect on major events of this year and look to what might happen next year. There have been some major myths exploded this year and I predict there will more to come. It is also fascinating to see the fury with which health authorities have reacted to their dogma being questioned.
In February it was again confirmed that the obesity epidemic has been blown out of proportion. Despite the claims that 66% of the population are overweight or obese and that “something must be done” (which is code for our group needs more government funding) only 16% of the population is actually at any risk of illness related to weight.
If your new year’s resolution is to change careers, get fit and healthy then becoming a personal trainer is the employment path for you. A career as a personal trainer is an incredible way to fulfil your new year’s resolutions of starting a new career, improving your fitness and will reward you with amazing benefits such as work-life balance, flexible hours, social interaction, broad career opportunities and of course, a healthier lifestyle.
It’s no secret that it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to juggle employment, family, socialising and health as office hours continue to infringe evermore on our personal time, so find the work-life balance you have so long desired in the fitness industry and enjoy the perks of working out for “work” as a personal trainer.
Over the weekend I saw an article claiming that 70% of Australians wanted something done about gambling. As usual that “something” is code for government intervention of some description. The end result is generally inconvenience for the majority with no impact on the intended market.
I buy lotto about three times a year and last put $2 on a roulette wheel over 10 years ago so any changes that may be made will not affect me.
However the ongoing “assaults” on gamblers and others whose pastimes are deemed “bad for them” reminds me of these famous words by Martin Niemoller.
Maintaining an ideal weight is critical for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). A healthy weight helps to regulate insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation (two major causes/contributors to PCOS), boost ovulation and regulate the menstrual cycle, improve general wellbeing and reduce the risk of diseases like Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
With the beautiful summer months fast approaching, celebrations and parties to attend and tempting food on offer, how can women with PCOS ensure they don’t gain excess kilos?
These 7 tips will help you to avoid weight gain. In fact, they may even help you to drop fat easier than you thought possible.
When you fill up a bucket to the top with water it will start to overflow. Whilst not a perfect analogy this concept comes to mind when one considers the following two trends. The drug quetiapine (Seroquel) is now the “prescription drug of choice” on the street. There has been an over 200% increase in its prescription rate over the decade to 2011. With all drugs used to affect the mind there will be abuse. The more frequently it is prescribed the bigger the likelihood of this happening.
When one takes a dispassionate look at what is going on in mental health, one would have to say that what we are doing is not working.