Is it a Tardis or a Health Assessment?

If you spot a space-age contraption littering your reception area, there is every chance your company has joined the craze for health kiosks. These all-in-one devices allow staff to self-test for a variety of factors and then produce an actionable plan on how to manage any conditions they detect, and includes: Blood pressure; Weight; BMI;… Read More

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What are the Associations between Active Commuting, Body Fat & BMI?

Research Paper Title Associations between Active Commuting, Body Fat, and Body Mass Index: Population Based, Cross Sectional Study in the United Kingdom. Objective To determine if promotion of active modes of travel is an effective strategy for obesity prevention by assessing whether active commuting (walking or cycling for all or part of the journey to… Read More

Women & Breakfast

A survey in Australia has discovered that many socioeconomically disadvantaged women do not eat breakfast (1). The authors think that this must be bad for these women, and they find that breakfast skipping is associated with a lack of nutritional knowledge in general. The authors conclude that “programs that aim to promote breakfast consumption in… Read More

Parental BMI & Childhood Obesity: Is There A Link?

Research Paper Title Assortative Weight Gain in Mother–daughter and Father–son Pairs: An Emerging Source of Childhood Obesity. Longitudinal Study of Trios (EarlyBird 43). Objective To look for same-sex (gender assortative) association of body mass index (BMI) in healthy trios (mother, father and child) from a contemporary birth cohort, which might imply shared environment rather than… Read More

What is the Link between Adiposity & Cardiometabolic Disease?

A genetic predisposition to obesity is randomly allocated, and mendelian randomisation studies exploit this natural experiment to find out if well established associations between obesity and disease are likely to be causal. The latest study used a genetic variation that increases body mass index (BMI) by 0.36 unit per allele. In analyses pooling 36 observational… Read More

Child Obesity: Shared Care Model

Research Paper Title Shared Care Obesity Management in 3-10 Year Old Children: 12 Month Outcomes of HopSCOTCH Randomised Trial. Study Question Does a shared care model of obesity management, involving primary care and tertiary care obesity specialists, result in better body masss index (BMI) and related outcomes in obese children aged 3-10 years? Summary Answer… Read More