Australia: Obesity & Exercise Levels

In Australia one in four children are now considered overweight or obese (Salvaire, 2017). In Western Australia, the state average is 6.1% of children aged two to 17 being classed as obese, with 24.6% of adults being classed as obese. In the area including Secret Harbour (where I live), Baldivis, Singleton, and Golden Bay 61%… Read More

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Overweight & Obese Exercisers: Being Client-Centric

Lauretta Johnnie, a plus-sized personal trainer (PT), states: “Obesity is becoming the new normal.” (2017, p.8). Lauretta gives the reader an insight into why she decided to become a PT and then start her own business geared towards overweight exercisers. She then gives a brief outline of some of the individuals who have taken part… Read More

Pass the Sick Bag: A New Low in Weight Management Therapy

Wow was the politest mono-syllable I could mouth when I read this… A device, known as Aspire Assist, that allows people to empty some of their stomach contents into a toilet after a meal has just got the go ahead from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA, 2016). The (stomach-churning) device is approved for… Read More

What are the Weight Management Experiences of Overweight & Obese RN Personnel?

Research Paper Title Weight Management Experiences of Overweight and Obese Royal Navy Personnel. Abstract Interviews with 21 overweight and obese Royal Navy (RN) personnel were conducted to understand their perceived facilitators and barriers to weight management. It was found that the following themes were perceived as relevant to participants’ weight management experiences in the RN: The naval environment and… Read More

The FTO Gene: What is the Effect on Adiposity, Energy Expenditure & Food Intake?

Research Paper Title The ‘Fat Mass and Obesity Related’ (FTO) Gene: Mechanisms of Impact on Obesity and Energy Balance. Abstract A cluster of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the first intron of the fat mass and obesity related (FTO) gene were the first common variants discovered to be associated with body mass index (BMI) and body fatness. This review summarises… Read More

Long Term Maintenance of Weight Loss with Non-surgical Interventions in Obese Adults

Research Paper Title Long Term Maintenance of Weight Loss with Non-surgical Interventions in Obese Adults: Systematic Review and Meta-analyses of Randomised Controlled Trials. Study Question What is the randomised controlled Evidence for the effectiveness of non-surgical weight interventions for maintenance of weight loss? Summary Answer Behavioural interventions covering both diet and physical activity show small… Read More