Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

Welsh Health Survey

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Well I couldn’t not mention, the results of the latest Welsh Health Survey on our blog. The good news is that the figures reveal there has been a decrease in drinking levels in Wales. The latest survey found that 42% of adults reported drinking above the guidelines on at least one day in the past [...]

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Our health system is at risk if childhood obesity continues to rise….

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Once again, the perils of childhood obesity are making headlines. We already know that children who are obese are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. It also puts children at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, and the most recent study from the University of Pristina, in Kosovo, shows [...]

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Resolutions should be for life not just for New Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Every January, promises are made to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, eat more fruit and vegetables and become fitter. A New Year means a New You, but after a few weeks of good intentions, old habits return. Unfortunately for 94% of the Welsh nation, this means a return to lifestyle choices that are detrimental to [...]

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Diabetes in Wales on the rise

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Figures released by Diabetes UK Cymru have revealed that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Wales has risen by 7,000 in the past year. This is an astonishing figure. Through the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), a process is in place which means patients in the very early stages of diseases are actively [...]

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Welsh Health Survey Published

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The latest survey results have been published and make for depressing reading.   The survey tells us that 34% of children were estimated to be overweight or obese, including 19% obese. Compare this to last year, where the survey reported 33% of children were estimated to be overweight or obese, including 16% obese, and we [...]

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The Welsh Health Survey

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The new Welsh Health survey data makes for worrying reading. There has been a rise in the number of children classified as overweight or obese. These soaring rates in obesity over recent years has lead to an increase in childhood type II diabetes and will lead to more future cases of heart disease, osteoarthritis and [...]

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Another Government Strategy Launched…..

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I have been reading the physical activity action plan which has been launched this week, with the aim to achieve an active, healthy and inclusive Wales. We support the call for increased participation in physical activity in Wales and in particular it becoming part of a normal everyday routine. I hope that the strategy will [...]

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Chief Medical Officer for Wales publishes Annual Report

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Wales’ Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Jewell, has today published his annual report which looks at different methods of prevention to ensure the long-term health of the nation, including immunisation, screening and education. He warns that preventing disease and illness is the key to a healthy future generation. I welcome this report and agree with [...]

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Less talk, more action!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

First Minister Rhodri Morgan, has voiced his fears for a “toxic generation” of children who play computer games and eat junk food. I share his concerns, and fear that we are in danger of raising a generation of children burdened with long term chronic health conditions. Soaring rates in obesity have lead to an increase [...]

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Schools in Wales have a key part to play in our obesity battle

Friday, September 4th, 2009

This campaign to get schools more involved in improving our health and fitness and in turn, hopefully helping to tackle obesity, really is a great idea. Currently schools in Wales are perhaps something of an on under-used resource, with many closing their doors after 4pm on school days, not to mention being out of bounds [...]

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Childhood obesity – prevention is better than cure

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I fully support this article by Sustrans Cymru. To maintain good health and keep obesity at bay and other serious illnesses in later life, it is recommended that children have at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day, such as brisk walking, running, or cycling. But, research suggests that currently only around half of [...]

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Clear link between increased rates of diabetes and obesity

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A new report into increased rates of diabetes illustrates a clear link between type 2diabetes and obesity. The rate at which the condition has gone up is really quite staggering, 74% over a six year period. As well as the link between more people being over-weight and more people being diagnosed with the condition, another [...]

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