Emotional Eating: Fact or Fiction?

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Emotional Eating: fact or fiction? Medical research has clearly demonstrated that being overweight or obese is generally unhealthy. However, such an unhealthy state has less to do with your total body mass than it has to do with abdominal or visceral obesity. In plain language, it’s how much ‘tummy fat’ you have that actually determines […]

I’ll Never Forget Whatshisname?

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  I’ll Never Forget Whatshisname? I spent quite a bit of time recently on an online series entitled, Awakening from Alzheimer’s presented by author and journalist Peggy Sarlin. Ms Sarlin took it upon herself to interview 12 or so experts in the field of neurodegenerative disorders, with a special focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) which […]

Debunking Obesity Myths

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The problem South Africans are getting heavier and sicker. Obesity has become a modern day global pandemic that is contributing to deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) –  such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and dementia – at a faster rate than ever before. It is predicted that by […]

Not all carbs are created equal

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Are carbs really so bad for you? You can’t go too far nowadays without hearing about a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet. The question that many are asking is – are carbs really so bad for you? The short answer is… it’s complicated. It really depends on the kinds of carbs you’re consuming. Carbohydrates […]

Building Resilience

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This week we are going to take a look at resilience from the perspective of the acronym PUSH-IN that I developed. Resilience is all about the positive aspect of failure – it’s all about getting back into the saddle – about keeping on keeping on. Persevere The letter P in the acronym PUSH-IN stands for […]

The Metabolic Syndrome

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It is estimated that one in every four South Africans suffers from Metabolic Syndrome. In this introductory post, I briefly explore this growing pandemic: what is it; something on the causes and its prevalence; how to identify it and a bit on the resources available to manage this condition more effectively.  What is Metabolic Syndrome? Identified about 20 […]

Hit a Weightloss Plateau? What to do about it

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It is quite common for people on a weightloss programme to ‘hit a plateau’ at some stage or another. Some will get quite desperate even blaming the programme and saying things like, “this programme has stopped working” or “my metabolism must have slowed down so much that I can’t lose any more weight.” And so […]

Podcast: Depression and Antidepressants

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The title of this week’s podcast is Depression and Antidepressants: opening Pandora’s box. The term ‘Opening Pandora’s box’ is defined as ‘to start something that causes many new and unexpected problems’ (www.thefreedictionary.com). As the articles I write are almost always focused on metabolic syndrome, which on the surface does not appear to include depression, you […]

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Depression and Obesity – Opening Pandora’s Box

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According to thefreedictionary.com ‘Opening Pandora’s box’ has been defined as ‘to start something that causes many new and unexpected problems’. It turns out that there is a significant and reciprocal relationship between depression and obesity. It is also fair to say that many people who have been diagnosed with some form of depression are also […]