debunking-obesity

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 […]

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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 […]

High Blood Pressure

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Are You Living With The Silent Killer? I would like to start this podcast by telling you a story about a friend of mine who recently had a health scare –I’ll call him AJ. AJ has always believed that his blood pressure was normal but a few weeks ago he suffered a mild stroke and […]

Heliotherapy & Vitamin D

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For many years we have been told to avoid sunlight, especially between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00. Our weather forecasts often  include information on  prevailing  UV radiation levels in order to caution us against being overexposed to the rays of the sun. In this podcast I’m going to take a brief look at the […]

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Get Moving: Exercise Pt 2

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In the last blog post ‘Get Moving: Exercise Pt 1‘ we answered the question about how much exercise adults really need. In this post we continue that discussion. General Muscle-Strengthening Exercises With the Progress option we are going to add some general muscle-strengthening exercises to your programme. These exercises should be done TWICE a week. […]