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Posts tagged “Obesity”

Think tank argues that sugar should be treated in the same way as smoking

A UK think tank has suggested that sugar consumption should be treated in the same way as smoking, in a bid to clamp down on public health issues, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and childhood decay.

In the last decade, every effort has been made to discourage people from smoking, and initiatives like prohibiting public smoking, adding warnings to packaging, banning advertising and selling cigarettes in plain boxes, have all had an extremely positive impact. In 2017, the number of smokers in England hit an all-time low.

Based on the success of measures enforced over the last 10 years, the Institute for Public Policy Research has compiled a new report, which suggests that sugary foods should be sold in plain packaging. Tom Kibasi, director of IPPR, believes that eliminating alluring wrappers and labels would help parents to resist “pester power.” The think tank would like to see this move introduced as part of a wider range of initiatives, including a ban on junk food advertising.

Representatives from the food and drink industry have been quick to respond to the report. The Food and Drink Federation suggested that branding represents a “fundamental commercial freedom,” which is vital for competition. Similar arguments were put forward by leading tobacco companies, but the government stood firm and it remains to be seen what kinds of measures will be introduced surrounding the promotion of sugary foods in the future.

A sugar tax has already been enforced on fizzy drinks, but with rates of obesity and childhood decay increasing, many health experts believe that more forceful action needs to be taken to reduce sugar consumption, especially among children. The latest research indicates that the average teenager in England consumers three-times the recommended intake of sugar.

A London Dentist Can Help To Halt Your Sleep Apnoea

Sleep is that beautiful time when your body shuts down and you re-generate for the next day ahead….well that’s the idea and it will indeed if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

However, sleep for lots of people in London can also be a very dangerous scenario if you fit into some of the following scenarios: – Are you a heavy drinker? Are you a smoker? Are you obese? Do you take lots of medication? Well if you do identify with any of these, you could well be treading the dangerous waters of sleep apnoea.

Why is Apnoea so dangerous?

When you go to sleep, the brain, heart and lungs clock-in and automatically set about running your system, but if your airways are blocked for any reason, this will overload this system and to compensate, all of these three organs will become strained and that’s where apnoea sets in.

Over time, such strain will end up with you dying because the organs can’t cope anymore; your heart will especially be the one to suffer. If you are any of the above scenarios and you snore badly, you are at danger. But once you have identified this problem, your dentists/orthodontists are the crew to turn to for salvation. They can kit you out with devices that will help free-up your breathing when you sleep with breathing apparatuses or jaw splints.

Eventually you will need to go that extra mile and address your lack of fitness, your smoking, your drinking and your medication and these people can help you here as well and proffer guidance so that you can tackle any of these issues; it won’t be easy, but it may just save your life.

Baker Street

Dental Clinic

Dr Watson Chambers 102 Baker Street London, W1U 6FY

020 8563 8063

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9 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LP

0207 247 7151

Earls Court

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221 - 225 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, Kensington London SW5 0EA

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34 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DT

0207 278 6362