Weight Loss

Being overweight or obese can present a serious threat to our health. In regard to our relationship with food God wants to empower so that we overcome our unhelpful thinking and are set free from the emotional attachments which could cause us to eat inappropriately. He wants us to have a ‘Spirit-controlled’ appetite.

Comfort eating and Stress

Earlier this week I was sat in a restaurant and found myself trying to read (backwards) some words etched onto the glass of the window I was sat opposite. Adjacent to this window was a table with a menu on which was written in huge writing ‘DESSERTS’. Perhaps because of the way my brain had…

Should obesity be seen as a disability?

On 18th December 3014 it was reported in our mediua that European judges have ruled obesity can be classed as a “disability” if it makes it harder for obese adults to do their job.It means UK firms will have to take “reasonable” steps to stop larger workers being disadvantaged. These could include bigger seats or…

10 ways to talk to your child about weight

The following article is by Kathryn Westcott, writing in the BBC news magazine.  It contains a lot of good sound common sense about this topical subject.   Former Education secretary Michael Gove’s nine-year-old daughter has been withdrawn from her ballet classes over fears she was becoming worried about her weight. So how exactly do you…

Blame the parents….!!

My Mum was an excellent cook, which was just as well as she and my father ran a seaside hotel which boasted ‘all home-cooked meals’. So we didn’t just have a Sunday joint, but joints every day of the week! Turkey and fresh salmon all on one day wasn’t bad for the early 1950s when…

Introducing Stop Dieting ~ Start Living’s new support personnel

We have recently joined the Fit for Life Forever team to provide support for the “Stop Dieting & Start Living” course. It was great meeting so many people at the Sandown CRE in early May and having discussions about the possible application of the course within their local communities and the level of support that…

Obesity, satiety and speed-eating

When I was growing up my parents owned a small hotel by the seaside and I was required to do the waitressing. I quite liked the job (which earned me tips and pocket money!) but it meant that I had to fit my own eating into a very small window – either in the five…

Lack of sleep and weight gain

Sleep deprivation and weight gain Studies over the years have shown that people who sleep less tend to weigh more.  This is because sleep deprivation can lead to a combination of increased caloric intake and reduced activity. Although science says there’s a very strong link between lack of sleep and weight gain it hasn’t yet…

Should we use the ‘O’ word?

Last month the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued draft guidelines suggesting that doctors should not blame patients for being fat. Doctors are even being told that they should avoid the use of the term ‘obese’ for fear that larger patients might be upset. Instead, NICE recommends that corpulent patients should be…

Very Low Calorie Diets And Diabetes

Most of us know that losing weight by conventional diet and exercise plans is difficult, and just as many of us know that keeping that weight off in the long term through diet and exercise alone is almost impossible. This is not a new concept – about fifty years ago a Dr Stunkard who was…

Pills And Potions That Pile On The Pounds

Pills and potions can be wonderful things. They ease pain, eliminate infection, lift mood, reduce indigestion, reduce blood pressure, or with the right dose and combination, can have just about any other effect on the human body that it is possible to have. They make my job considerably easier and it is often tempting to…

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