In the news: Crash diet prescriptions and obesity costing ‘4 years of life’

Date: 01/11/2018 Written by: Rosie 2 minutes to read.
Obesity research review

Obesity is one of the biggest issues in today's society and has been the subject of quite a few articles over the past couple of weeks. To save you the time of looking yourself, we have brought them all together here and given a brief overview of each one.

Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals

A new study has suggested that a “sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease”. The study involving over a hundred thousand patients found that those who did not perform well in the exercise tests “have almost double the risk of people with kidney failure on dialysis”.

The report’s authors have urged people who lead a sedentary lifestyle to “demand a prescription from your doctor for exercise”.

Read more:


NHS should prescribe crash diet replacing meals with shakes and nutrition bars to tackle obesity, scientists say

Back in September, Oxford University researchers reported that “total meal replacement diets helped obese patients lose “nearly four times as much weight as those told to eat healthily and cut calories”.

Past fears of ‘crash diets’ is the notion that fast weight loss will result in fast weight gain. However, this study has suggested that it is possible to keep the weight off. The study involved 278 patients over a 12-month time period. At the end of the scheme, the participants had lost “an average 10.7kg” compared to an average weight loss of 3.5kg for those “who received their GP’s standard weight loss programme”.

Read more:

Rise in women having induced labours, NHS figures show

Recent figures from NHS Digital have revealed that “nearly one in three pregnant women In England is having labour induced”. 10 years ago, only one in five labours were induced. Experts have commented saying that the “rising numbers of older and overweight women giving birth is behind the trend”

As obesity continues to rise, more women “are likely to have bigger babies” which not only leads to more inductions but are “more likely to have pre-existing problems” such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Read more:


Being too fat or too thin 'can cost four years of life'

A new study - one of the biggest studies of its kind, involving “nearly 2 million people” - has suggested that “being overweight or underweight” could shorten your life by 4 years. However, the author of the report, Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran, has stated that not everybody in the “healthy category is at the lowest risk of disease”.

Body Mass Index (BMI) has been the go-to measurement regarding weight for many years, with this study basing its findings on this index. However, some experts have “questioned” whether “BMI is an accurate way of analysing a person’s health”.

Read more:

You might also like

We create meaningful digital products that connect with people and make positive change possible.

Home of the changemakers.

We just need a bit more info

* indicates required

Marketing Permissions

Social Change will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:

Marketing preferences

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Project Planner