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Obesity treatment : Articles and features

Our articles and features are written by some of the UK's leading consultants, dentists, medical professionals and healthcare writers.

  • Why certain hormones affect body weight lose weight graduallyObesity is not always the result of over eating; it is often the result of a hormone disorder. In this article Claudia Louch of the Harley Street Nutrition Clinic explains the role of leptin in...
  • Healthy eating Happy health insurance customersNo single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy and function efficiently. The nutritional value of a person's diet depends on the overall balance of foods that is...
  • Childhood obesity – the facts Girl eating healthilyChildhood obesity is a major problem in the UK, as it is in much of the developing world. The most recent figures published in December 2009 show that 22.8% of reception children and 32.6% of year 6...
  • Weight management - How to keep it off Women exercisingFor many people losing weight is just half the battle. After working really hard to lose it they find that they simply put it straight back on again as soon as they stop 'dieting'. So how do you keep...
  • Weight loss programmes - how to choose one to suit you Obesity scalesThere is a huge range of different weight loss plans or programmes that you can choose from, and although any particular one can't be named as the best or most successful weight loss programme,...
  • Gastric bypass - an effective way to lose weight? Obesity risk factor in oesophagus cancerA gastric bypass is an operation performed on obese people to greatly decrease the size of the stomach, resulting in less food being consumed and fewer calories absorbed. It is a last resort option...
  • Obesity in the UK Obesity risk factor in oesophagus cancerObesity in the UK is a growing problem. The increase in poor quality convenience foods, the prevalence of labour-saving technology, increased car use and more people doing sedentary jobs, means that...
  • Why is losing weight so difficult? Women exercisingIn theory, controlling your weight is a simple matter of mathematics. If you eat more calories than you burn through exercise and daily living, you will put on weight. If you eat fewer calories than...
  • Is lap band surgery safe? Obese manWhat is lap band surgery? Lap band surgery, also known as gastric banding, is used to aid weight loss in obese patients who have failed to lose weight by conventional means. During lap band surgery...
  • Duodenal switch surgery – how does it work? Duodenal switch surgery – how does it work?Duodenal switch surgery works by reducing stomach size at the same time as reducing the length of the digestive tract. The overall effect is to make it difficult to eat large amounts and food,...
  • Is gastric bypass surgery safe? ObesityWhat is gastric bypass surgery? Gastric bypass surgery is similar to gastric banding in the way it divides the stomach to create a small pouch at the top. However, instead of the food passing...
  • Obesity treatment: Are we getting fatter? Obesity scalesObesity can increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoarthritis, cancer and gall stones - as well as cause depression and low self esteem. Despite warnings,...
  • Stomach Banding - is it right for me? Obese - zip fasteningThere's no denying the effectiveness of a gastric band. Most patients fitted with one can expect to lose around 50% of their excess weight within the first two years. However, it is far from a quick...
  • Fast weight loss - a good idea? Women exercisingFast weight loss plans can work in the short term, but they very rarely last in the long term. People find that once they've lost the extra weight using a fast weight loss plan they put it straight...
  • Understanding food labels Happy health insurance customersMany snack foods are advertised or packaged as healthy options because they are reduced fat or low fat but they don't mention the actual fat or calorie content, or whether it is lower in fat than the...
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