Malnutrition Awareness Week

Last week was the first UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.  And I don’t mean malnutrition in developing nations or in war torn countries.  Malnutrition is a huge issue in the UK and Europe.  It surprises people that malnutrition in developed nations cost more per year than the effects of obesity.  The most recent estimate is £19.6…

Does focusing on obesity in a health campaign have a negative side?

Have you seen the OB_S_TY campaign by Cancer UK? It caused quite a stir in nutrition circles when it was launched.  I wrote most of this back when it launched but didn’t hit publish button.  The focus on weight and health in isolation still bothers me so this is post remains very relevant.  I know…

Do you know someone with cancer?

I found out recently that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer.  It is not the first time that a friend of mine has been through the mill (she came out the other side and is fit and healthy several years later- hooray) and I have seen friends cope with family members or close friends…

Fat and MS

Fat and MS There are diets out there that claim to do wonders to halt the progression of MS centred on modifying fat in the diet e.g. the Swank diet.  The central principle is strictly limiting saturated fat and eating more polyunsaturated fats, maybe taking supplements. It is quite logical to consider that fats may…

Parkinson’s Disease Eating Well Talk

Last Saturday I went along to the Aylesbury Parkinson’s Disease support group and gave a presentation on eating well.  I think it was a much appreciated session, there were lots of questions and people seemed to be very grateful for the information. Hydration is a big problem.  There are so many reasons why something as…

Eating Well 2 – Fruit and veg

It’s been a while since Eating Well 1.  It’s about time I did the next installment.  I think most people have heard the 5-a-day mantra yet many of us struggle to get 5 portions. What is so good about fruit and veg?  How do they positively affect our health?  In reality there is no one…

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – PCOS

Can the way PCOS sufferers eat help to manage the symptoms and effects of the syndrome?  Before exploring the answer, a quick summary of PCOS.  The symptoms vary from woman to woman and can change over time.  The most common ones are:  weight gain particularly around the middle; increased hairiness on the face and other areas; thinning hair: oily…