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More than 50 patients in Denton,

Manchester - many with diabetes - took

part in a 12-week trial designed to help

them shed pounds and significantly

improve their health. The results found an

average weight loss of 20lb and:

• 72% reported a decrease in appetite

• 65% said they have more energy and

are more mobile

• 57% described a rise in levels of

confidence and less anxiety.

The study is an initiative between

Tameside and Glossop Integrated

Healthcare Trust and the creators of

Slimpod, a clinically proven system that

retrains the brain, via an app, to change

people's eating habits to make healthier

choices, eat less and move more.

See more about Slimpod CLICK HERE.


A report to tackle childhood obesity states

that eating should be banned on public

transport and extra taxes placed on

unhealthy foods. As reported by the BBC,

England's outgoing chief medical officer,

Dame Sally Davies, also called for tighter

rules on advertising and takeaways.

The proportion of obese and overweight

children has doubled in the past 30

years, with approximately a third obese or

overweight by the age of 11 in England

- with a minority but growing number

classed as severely obese. Dame Sally

put forward several measures in the

report, including:

• Phasing out all marketing, advertising,

and sponsorship of unhealthy food and


• Banning food and drink on local

transport with exceptions for water,

breast-feeding and medical conditions

• Changing planning rules to make it

harder to open fast-food takeaways

• Extending the sugar tax to include milkbased drinks

• Adding VAT to unhealthy food products

that are currently zero-rated, such as


• Capping calories in the food served

out of the home to combat rising portion


The recommendation banning eating

and drinking on public transport gained

a lot of attention. While aimed at school

children on local transport, the ban will

also apply to adults - Dame Sally wants

them to model good behaviour. The

government in England published its

last obesity strategy in 2018. The goal

is to halve rates by 2030. None of Dame

Sally's recommendations are part of the

current measures. Health Secretary Matt

Hancock said ministers would study the

recommendations "closely".

Chris Askew, Chief Executive at

Diabetes UK, commented on the report

saying, "This is an urgent and ambitious

call to action. The government has

committed to halving childhood obesity

by 2030, but their action so far has been

insufficient. Today's report shows what

must be done to tackle this issue now. It

is a fact that being overweight or obese

significantly increases your risk of Type

2 diabetes. It is incredibly concerning

that there are now nearly 7000 children

and young adults with Type 2 diabetes

when, historically, this is a condition that

was only seen in older people. The bold

and decisive recommendations outlined

mean that this report cannot be ignored.

The government must be brave and take

urgent actions to affect the change we all

want and need." Read more HERE.



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