Friday, May 26, 2017

Health and beauty. What is it?

In December 2016, the year-on-year sales of the Health and Beauty sectors had grown 5.7%* on the previous years record breaking £4bn, making it the fastest growing retail category. The words health and beauty is often joined together, forming the term ‘health and beauty’. The term is also closely associated with wellness and wellbeing.

So, what is health and beauty? It is clearly an umbrella term that is used by many people to signify a multitude of things. Another aspects of the term that needs considering is: is health and beauty purely physical (internal and external) or does it include mental and spiritual health? In this article we will include all the above aspects of health and beauty.

The journey in pursuit of health and beauty usually requires a considerable investment of time (perhaps for the rest of a persons life), physical effort and mental will power and a financial input of varying amounts.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

25 life lessons from centenarians


A new infographic presents 25 life lessons from people who lived past the age of 100.

The centenarians comment's included:

“Age is in the mind. If I tell myself, I have to continue growing and functioning. That's the only antidote for age.
Kurt Douglas 100

“Always be optimistic, never better, and always be polite with people.”
Luiginia Vigiconte 101

“Don't drink don't smoke don't retire.”
Ebby Halliday 101

“I may give out, but I never give up.”
Richard Arvin Overton 109

“I feel that people should learn to be optimistic because life goes on, and sometimes favourable surprises come out of the blue....”
Irving Kahn 106

‘Three cans of Miller High Life a day and a shot of good booze at 5pm”.
Agnes Fenton 110

“Mind your own business and don't eat junk food. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, work hard and love what you do.”
Bessie Cooper 116


Friday, May 19, 2017

Fat and healthy?

Many of us, myself included, have heard people say “I’m fat, but that doesn’t mean I’m not healthy; I am healthy”, or words to that effect. This argument has been disputed by a University of Birmingham study (presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto Portugal) that concluded that it is not possible to be overweight and healthy.

The electronic GP health records of 3.5 million adults between 1995 and 2015 were analysed. All participants were initially free from the metabolic abnormalities: diabetes, high blood pressure and abnormal blood fats [hyperlipidemia]. Metabolically healthy obese individuals were then defined as those participants that did not have any of the aforementioned abnormalities.

Researchers then investigated whether the risk of developing either coronary heart disease, a stroke, heart failure or peripheral vascular disease (PVD) was different for normal weight people versus people in the metabolically healthy obesity group. The results showed that “metabolically healthy” obese people are still at a higher risk of heart disease or a stroke than those within the normal weight range.

When compared with individuals of normal weight, overweight participants had increased risk of coronary heart disease (50%), increased risk of a stroke (7%) and double the risk of heart failure.

Lead researcher Dr Rishi Caleyachetty said:

“Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals.

“The priority of health professionals should be to promote and facilitate weight loss among obese persons, regardless of the presence or absence of metabolic abnormalities.”

He also argued that the term “metabolically healthy obesity, was misleading and should be changed, because it is not a harmless condition.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

To The Women Who Gained Weight In College


To The Women Who Gained Weight In College: A blog post by Kenia Calderon:

This is for all the women who are learning to love themselves after gaining weight.

I love seeing women show their before and after pictures after losing their unwanted weight. However, I think we also need to see women show their progress in other forms of self love.

Over the past three years I’ve gained more weight than ever before. At the beginning I hated the way I was starting to look, but at the time I could do nothing about it. My battle with depression had returned, and I was busy with school, work, and meetings from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. I was too busy keeping myself sane and alive. 
My health continued to deteriorate. I’d never been one to eat extreme amounts of junk food so it was clear this was something much bigger than I could handle on my own.

At first, comments like “oh, you look different,” “you seem a little chunkier lately,” and my favourite one, “I have a diet you could try,” made me feel insecure and ashamed. .....

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Friday, May 12, 2017

France bans 'unrealistic' beauty




A new law means that French models will have to have a doctor's certificate detailing their body mass index (BMI), which compares weight in relation to height health.

The French health ministry has stated that the objective behind the law is to confront head on, the issues of eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty. Anorexia affects between 30,000 to 40,000 people in France, 90% of whom are women.

In addition digitally altered photos will need to be clearly labelled from 1 October. Manipulated images
(where a model's appearance has been altered) must be marked ‘photographie retouchée’ (English: retouched photograph).

Regarding BMI, the new law does not set a yes/no criteria, instead it put the onus on doctors to decide whether a model is too thin; taking into account their weight, age, and body shape.

Employers breaking the law could face fines of up to 75,000 euros (£63,500; $82,000) and up to six months in jail.

"Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that can impact health-related behaviour," said France's Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Marisol Touraine, in a statement on the matter.

France’s legislation on underweight models follows similar laws in Italy, Spain and Israel.


Monday, May 08, 2017

Embracing being 7ft 7

Paul Sturgess from Loughborough is officially Britain's tallest man. He is also in the Guinness book of records for being the tallest professional basketball player (five years), which has given him opportunities to play with the World famous Harlem Globetrotters (three years).

Standing 7 foot 7 (and a little bit) tall, Paul weighs 25 stones and eats approximately 7000 calories a day when training. He takes a size 19 shoe which are difficult to source; he is forced to spend time searching for footwear online. Clothes are easier to find as he spends a lot of his time in America, which has a large number of tall people, thus allowing him to buy clothes off the rack. Paul’s associations with basketball have also provided opportunities for team sponsorship; he is sent clothes and other products.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning Paul said:

“[Some things] are quite difficult for me, but I take the negatives with the positives”.

Apart from shoes, negatives of being 7ft 7 include not been able to drive in the UK (he has been unable to find a driving instructor with a car big enough to take lessons in), going through doorways and showering.

Positives include i) basketball which has allowed him to travel all over the world (38 countries) and America (every state) to play exhibition basketball, ii) being regularly upgraded to business class when travelling on aeroplanes and iii) most people being welcoming and wanting to know about him.

"I am really really proud of who I am”, he said, “and obviously the height makes me that. I'm actually using my height to go into primary schools to do basketball with the kids and assemblies where I talk about anti-bullying and healthy eating. So it's easy for me to use my height to portray a positive message”.

Looking ahead to when his basketball career comes to an end Paul is actively looking at expanding his options and is contemplating acting; he join an agency a few weeks ago.

This is a great example of someone embracing his his/her body and moving forward with a positive attitude.


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Loose Women -MyBodyMyStory

ITV’s Loose Women have taken a photo wearing swimwear in support of the #MyBodyMyStory  campaign.

The un-airbrushed, unfiltered photograph, taken by singer-songwriter and photographer Bryan Adams, can be seen on billboards around the country. The stated objective behind the image is to encourage women to love their bodies and accept their flaws, whatever their age or size.

Commenting on the project Bryan Adams said: “It was a funny thing to get a call and be asked to do this… and what I thought was interesting about the brief was, they wanna be natural, they don't want any retouching, and they want it to be real, and I thought, ‘Ok! that sounds really good!’ So the fact that all of the women were all being really honest about how they are, I thought, ‘Well that's great.’”

Comments from some of the Loose Women featured in the photograph include:

Host Andrea McLean: “I hope people see the pictures for what they are; real women, not edited or airbrushed, letting their body tell their story. Since the shoot my confidence has really increased.”

Nadia Sawalha: “I have wasted more time than I can to think of over my body issues. I’ve always hated being naked. I felt quite panic stricken at the thought of getting my body out in front of myself never mind a rock god! Stepping into the studio in my bra and pants was beyond cringe. There I was stretch marks, cellulite and all the battle scars of life for all to see with the knowledge that there would be zero airbrushing.”

Janet Street-Porter spoke of her part in the pictures. She explained: “It’s really important to do this campaign because I want women all over Britain to learn to love their body. Our bodies are brilliant – it’s your weapon!”

Coleen Nolan revealed: “I hope other women with body shapes like mine feel they can also be proud of themselves - there's no perfect person in the world - we all come in different ages, shapes and sizes and life is too short to spend it hating yourself because you not a size 8 or 21 anymore.”