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The fitness industry has exploded over the last few years. And with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men in the UK deemed physically inactive and with lack of physical activity costing the NHS almost £1 billion a year, anything that encourages us to move our bodies more is certainly welcomed. But as with any booming industry, there are those who seek to exploit it which in part has led to so much confusion as well as unrealistic expectations in what we can achieve. Whether it’s that perfect six pack on magazine covers or gym instructors shouting at us for not burning off all the calories we ate over the weekend, have we taken things too far and lost sight of the purpose of exercise in the context of health and happiness? Do any of us really even understand how to exercise effectively? Joining me to help clear up some of the biggest fitness myths is Personal Trainer James Smith.
Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer, and it is predicted that one in two of us will be diagnosed at some point in our lives. But there is hope, with new pioneering ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, over the past 40 years survival has doubled and today half of us will survive the disease. Interestingly, 4 in 10 UK cancers are thought of as preventable through lifestyle changes, and although a healthy lifestyle doesn’t guarantee us a life free of illness, it certainly puts the odds in our favour! Joining me to unravel the causes of cancer and explore ways we may be able to prevent it is Dr Sam Godfrey from Cancer Research UK, who’s PhD in Biochemistry and Cancer immunotherapy makes him perfectly placed to share exactly why we haven’t cured cancer just yet!
There is so much pressure these days to be the ‘perfect’ parent. From preparing the best packed lunch in the playground, to getting disapproving looks from when breastfeeding in public – it must feel like its impossible to get it right! And whilst it’s true that the nutritional needs of a child differ somewhat from our own, I truly believe that finding an approach that works for the whole family is key for helping our children to develop healthy relationships with food. Joining me to share all the best tips and tricks on feeding our children well and navigating nutrition as a family is Registered Nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed.
Some of us can definitely say we have a sweet tooth. Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, cookies, lollies or fizzy drinks, our world is filled with intensely pleasurable sweet treats. In the UK, we are consuming more than double the recommended amount of sugar. We’re surrounded by it, not only in its pure form but also in foods we’re told are healthy. Like it or lump it, few of us get through the day without adding sugar to our daily diet. Some call it “toxic” and “poisonous” while others say its “essential for energy, so joining me to help us understand just how much of an impact sugar has on us is Dr Kawther Hashem, Registered Nutritionist and Campaign Lead for Action on Sugar.
I wonder if you think you know what the world’s biggest killer is? Smoking, cancer, road accidents? You might be surprised to hear that it is in fact heart disease. According to the World Health Organisation, over 18 million people die from it every single year, that’s over 30% of all global deaths. But how do we know if we are at risk of heart disease, and do we have any control over reducing this risk? To help answer these critical questions and hopefully help save lives is Professor Martin Cowie, Consultant Cardiologist at Imperial College London.
Although we can’t always see it, it seems we can’t avoid it. Pollution is increasingly cited as one of the world’s biggest threats to health. It’s there when we step outside for some supposed ‘fresh air’, it’s present throughout our commute to work, it can even be found in our very own homes. So, should we fear pollution and is there really anything we can do to avoid it? Joining me to understand more about the real impact of pollution is Dr Matthew Loxham, a fellow in Respiratory Biology and Air Pollution Toxicology at the University of Southampton.
We all have good days and bad days; we all have foods we like more, or like less. But is there a connection between feeling a certain way and the foods we have eaten?
Joining me to share the latest research is Dr Aria, a chartered psychologist specialising in the relationship between food and the brain. As a doctor in clinical psychology, a mindfulness specialist and an expert in the fields of behaviour change and long-term health, Dr Aria has developed a science-based method to help people achieve and maintain a healthy mind and body they feel good about.
As scientists increasingly discover the central role that gut bacteria play in our overall health, it’s tempting to believe the seemingly daily headlines suggesting the next gut wonder foods to revitalise everything from your weight to mental wellbeing. But, the science has a way to go before we know exactly what nutrition is best for your gut, so joining me to help translate exactly what we know today is Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and Consultant Physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. Tim leads the largest microbiome project in the UK, which makes him ideally placed to sift fact from fiction on gut health’s wonder foods, probiotics, prebiotics and exactly what changes to your diet can genuinely boost your health.
With the constantly changing landscape in nutrition, it’s hard to know which information is accurate. Everywhere we look we are bombarded by conflicting messages about food, stipulating what we should and shouldn’t be eating. New diets hit the headlines on a daily basis, we are made to question whether gluten is good or bad for us and see foods being disguised as healthy despite their alarmingly high sugar content. The list is endless! I believe that we all have the right to make our own decisions around the foods we choose to eat. We should be armed with the knowledge to look past these sensationalist media messages in order to make informed choices. Joining me today to uncover the truth behind some of the confusion is Jenny Rosborough, Registered Nutritionist and Head of Nutrition for Jamie Oliver. Having worked in both the public health and commercial side of the food industry, Jenny is perfectly placed to advise on how to navigate the world of food marketing!
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