Doctor at BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital working hard to tackle Harrow obesity problem

Mr Shaw Somers believes people should stop using fad diets to lose weight

Mr Shaw Somers believes people should stop using fad diets to lose weight

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A Harrow doctor is encouraging people to ditch fad diets in favour of year round healthy eating.

Weight loss expert Shaw Somers, who works at BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital in Sudbury Hill has carried out research which showed that in Harrow 69 per cent of people are obese or know someone who is.

He also discovered that 64 per cent of Harrow residents have been on unsuccessful diets and 71 per cent have lost weight on diets but then put it all back on.

Mr Somers said: “The simple fact is that yo-yo dieting and the latest fad diets are not a long-term solution to maintaining a healthy weight.

“When it comes to weight and issues around obesity the core problem is the imbalance between the energy we take into our body through eating and the energy which is used through physical activity.

“Healthy eating and regular exercise are the best tools we have to tackle this epidemic, yet unfortunately for many people the message simply is being lost in our obsession with ‘yo-yo’ and ‘fad diets’, especially around the New Year.”

Mr Somers has also released a list of his top ten weight loss tips:

1. Watch what you eat – read labels and make sure foods are not high in fat
 

2. Eat slowly
 

3. Stop eating before you feel full – it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full
 

4. Do not eat extra to make up for missed meals
 

5. Use a smaller plate
 

6. Eat high-fibre foods – they release energy more slowly and keep you full for longer
 

7. Keep hydrated – you should drink six to eight glasses of water a day and water helps make you feel full
 

8. Exercise – this burns calories
 

9. Drink less alcohol – it is a source of calories

10. Don't be afraid of hunger

Commenting on the awareness campaign Jan Hale, executive director at BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital, commented: “The awareness campaign organised by our consultants at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital will hopefully drive home the message that we all need to eat healthily and exercise more if we want to avoid obesity.

“It’s often hard for busy families to find the time to be physically active together but we are encouraging them to the make small changes in their daily lives this New Year that will have a hugely positive impact on their overall health.”

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10:27pm Sat 26 Jan 13

spragger says...

I know 100% of the Obese people in my neighbourhood
I know 100% of the Obese people in my neighbourhood spragger
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8:59am Sun 27 Jan 13

jayjoe says...

So private doctor conducts own survey, sends press release to paper which just prints it. Nice way to drum up more business for the doctor and the private hospital where he works.
So private doctor conducts own survey, sends press release to paper which just prints it. Nice way to drum up more business for the doctor and the private hospital where he works. jayjoe
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9:19am Sun 27 Jan 13

Sue Anderson says...

Quite so. Actually Harrow has lower adult obesity levels than the average in England Just under 1 in 5 as opposed to just under 1 in 4.I'm surprised the doctor did not mention sugar as something to reduce.
For great ideas about getting active in Harrow go to http://www.harrow.go
v.uk/info/200087/spo
rt_and_fitness/2075/
healthy_living_in_ha
rrow/3
Quite so. Actually Harrow has lower adult obesity levels than the average in England Just under 1 in 5 as opposed to just under 1 in 4.I'm surprised the doctor did not mention sugar as something to reduce. For great ideas about getting active in Harrow go to http://www.harrow.go v.uk/info/200087/spo rt_and_fitness/2075/ healthy_living_in_ha rrow/3 Sue Anderson
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9:35am Sun 27 Jan 13

Sue Anderson says...

With the national obesity rate being 1 in 4 who are the 39% of people who do not know someone who is obese?
With the national obesity rate being 1 in 4 who are the 39% of people who do not know someone who is obese? Sue Anderson
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9:44am Sun 27 Jan 13

Sue Anderson says...

Oops that should of course be 31%
Oops that should of course be 31% Sue Anderson
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9:51am Sun 27 Jan 13

jande76959 says...

This is the hospital where a consultant sugeon is to face trial accused of the manslaughter of a patient and for perjury for his statement at the inquest into the patient's death as reported in the Harrow Times.
This is the hospital where a consultant sugeon is to face trial accused of the manslaughter of a patient and for perjury for his statement at the inquest into the patient's death as reported in the Harrow Times. jande76959
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8:29pm Sun 27 Jan 13

SeaBee says...

I now someone who knows someone who is obese.
I now someone who knows someone who is obese. SeaBee
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10:18pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Bebs says...

Biscuit anyone? With a nice cup of tea...
Biscuit anyone? With a nice cup of tea... Bebs
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10:51am Mon 28 Jan 13

xyz says...

FYI: Shaw was on Channel 4's Food Hospital. Good series which showed how diet can help where drugs often fail (and without the side effects of drugs).
FYI: Shaw was on Channel 4's Food Hospital. Good series which showed how diet can help where drugs often fail (and without the side effects of drugs). xyz
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3:49pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Cllr Victoria Silver says...

Congratulations Shaw Somers for triggering such an important debate, and so much reader reaction! Harrow's JSNA 2012-16 says 20% of adults in the borough are obese, slightly higher than the London average and increasing. It is time for a 'big' public health campaign that frames choices about what we eat and impacts on health. We can learn from the DoH campaign on smoking that dramatically uses cigaretts with lungs to illustrate the negative health impact.
Congratulations Shaw Somers for triggering such an important debate, and so much reader reaction! Harrow's JSNA 2012-16 says 20% of adults in the borough are obese, slightly higher than the London average and increasing. It is time for a 'big' public health campaign that frames choices about what we eat and impacts on health. We can learn from the DoH campaign on smoking that dramatically uses cigaretts with lungs to illustrate the negative health impact. Cllr Victoria Silver
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7:12pm Mon 28 Jan 13

SeaBee says...

Which cigarettes have lungs?
Which cigarettes have lungs? SeaBee
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7:15pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Bebs says...

Is that a trick question...?
Is that a trick question...? Bebs
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9:31pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Cllr Victoria Silver says...

Whoops! Meant tumours. See here:

http://www.guardian.
co.uk/society/2012/d
ec/28/smokers-graphi
c-ad-campaign-tumour


The ad warns smokers that just 15 cigarettes can lead to a cancerous tumour.
Whoops! Meant tumours. See here: http://www.guardian. co.uk/society/2012/d ec/28/smokers-graphi c-ad-campaign-tumour The ad warns smokers that just 15 cigarettes can lead to a cancerous tumour. Cllr Victoria Silver
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