Why we gain weight and what to do about it

We’ve all heard about the global ‘obesity epidemic’. The statistics are truly alarming. In the USA in 2009-10, more than 2 in 3 adults were overweight or obese, and more than 1 in 3 were obese. In the UK and Ireland in 2015, 62.9% of adults were overweight or obese, and obesity among adults rose from 14.9% to 26.9% between 1993 and 2015. If current trends continue, obesity is predicted to affect 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women and 25% of children by 2050. Continue reading “Why we gain weight and what to do about it”

Why genes are not the whole story for health

In recent years, there has been a lot of emphasis upon the genetic causes of disease, particularly the chronic diseases that are wreaking havoc upon older populations in the developed world, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others. The implicit promise of the Human Genome Project was that this would be a paradigm shift for medicine because the sequencing of the complete human genome would pave the way to understanding the root causes of diseases, and then it would be possible through genetic engineering to prevent or cure cancer and other ills. Continue reading “Why genes are not the whole story for health”