Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline

Obesity should be defined by a person’s health – not just their weight, says a new Canadian clinical guideline.

“The dominant cultural narrative regarding obesity fuels assumptions about personal irresponsibility and lack of willpower and casts blame and shame upon people living with obesity,” the guideline, which is intended to be used by primary care physicians in diagnosing and treating obesity in their daily practice, states.

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We don’t need gyms to reopen. We never really needed them in the first place.

Some surveys have suggested that, contrary to expectations, gym closures and lockdowns have prompted previously inactive people to move more.

The absence of gyms has broadened our idea of what “exercise” means and, in some ways, made it more accessible to people who previously recoiled at the word.

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The Benefits of Encouraging a Healthy Workforce

Greater physical activity is associated with better mental, as well as physical, health. And it might also be linked to greater worker productivity, and thus faster economic growth. That is the conclusion of a new report from rand Europe, a think-tank, that was commissioned by Vitality, a British health insurer.

How to encourage workers to become more active? Incentives are useful but only if they have conditions; giving all employees subsidised gym membership does not seem to work. 

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