A million Britons are unaware that they have type 2 diabetes, and in 80 per cent of cases the condition is linked to obesity, Huw Alban Davies, a hospital consultant, has warned that we are raising a generation in Britain today who will die before their parents.
"They will have developed diabetes at a young age and they will die of strokes or coronary heart disease in their fifties," he said.
Research has shown that excess amounts of fat around the midriff are particularly linked to heart disease and diabetes. Also researchers in Boston have that found that people with high insulin levels tend to gain weight.
So the secret to losing weight may be to adopt healthy habits that stabilize insulin levels such taking plenty of exercise and avoiding processed junk food especially high sugar foods.
(Britney Spears had a notorious junk food craving and her daily diet consisted of primarily empty calories. The pop star had been seen consuming Red Bull energy drinks, and Starbucks Frappuccinos. Recent pictures reportedly featured the singer looking bloated and chunky, until they were digitally slimmed down to resemble her trademark svelte body. A source reports that Britney was devastated by her appearance in the photos, and complained to her promoters, "I look like a blimp, so do something about it. I need to look perfect - better than perfect").
Is dieting the answer?
No - because most people pile the pounds straight back on after dieting. The world's largest study of weight loss has shown that diets do not work for the vast majority of slimmers and may even put lives at risk. More than two-thirds pile the pounds straight back on, raising the danger of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
Indeed most dieters end up heavier than they did to start with, the researchers found. They warn this type of yo-yo behaviour is linked to a host of health problems. And they say the strain that repeated weight loss and gain places on the body means most people would have been better off not dieting at all.
The findings follow other research that shows the UK is in the grip of a dieting frenzy, with one in four Britons at any one time trying to lose weight. The average woman is estimated to lose and gain 251/2 stone during her lifetime - putting on 151/2 stone for the ten stone she loses through dieting. Last night, the U.S. scientists behind the latest research - the most thorough and comprehensive analysis of its kind - said that dieting simply does not work.
The University of California researchers analysed the results of more than 30 studies involving thousands of slimmers. Although the overview did not name specific weight loss plans, popular diets in recent years include the low carbohydrate, high protein Atkins diet and the GI diet, which is rich in slow-burning wholegrain carbohydrates.
Pooling the results of the various studies clearly showed that while people do lose weight initially, most quickly put all the pounds back on. In fact, most people end up weighing more than they did to begin with. Researcher Dr Traci Mann said: "You can initially lost 5 to 10 per cent of your weight on any number of diets.
"But after this honeymoon period, the weight comes back. We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority."
Dr Mann's research showed that up to two-thirds of dieters put on all the weight they lose - and more - over a four to five-year period. Half of those taking part in one study were more than 11lb heavier five years later, while dieters taking part in another study actually ended up heavier than other volunteers who hadn't tried to lose weight.
A four-year study into the health of 19,000 men revealed that most of those who put on weight had dieted in the years before the start of the study. The analysis, published in the journal American Psychologist, concluded dieters may actually be damaging their health.
Research has shown the repeated rapid weight gain and loss associated with dieting can double the risk of death from heart disease, including heart attacks, and the risk of premature death in general. Such yo-yo weight loss has also been linked to stroke and diabetes and shown to suppress the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to infection.
Studies consistently find that people who report the most exercise also have the most weight loss. Dr Beckie Lang, of the Association for the Study of Obesity, said: "Maintaining a healthy weight isn't about going on a diet and coming off a diet when you reach your target weight. It is about adopting skills that change your eating habits for life."
The Parsons Acupressure Technique (PAT) approach to weight loss:
The important question is why does a person holds on to weight in different places as compared to others. The next question to be asked is what imbalance is creating these distortions? In the Parsons Acupressure Technique (PAT) for Weight Loss we firstly look at where in the body an individual is carrying extra weight.
For example, some people hold weight in the stomach, others carry weight in the hips and thighs, while others carry weight more evenly through the body. This indicates different imbalences in the body and in PAT we address these specific imbalences by tapping on the acupuncture meridiens. This procedure also addresses the emotional reasons that people overeat (and choose the wrong foods).