Research out last week showed that financial incentives were successful in helping people quit smoking. Now there’s talk of applying this to the national obesity crisis – but can the British public really be paid to lose weight? Currently the NHS spends around £6 billion a year caring for overweight and obese people. The latest figures show the NHS pays out £1,800 more on overweight individuals over a lifetime compared to those at a healthy weight. And the problem is getting worse, with the World Health Organisation predicting 69 per cent of the population will be overweight by 2030. Around two thirds of the adult population in the UK are either overweight or obese, says Helena Gibson-Moore, Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation. “Obesity can lead to a number of chronic diseases such as types 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers,” she explains. “Therefore finding successful, sustainable approaches to losing weight … [Read more...] about Is paying people to get fit the future of the NHS?
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Wearable devices and apps that claim to track your sleep patterns and determine whether you're getting a good night's rest could be causing more problems than they solve. Sleep specialists warn that many of these apps and devices provide inaccurate data, and that worrying about sleep goals can make bedtime anxiety even worse. The term "orthosomnia" - meaning an unhealthy obsession with achieving perfect sleep - was coined in a 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine . The study states that "the perfectionist quest to achieve perfect sleep is similar to the unhealthy preoccupation with healthy eating, termed orthorexia". According to Dr Kelly Baron, one of the paper's authors and the director of the University of Utah's behavioural sleep medicine programme, many people using sleep-tracking devices put too much stock in the data they provide. Part of the problem lies in the technology itself. Citing multiple studies, the Sleep Medicine study states that these … [Read more...] about Why your sleep tracker could be making your insomnia worse
Anxious people can find their real-world worries mirrored on social media despite the greater anonymity offered in cyberspace, according to research. The study into young people’s mental health by a London scientist found Facebook users who kept refreshing their profiles for likes and feedback were more on-edge than those who did not. The NHS defines social anxiety as “a persistent and overwhelming fear of social situations”, which is reported to affect up to 40 per cent of people. For the study, researchers analysed 61 Oxford University students aged 18 to 25 who already had high and low levels of the condition. Most participants said they browsed Facebook daily, 60 per cent logged on more than four times every day and nearly a third browsed for over an hour daily. Each had an average of more than 600 online friends, with nearly a third of the most anxious participants saying they “frequently monitor” for requests and deletions. Researchers asked them to … [Read more...] about Social media does nothing to help people with social anxiety
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Britain has one of the lowest numbers of hospital beds in Europe for young people struggling with serious mental health problems, EU-funded research has found. It is lagging far behind the level of provision in many much poorer countries in eastern Europe, such as Latvia, Estonia and Slovakia, according to a study of care for troubled under-18s across the EU. Britain has 9.4 specialist inpatient beds per 100,000 young people for those who are suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. That places it 18th in a league table of the 28 EU countries, researchers say. Germany has the most, at 64 beds per 100,000 young people, and Sweden has the least, at just 1.2 beds. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have 39.5, 31.5 and 21 beds per 100,000 under-18s. The UK is even lower down the EU league table for the number of psychiatrists specialising in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). With just 4.5 psychiatrists per 100,000 … [Read more...] about Child mental health: UK provision ‘worse than in much of eastern Europe’