MED­I­CAL Notes

Gloucestershire Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

IMAG­INE YOUR­SELF LIGHTER

SLIMMERS can lose five times more weight by imag­in­ing how much bet­ter their lives would be if they were thin­ner, a study has shown.

Par­tic­i­pants were given coun­selling and en­cour­aged to imag­ine how they would look and what they would be able to do if they lost weight.

Those on the so-called func­tional im­agery train­ing (FIT) scheme lost an av­er­age of 4.3cm (1.7in) more from their waist­line.

Re­search by Ply­mouth Uni­ver­sity and Aus­tralia’s Queens­land Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy com­pared results from 141 peo­ple.

Peo­ple who used FIT lost an av­er­age of 9lb (4.08kg) com­pared to 1.5lb among other slimmers in the scheme.

Study leader Dr Linda Sol­brig said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that peo­ple lost sig­nif­i­cantly more weight on this in­ter­ven­tion.”

AD­VICE OVER SO­CIAL ME­DIA USE

PAR­ENTS will be given Gov­ern­ment ad­vice on how long chil­dren should spend on so­cial me­dia.

Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock has asked Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer

Dame

Sally Davies to draw up tips amid fears for the men­tal health of the young.

Mr Han­cock said: “As a par­ent you want to be able to say, ‘The rules say you shouldn’t use so­cial me­dia for more than a cer­tain pe­riod of time’.”

He said switch­ing off phones at bed­time would be a “straight­for­ward way” to curb men­tal health dam­age.

CUTS SEE PA­TIENTS TURNED AWAY

SEX­UAL health work­ers have warned they are turn­ing pa­tients away be­cause of shrink­ing fund­ing.

The Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Sex­ual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the Bri­tish HIV As­so­ci­a­tion (BHIVA) said sur­veys of mem­bers show the sec­tor is at “break­ing point”.

Six in 10 BASHH re­spon­dents said they had to turn away pa­tients each week.

Both sur­veys re­vealed sig­nif­i­cant cuts in ser­vices such as the HIV pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and cer­vi­cal screen­ing.

BASHH pres­i­dent Dr Ol­wen Wil­liams said fund­ing cuts were “tak­ing their toll”.

The Gov­ern­ment is to of­fer tips over so­cial me­dia use for chil­dren

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