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Angela's Blog - Such a shame

Such a Shame

Relaxing on Sunday morning I was very sad to read about the recent death of James Gandolfini (aged 51) the star of the Sopranos television show.

Although I was never a fan of the show one could not deny the fantastic performances given by James Gandolfini. Unfortunately he won’t have the pleasure of seeing his children grow up and his children won’t have a father.  In the most recent issue of “Time” magazine his untimely death, likely by heart attack, was possibly linked said Dr. Mehmet Oz (a famous American cardiothoracic surgeon) to stress and to the fact he was also overweight. Mr Gandolfini was just over 6 foot and around 21.5 stone.

The link between excess weight and the development of a variety of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, is well proven. The article went on to say about weight and the impact it has on your whole body. In this country, obesity is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases that will cost the NHS millions of pounds in years to come. Weight is one aspect of our health that most people can take responsibility for. I appreciate getting motivated is not always easy but the benefits of being healthy are great. In England we use your body mass index as a guide to being overweight. You can calculate your Body Mass Index by going on www.nhs.uk. click on Live Well.

Today we consider 51 as not being old and one wonders if James Gandolfini had taken action and lost weight would the outcome been different. If you need any advice about weight loss please do not hesitate to contact Sister Hollingworth at the practice that runs a weight management programme.

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