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Elle Macpherson Shares Her Health And Beauty Secrets – BEAUTYcrew

Oct 12th, 2019
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Of all the beauty brains we want to pick, Elle Macphersons tops the list. We want to know it ALL. The makeup she uses, her skin care routine, what she eats in the morning, how to make our hair look THAT good, her secret to defying time the whole shebang. So, when the WelleCo founder sat down with us to chat beauty and wellness, youre going to bet we asked her everything.

Get ready to take some notes - heres what a supermodels beauty routine looks like.

On her morning ritual

I am usually up with the sun and like to wake and practice some breathing and mediation. Its a routine that helps balance me from the start of the day. (I aim to not touch my phone).

I then have hot water and lemon.

My son Cy is up at 6am and while hes getting ready for school, I prepare his breakfast and I make myself aSUPER ELIXIR Greens. I find itessentialfor wellness from within. It helps my sense of vitality, strengthens the immune system, supports the digestive system andgivesmy skina healthyglow, plus it seems to curb any sugar cravings, so my moods are more stable, and my diet is more balanced.

Once Cy is off to school, Iexercise, either in my home gym or outside in the fresh morning air, then I have my breakfast.I like to keep it simple - fruit or raw oatmeal or chia seed pudding, before jumping into the shower and getting ready for the day.On the weekends Ill have a bulletproof coffeewith coconut oil and grass-fed butter. Making sure the brain has enough fats is essential for me.

I am obsessed with dry brushing and exfoliating. I useWelleCos Japanese Green Tea Salt Scruband its the first thing I do when showering. If Im feeling courageous, Ill take hot and cold showers to encourage circulation, and usinga great body cream, likeBeautycountersBody Butter in Citrus Mimosa.

After breakfast, I head to my office, usually with 32oz of homemade green vegetable juice including kale, cucumber, turmeric, garlic, lemon, ginger, live sprouts, and Romaine lettuce.I rotate the base of the juice every day between cucumber, celery, spinach and squash. It means I geta variety of nutrients and less chance of my body forming allergies.

On her skin care routine

Beauty-wise,Ilove usingDefenAgeSkincare, which I was introduced to while I was at 11 HotelsJust Agelessspa in New York City. Their products are formulatedusingAge-Repair Defensins, which are peptides that work with our master stem cells to help combat the visible signs of ageing. I love their1-Step Multi-Cleanse, an exfoliator that containsfruit enzymes (including papaya) that are gentler on the skin than acids - but just as effective.

Whilst in Australia this time,I discoveredRationaleat All Saints Clinic.For daywearI love usingtheir B3-T Tinted Superfluid SPF50,whichprovides greatprotectionandgives my skin abeautifulhealthy radiance. In the evening, I usetheDNA Night Creamfor its potent complex of vitamin A,withUniverskinP Serum,which has a bespoke compound ofingredientsdesigned to brighten and hydrate skin, as well as improvethe appearance of pigmentation.

On her go-to makeup brands

I tend to gravitate towards makeup thats subtle and good for my skin. I am enjoying theOxygenetixline that is created and used bydoctors. TheirBreathable Second Skinfoundation is beautiful to wear and great for sensitive skin. I also like theTintSkin Hydrating FoundationbyBeautycounteras it is super hydrating.Gucci Westmans new lineWestman Atelieris fantastic,too.HerVital Skin FoundationSticksare easy to use and look beautifully natural. They are formulated with plant-based actives andfeel supernatural and glowing to wear. I always have my four favourites on standby:foundation,highlighter,blushandcontour. Their packaging is amazing.

On what drives her to launch new products for WelleCo

Through my personal wellness journey, I have discovered that nothing has an impact on my wellbeing like how I nourish my body,which ishowWelleCoreally all began six years ago.We wanted tosharewith the worldthe unique combination of plant-based and Chinese herb supplements I had been taking and experiencing incredible results with.

As an Australian-based company, WelleCo believes in empowering people to positively influence their health. We call it Wellness the Australian way. All of the ingredients were chosen for their ability to work well, as team players, creating a synergistic, amplified effect when combined.

Our constant motivatoris ourloyal, progressive and curious globalcommunity. It isalwaysWelleCos aimto accompanyeach customeron theirwellness journey.No matter what their stage of life, we wantto provide the most premium solutions that areeasy for people to incorporateinto their daily regimes.

Eachof ourproductstargetspecific personalrequirements and providesolutions that benefit all stages of wellbeing, be it our range of plant-based elixirs, our organic vegetable wash orgreen tea salt body scrub.

Our most recent launch, the WelleCo SUPER BOOSTER range,isformulated with botanical extracts and nutrients for targeted support where you need it be it immune system health, liver support or stronger hair, skin and nails. Importantly, it is designed to beeasyto use and an integral step of a simple daily wellness routine. Along with The SUPER ELIXIR and NOURISHING PROTEIN range for men, women and children, our elixirsare formulated toprovidebenefits for the whole family.All you need to do is add water.

I now know, understanding the value of a plant-based diet to feed the mitochondria of the cells isvital andwe wondered if people would value the importance ofgreens andplant-basedproteins.Luckily,our customerstell us theyexperience the same beauty, health and wellness benefitsthat I do,and we are soprivilegedthey choose toincludeWelleCo intheirdailywellnessregimes.

It is this positive feedback,andthe foundation on which we built WelleCo, thatdrivesus to continue toconstantlyinnovateto ensureweareevolvingand supporting our customersindividualwellness journeys.

On her favourite WelleCo products

The SUPER ELIXIR Greens.Its our essential daily greens anda cleanfoundation for cellular and systemic support.Each of ourelixirs are an imperative part of a simple and effective three-step daily wellness routine. The first step is The SUPER ELIXIR. I have two teaspoons every morning with filtered water without fail, and I am loving our new Ginger and Lemon flavour at the moment!

AfterTheSUPER ELIXIR, I recommend our NOURISHING PROTEIN, which isa clean, complete, powdered plant protein designed by nutritional doctors for nourishing and maintaining a lean and strong body. It is the perfect mid-morning or afternoon nourishing snack. I am obsessed with thechocolate;it tastes naughty without any of the bad stuff.

My third stepis our SLEEP WELLE Calming Tea. I have always had quite a lot oftrouble sleeping, so thistea hasnow become my nightly ritual.It is blended with natural herbs including valerian, hops and skullcap to calm the mind and help the body rest, rejuvenate and recover.Be prepared for a very deep and restorative sleep! Its truly amazing.

On her all-time favourite beauty indulgence

I am more a wellness girl to be honest. For me its not about beautifying, but more about wellness, being toned and moisturisedwith soft skin.

I was lucky to experience the most amazing wellness experience this year at Kamalaya, Koh Samui. It is a stunning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa where you can completely reset the mind and body in a beautiful and calming environment. I love their personalised approach and the focus on restorative and healing treatments, body movement and nutrition. The treatments and philosophy, food and environment were some of the best I have ever experienced. It was a wonderful combination between eastern and western treatments and I although I was there for a week, I could easily have stayed three! I was never bored and felt better as the days went on.

My biggest weekly indulgence is Sheila Perez coming to my house to do the Sheila Perez Method lymphatic drainage and sculpting. I would have her two to three times a week if I could, but for now we have a standing once a week appointment.

I lovemyTherasageThera360Portable Infrared Saunatoo.It assists the detox process, strengthens the immune system and encourages circulation and glowing skin.

On the beauty essentials she packs when travelling overseas

I love myRimowacabin bag. It fits a weeks worth of essentials,which is perfect becauseI love not packing too much stuff its so liberating.

Most importantly for travel is doubling up on my SUPER ELIXIR Greens. I always travel with Immune System Support with Kakadu Plum SUPER BOOSTERS, which I have on their own with water, or combined with my SUPER ELIXIR. Formulated with vitamin C from Kakadu plum and acerola cherry as well as medicinal herbs, they provide immune defence for fighting inflammation and supporting immune system health.

Our NOURISHING PROTEIN is always a must when I am on the road, as often I cant find quality quick and easy food and snacks. NOURISHING PROTEIN is formulated using a combination of organic pea and organic brown rice proteins, as well as herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals and pre and probiotics. It is fantastic for helping energy levels and I find it really fills me up. Its easy to take too, which of course is essential when you are travelling. Just add water, shake and sip.

I stick to my usual skin care routine. I love David de Rothschilds Lost Explorer skin careproducts. It is a super-efficient range and packaged in a travel size so it fits in my suitcase perfectly. And for something more robust the Rationale collection of serums and face creams are the right size for traveling, plus extra efficient and truly work.

My beauty style is always very natural. I dont like to wear a lot of makeup, so my beauty routine is very pared-back and simple. My favourite beauty look is one that starts with a dewy, healthy complexion. I dont tend to wear foundation, but if I need a little coverage, I apply (with my fingers) a touch of Westman AtelierVital Skin Foundation, but only where I need it. For a touch of colour, I smooth onRMS Rose Lip2CheekandPat McGrath Skin Fetishcheek shine for just the right amount of definition.They all come in travel-friendly packaging and are super easy to stow in my bag.

On the kind of beauty and wellness products we would find in her suitcase

For me, beauty comes from the inside out -so first things first -SUPER ELIXIR Greens. Our ultimate ingestible beauty formula is just the right blendof premiumplant-based nutrients that work together to address acidity in the body and nourish right down to cellular level, which really helps the body recover from thestressof travel andI really find helpsreduce jet lag.Ineverfly without mySUPER ELIXIR travel sachetstucked safely in my makeup bag for quick pick-me-ups. I have a SUPER ELIXIRbefore I board, whilst Im in the air, and another as Im landing.

I always pack a NOURISHING PROTEIN TravelSet. I have one daily, blended with water. It helpsensure Ieat as cleanly as possibleandassistswith energy levels and adjusting to a new time zone.It also ensures I always have a healthy snack on hand when options are limited.

I also try to remember to wear broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen every day, especially when out on the reflective ocean sun. Rationale make a great one and I love Dr Barbara Sturm products, particularly her Sun Drops and serums as well as sunblock.

Oh,and Ialways have a tube of LucasPapaw Ointmentstashed away to puton my lips and cuticles. Its very moisturising and very Aussie!

On her favourite career highlight

WelleCo is the combination of wanting to create a business and wanting to enable inner and outer beauty for everyone. I think its fair to say that we all aspire to having a successful business and to make money. But I believe there is also a sort of Holy Grail of business which consists of doing what you love with purpose, making a difference, and making a profit doing it. Its very fulfilling. Andso,this is what we are seeking to achieve with WelleCo creating quality products that are simple to integrate into peoples lives, and that helpthembalancetheir inner and outer beauty. The most exciting thing iswe are reallyonly just getting started!

Being a co-founder, director and shareholder of WelleCo has been very fulfilling but the most joy comes from supporting our team in making the highest quality sustainable plant-based products that help people in their daily life.

On whats next

We have so many exciting things on the horizon for WelleCo,andIm so grateful for where I am, and what Im doing in my life. It is a privilege to be in a position to be able to impact and share with people some of the things Ive learned. And the major one has been the understanding that our bodies areincredible,and they can heal and thrive if given the right environment.

Want more celebrity beauty secrets? Check out the beauty products Phoebe Burgess cant live without, and Shelley Crafts biggest skin sin.

Main image credit: @ellemacpherson

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Hot Flashes Linked To Heart Problems And Cognitive Decline, According To New Research – Simplemost

Oct 10th, 2019
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If youre one of the 40 million American women between the ages of 45 and 65, theres a chance you could be having a hot flash right now. If your flushes are mild and infrequent, good for you. But if you are often going up in flames, then it could be time to check in with your doctor.Thats because science is discovering hot flashes are much more than just a sweaty sign of menopause their frequency or severity may also be linked to heart problems, stroke and cognitive decline later in a womans life.

A study presented at the 2019 conference of the North American Menopause Society recently found night sweats were linked to cognitive dysfunction in menopausal women, decreasing the ability to pay attention and perform higher-level thinking tasks.

Another found a direct link between the frequency and persistence of hot flashes and cardiovascular events later in a womans life. And heres a startling finding: Another study found theres even a link between childhood trauma and hot flash severity later in life.

Having a hot flash is a much more significant event than providers actually appreciated for many years, said psychiatry professor Rebecca Thurston, who directs the Womens Biobehavioral Health lab at PittPublic Health.

Were starting to link these hot flashes to various different health indices and outcomes, including womens cardiovascular health, she said.

Thurston is one of the researchers analyzing the sweltering menopausal journey of more than 3,000 women enrolled in a national multi-site study called Swan, which is a longitudinal look at womens midlife health that started in 1996. Most women entered the program in their mid-40s while they were pre- or early perimenopausal and have been followed for 20 years, into postmenopause.

What we found is that women with more frequent hot flashes when they entered into the study in their mid-40s had double the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure later in life, said Thurston, who is presenting her findings this week at the North American Menopause Society meeting.

The results held true even when traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, were ruled out.

We also found that women who had more persistent hot flashes over the course of the transition had increased risk for these clinical outcomes of heart attack and stroke, Thurston said. In fact, the study found these women had an 80% greater risk of cardiovascular events over the 20-year period.

Another study presented at the conference found a link between a childhood history of sexual, physical or emotional abuse and hot flash frequency in mid-life.

We found that women with a history of childhood physical or sexual abuse had more frequent, objectively measured hot flashes during sleep, said lead author Mary Carson, a psychology doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh.

When the women were evaluated five years later, the study found those with a history of abuse showed an increase in hot flashes over time, Carson said, while women who didnt have this history of abuse showed decrease in hot flashes over time.

Not long ago, little of this knowledge existed. Science is finally starting to dig into why women melt down as a rite of reproductive passage. And that understanding is leading to a change in attitude.

We felt that menopausal symptoms, hot flashes specifically, were just benign symptoms that women should just suffer through and that they only lasted a few years, Thurston said. Weve really had this rapid advancement in the understanding of hot flashes just within the past decade.

For example, science now realizes that some 75% of women have hot flashes during their menopausal transition. Frequent moderate to severe hot flashes can often last 7 to 10 years, on average, and less frequent or severe hot flashes can last even longer.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, estrogen therapy, with or without progestin, is the most effective treatment for the relief of hot flashes and night sweats. After years of fear of hormone replacement therapy, doctors now say that a healthy woman between ages 50 and 60, with normal weight and no family history of breast cancer, could safely use a hormone to assist with their transition.

But there is no one-size-fits-all in the world of hormone therapy, so be sure to discuss the many options with your gynecologist.

However, women who begin therapy more than 10 years from the start of menopause have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots and dementia.

There are many other options. Some antidepressants, such as paroxetine, can be used to treat hot flashes at doses less than what is given for depression.

An antiseizure medication called gabapentin and a blood pressure medicine called clonidineare can ease sleep problems and hot flashes.

Selective estrogen receptor modulators such as raloxifene act on tissues that respond to estrogen. They may help lessen hot flashes as well as pain during intercourse caused by vaginal dryness.

Some women swear by herbal supplements, such as black cohosh, soy and red clover, but studies on their effectiveness have been mixed. Since there are no federal regulations governing how supplements are manufactured, the Food and Drug Administration warns theres no way to know the quality of the supplement you are taking.

Then theres a range of different behavioral approaches, such as cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness training that can help women manage their hot flashes, Thurston said. Now, this wont get rid of the hot flash itself, but it can help manage its interference with your life.

The governments Office on Womens Health says yoga, tai chi and acupuncture may help with sleep and mood problems, stress, hot flashes and muscle and joint pain. A 2013 study also found that hypnosis helped decrease hot flashes by 74% in postmenopausal women.

When it comes to the link between hot flashes and future cardiovascular events, will treating the broken internal thermostat reduce a womans risk? Unfortunately, science doesnt yet know that answer.

How I conservatively conceptualize this work right now, Thurston said, is to consider hot flashes as telling you something about your underlying vascular health.

At a minimum, its a marker. If youre having lots of hot flashes, now is the time to engage in all those things you should be doing to take care of your cardiovascular health at midlife.

That means if you smoke, stop. Get high cholesterol under control. Take care of any high blood pressure with appropriate medication. Keep your weight in check to avoid diabetes. Exercise regularly. And eat a healthy well-balanced diet.

And stay tuned. Science is working away on more options to ease the trauma of that scorching, sweaty, excruciating torment some idiot named a hot flash.

Written by Sandee LaMotte for CNN.

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Auchnagatt couple recognised for dedication to rescuing wildlife – Buchan Observer

Oct 10th, 2019
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An Auchnagatt couple are to be recognised with a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords, honouring their dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

Animal lovers Keith, 62, and Pauline Marley, 55, have to-date rescued an estimated 15,000 animals since opening their North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre (NEW ARC) 13-and-a-half years ago, with the number of animals they are asked to take in increasing all the time.

They care for a minimum of 500 animals and birds at the centre at any one time, with this figure rising to around 750 at the busiest times of year.

Their wildlife rescue work first began 15 years ago when Pauline, then a legal PA, moved to the area from Somerset and noted a lack of facilities for animals needing rescue or rehabilitation. Her and Keith, who worked in sales, discussed how they could assist and, having both always had a keen interest in nature and wildlife, quickly began rescuing sick, injured or orphaned wildlife themselves. They started work to found the centre soon after.

Since then they have worked around the clock to rescue all kinds of wildlife, from hand-reared birds to squirrels, otters and foxes, and nursed them back to health so they can be safely released back to the wild. They are assisted by around 20 volunteers who either travel to pick up animal emergencies from all over the north of Scotland or help out at the centre. An additional rota of volunteers staff the couples fundraising charity shop.

Pauline said: The most fulfilling aspect of the work is definitely releasing the recovered animal back to the wild. It can be very sad to let them go, especially those that have needed to stay with us a long time, and I do cry a lot!

"But really I am delighted for them, and pleased to know we have done a good job. From the point of release their future is not in our hands any more; it is up to them to fend for themselves but we have comfort in the knowledge we have put them back in the best condition and with the best chance possible.

Keith added: We are really grateful to IFAW for recognising we exist and it is humbling to receive an award for what we do. It is hard work but we really enjoy it and we have experienced all kinds of interesting callouts and incidents over the years, including taking in probably one of the worlds most overweight hedgehogs which had to go on a strict diet for a year before it was slim and healthy enough to waddle off back to the wild.

James Sawyer, UK Director of IFAW, said: Pauline and Keiths commitment to rescuing and rehabilitating so many wild animals is outstanding and they are a great example of animal welfare in action. We hope that their efforts will inspire the next generation of animal welfare campaigners and carers. They are both very deserving winners of IFAWs Wildlife Rescue Award.

The couple have become well known and appreciated in their local community over the years. After planning on getting married but never having found the time, they were touched when in 2015 staff at a local wedding venue offered them free use of all their facilities as a thank you for having rescued an orphaned baby deer and other wildlife in need from their grounds.

Innovative methods they have come up with over the years to increase the comfort of some of the animals in their care has included appeals to the public to donate knitted jumpers to keep warm chickens taken in from intensive farming facilities and old mascara wands used to brush and clean birds, rabbits and other small animals. Both of these appeals have since closed after huge responses from the public.

They are currently fundraising for a new purpose-built animal hospital to cope with the ever-increasing demand for wildlife rescue, which is outgrowing their current resources. The urgency for new facilities has grown with a 30% rise in the number of wildlife cases taken in so far this year.

Pauline and Keith will receive their award at IFAWs prestigious Animal Action Awards event, presented by TV wildlife presenter Bill Oddie at the House of Lords on October 15.

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Stand Atlantic and The Faim Co-Headline Amsterdam – Music in Minnesota

Oct 10th, 2019
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Since there is no better way to start the week than by attending a pop-punk show, I find myself at Amsterdam Bar & Hall for Stand Atlantic and The Faims co-headlining tour.With a fairly eclectic lineup, its one Ive been looking forward to for quite some time.

It is an earlier show, so the house lights dim at 6 PM. The venue barely a quarter of the way full, but for an opening band on a weeknight, the turnout isnt all that bad.

LA-based band Point North, who recently signed to Hopeless Records, start the night off with a punch. Their set primarily consists of punk jumps and two-stepping, so they catch my attention immediately.

I notice they dont have anyone playing bass and, instead, their drummer is feeding a baseline through a computer next to his drumkit. I wonder if their bassist is M.I.A for this show in particular, or if this is how theyve chosen to add a slight twist to their sound.

Either way, it works for them, and it works for me.

Is it cool if we play a song that isnt out yet? Lowkey it comes out in two days, but you didnt hear it from me!

After a few opening jams, frontman Jon Ludin asks, Is it cool if we play a song that isnt out yet? Lowkey, it comes out in two days, but you didnt hear it from me, its called HEARTBEAT!

The song is catchy, fun, and bound to be a hit once it is released. For the sake of saving face, you can just tell your friends you heard about it from Music In Minnesota instead.

WSTR, a pop-punk band from Liverpool has heard it all.

From fans not knowing how to say their name for several months or even years into supporting them (its pronounced waster), to people referring to them as diet Neck Deep (which is pretty accurate, but I digress) they definitely come off as a band that doesnt take themselves too seriously.

Looking at their merch table before the set, I see their tip jar is labeled WSTR skydiving fund, only further confirming my claims in the sentence prior.

As someone whos been listening to their music for about a year now, its safe to say Im looking forward to what theyll bring to a live performance. From that point alone, I knew it would exceed my expectations.

The rowdy pop-punk band takes the stage with zest and wastes no time theyre set on fitting as many songs as they can during their timeslot. Im overjoyed when they play Eastbound & Down early on, as it is easily my favorites.

However, no moment shines brighter than when they play their newest song, titled Filthy. I was unaware they had released anything new recently and its a shame I didnt know about this absolute bop earlier, though I suppose a live setting isnt the worst way to find that out.

On the Minnesota run of this co-headlining tour, The Faim plays second to last. Before they come on stage, plenty of time is left for the room to fill up with a ridiculous amount of smoke from the machine.

As it turns out, though the fog isnt ideal for photography, it was the perfect aid to the bands opening song, Saints of the Sinners, with its spooky (fitting, for October) vibe.

As their performance continues, Im having a difficult time figuring out their sound. Theyve got the creepy punk aura, some slower ballads, and some indie beats added into the mix as well.

The best way I can think to describe them is the Australian version of Set It Off. Or maybe even if Set It Off and Creeper adopted an Australian baby. The Faim is exactly what that scenario would be like.

Despite myconfusion (and an odd obsession with cramming them into a singular genre), I do really enjoy the work they do with their harmonious backup vocals.

These are exceptionally prominent in their song When It Comes. It feels like a song that would be featured in the early credits of a feel-good indie adventure movie and, of all their sounds, I like this one the best.

Just a bunch of kangaroos co-headlining the U.S., whoda thought?

Of course, a band that goes the extra mile when interacting with the crowd always look good in my book. When I see frontman Josh Raven diving into the middle of the crowd and starting a circle pit himself during their song Amelie, Im sold.

Stand Atlantic is set to close the show out, and Im waiting in anticipation of seeing one of my favorite bands again. Theyre one of the groups I spent three days stalking as they toured across the U.S. for the first-ever Sad Summer Fest only a few months ago. So clearly, theyre a band that is worth your time.

Aside from the fact that their music is just plain catchy and they do modern pop-punk better than most, the group itself is another one that is all about having fun.

Take one look at their social media and youll see what I mean. Its one joke after another which keeps things relatable for their fans.

Since they only have one full-length album, fans could look forward to hearing most of their favorites live. However, its no secret their newest song, Hate Me (Sometimes), a gritty punk-rock anthem about the positives and negatives of being your own worst enemy, is a delightful change of pace.

Throughout the night, concert-goers are treated to bassist Miki Rich running full speed at walls and doing crazy parkour moves off them, guitarist David Potter diving into the crowd and surfing on top of them, and, of course, frontwoman Bonnie Fraser cracking jokes.

The energy is consistently exactly what youd expect and hope for at a Stand Atlantic show clean and carefree fun with a pop-punk bite.

Though the high energy can be pretty closely predicted, the bands shenanigans during that time cant be. This held true for a girl named Katie who Bonnie pointed out and had the entire room sing Happy Birthday for.

Its not every day that a band you like stops the show for you like that!

All too soon, they close their set out with Lavender Bones, which I can safely bet made it into my Spotify top ten songs of 2019 before January even ended. Seriously, if you dont get anything else out of this article, at least take away that statement and treat yourself to an incredible song.

As far as live shows go, Stand Atlantic blew me away yet again as I saw them for the fourth time, and I cant wait to see what the future holds for them!

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Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Market Analysis of Major Segments and Future Opportunity Assessment 2019-2026 – The Ukiah Post

Oct 10th, 2019
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The research study, titled Global Human Growth Hormone (hGH) Market Status and Forecast 2019-2026 offers a complete evaluation of this market, covering market size, share, trends, gross margin, opportunities, challenges and risks factors associated to Human Growth Hormone (hGH) market. The report notably highlights the growth boosters, obstructions, changing competitive aspects and future prospects of this market. It categorizes the industry by top players, key region, product type, and application. It explores the most prominent market trends and the present and previous performance of the market in order to determine its status in the near future. The report then analyzes the growth rate, future trends, sales channels, and distributors. Its an enlarging field for top market players functioning in the market to compete with each other.


The report has collected the data dependent on market structures, high-quality insights, advertises models, and other such factors. It covers the market study and projection on a territorial along with worldwide point. Our researchers have also estimated and large sales and income creation of this specific market.Portfolio analysis given in this market will help users understand the product mix of leading companies in the Human Growth Hormone (hGH) market.

This report focuses on some of the most prominent key vendors in this market, with revenue production, sales, gross margin, and market share for each manufacturer, covering: Eli Lilly and Company, Ferring Holding SA, Genentech, Merck & Co., Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sandoz International GmbH, Ipsen,

Applications segment analysis: Growth Hormone Deficiency, Turner Syndrome, Idiopathic Short Stature, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Small for Gestational Age, Others,

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This report highlights market dynamics involving the factors impelling the present market scenario as well as growth opportunities of the market in the years to come. Market segmentation analysis was conducted through qualitative and quantitative research, demonstrating the impact of economic and non-economic aspects. Comprehensive company profiles section provides the product offerings, key financial information, business overview, and business strategy. The report additionally delivers an estimate based on the cutting edge business developments and logical procedures.


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Biosimilars in the UK: where are we now and where does the NHS want to go? – – pharmaphorum

Oct 10th, 2019
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The UK health service has well over a decades experience of dealing with biosimilars, but the NHS acknowledges that it has yet to make the most of these drugs.

That was certainly one of the messages from a state of the biosimilar nation event I attended over the summer in London, and its not a surprising one.

The first European biosimilar approval in 2006 for a version of a human growth hormone was, to some extent, a false dawn for the sector, in as much as it didnt pique widespread financial interest from healthcare stakeholders.

That only came more recently, as patent expiries for the blockbuster anti-TNF class of arthritis drugs approached. Now that the likes of Remicade (infliximab), Enbrel (etanercept) and, most importantly, Humira (adalimumab) have to compete with biosimilar versions, the NHS is grappling with how to make the most of this opportunity.

Thus, it made sense for Anne Marie Morris MP, who is also chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Access to Medicines and Medical Devices, to outline the huge opportunity that biologics present.

Biosimilars are clearly a new and big issue for us, she said, introducing Westminster Health Forms Biosimilars in the NHS Commissioning, Development and Engagement with Clinicians and Patients event in London.

We need to ensure that there is access to NHS patients for these biosimilars and we need to be an attractive market so that biosimilars are developed here and not, dare I say, in the USA. But we also need to take patients with us, because these are different medicines, she said.

Something like adalimumab requires a whole system approach to drive the change that we requireSuzy Heafield

The place for biosimilars within the NHS

Exactly how the NHS is working to ensure biosimilar access was comprehensively explained by Suzy Heafield, a commissioning pharmacist who works for NHS England and NHS Improvement as head of medicines value and sits within its relatively new Commercial Medicines Directorate.

Prior to that she was a clinical pharmacist in Nottingham and then a commissioning pharmacist working for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and the Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) that preceded them.

She noted that, from a commercial point of view, there are two key recent policy documents that drive NHS England and NHS Improvements commercial policy, including its approach to biosimilars. One is the NHS Long-Term Plan and the other the Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access.

The Commercial Medicines Directorates mission was, she said, commercially-focused, but clinically-led.

So, our commercial activity is fundamental to supporting patient access. Our priority is to allow access to the latest innovative and most clinically-effective new healthcare treatments and solutions. But at the same time, we want to make sure we secure maximum value for the NHS and taxpayers from its ever-growing spend on medicines and other healthcare solutions.

And there are big numbers at stake. Last October Humira (adalimumab), still the worlds biggest-selling drug, came off patent in Europe, after which the NHS struck an historic biosimilar deal that represented the biggest saving in its history from a single drug negotiation.

Looking further ahead, NHS England envisages savings as a whole from biosimilars of some 400 500 million per year by 2021, if it can increase uptake of best value biologic medicines.

This would give the health service headroom to be able to fund new treatments and to improve access to patients, Heafield said, adding that NHS England is eyeing up being able to use some of the money saved for new investments into improving care pathways.

To do this, the Commercial Medicines Directorate is running the Best Value Biologics Project to enable appropriate use and uptake whether of the originator product or a biosimilar version.

She explained: Where a best value biologic isnt the originator, were looking at switching and how we can enable switching. The introduction of biosimilars drives greater competition and releases cost-efficiencies through competition, and it also supports increased access to biological medicines.

So, we may be looking at access to biologics at an earlier stage in the treatment pathway. Or we may be looking at access to new innovative medicines.

As examples of some of the newer, expensive treatments coming through that would need to be funded somehow, Heafield cited CAR-T and gene therapies.

NHS biosimilar uptake

The NHS has a steep uptake target for adoption of the best value biologic product, aiming for 80% of patients to be using it within one year of a biosimilar version first becoming available.

It didnt achieve that with Remicade and Enbrel, which were the first two anti-TNF biologics to face competition. In fact, Remicade took 28 months to reach the 80% target, and after 12 months Enbrel had only reached 50% of eligible patients.

That changed with the next two biosimilars to come online, which were versions of the cancer drugs MabThera (rituximab) and Herceptin (trastuzumab). This time around incentives were put in place under a Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) framework and there was closer working with the Cancer Vanguard and NHS Improvement.

We saw a massive change in the uptake of rituximab and trastuzumab with rituximab we achieved 80% uptake at month ten after launch, and trastuzumab at month eight, Heafield said.

After MabThera and Herceptin it was all eyes on Humira for the NHS and uptake of the best value biologic versions of the arthritis drug was heading towards 67% at month seven, but it still faces regional variation in uptake.

It just shows that something like adalimumab requires a whole system approach to drive the change that we required, and it has been successful. But obviously we wont be resting on our laurels, said Heafield.

One of the next priorities for biosimilars in the future is to plan for the next Humira tender, because the initial NHS agreement was only signed for a year so will in theory expire in December. But Heafield and the NHS Commercial Medicines Directorate also have plans for a more nuanced approach to the use of biosimilars.

We need to work with clinicians and patient groups to determine if, and when, we should look at biosimilar-to-biosimilar switching. Up to now all weve been saying is originator-to-biosimilar. Theres now evidence emerging around biosimilar-to-biosimilar, but again this cant be a done to, it has to be a done with, and at the appropriate time, she concluded.

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Global Recombinant Human Growth Hormone Market Report, History and Forecast 2014-2025, Breakdown Data by Manufacturers, Key Regions, Types and…

Oct 10th, 2019
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In this report, the Global Recombinant Human Growth Hormone market is valued at USD XX million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2017 and 2025. Global Recombinant Human Growth Hormone market has been broken down by major regions, with complete market estimates on the basis of products/applications on a regional basis.

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Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a bioactive protein intended for use in cell culture applications. HGH is a hormone with multiple effects. HGH is a pleiotropic molecule that binds the GH receptor. Recombinant Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is one of our more than 250 available Gibco recombinant proteins.

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This report studies the Recombinant Human Growth Hormone market size (value and volume) by players, regions, product types and end industries, history data 2014-2018 and forecast data 2019-2025; This report also studies the global market competition landscape, market drivers and trends, opportunities and challenges, risks and entry barriers, sales channels, distributors and Porters Five Forces Analysis.

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Novo Nordisk


Eli Lilly

Merck Serono

F.Hoffmann-La Roche

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

GeneScience Pharmaceuticals


LG Life Sciences

Sandoz International

Anhui Anke Biotechnology


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The 5 Top Reasons Why Youre Not Gaining Muscle –

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When it comes to building muscle, some people find it harder than others. One of the main reasons for this is your somatotype or body type. Three somatotypes were originally identified by American psychologist Willian Sheldon. Each one has very different physical characteristics (1).

Mesomorphs are naturally muscular and gain mass and strength easily. They are genetically blessed for things like bodybuilding, weightlifting, and football. Some mesomorphs gain muscle though they dont train or eat correctly. They have naturally broad shoulders, narrow waists, and a large bone structure. Most top bodybuilders are mesomorphs.

Endomorphs often build muscle easily too but also tend to gain fat. Endomorphs need to be very careful with their diets if they want to avoid gaining too much weight.

Ectomorphs are naturally slim. They find it hard to build muscle or gain weight. Ectomorphs tend to have a small bone structure and dont usually gain body fat even if they eat a lot. Many top-class endurance athletes are naturally slender ectomorphs.

Whether you are a lucky mesomorph who gains muscle easily or a slender ectomorph who dreams of building even a little extra muscle mass, there are identifiable barriers that could be stopping you from gaining muscle. Removing these barriers will take the brakes off your progress so that you can achieve the best results possible.

Building muscle, a process called hypertrophy, starts with breaking your muscles down. This is properly called catabolism. Once your muscles have been broken down with intense exercise your body will repair them and make them stronger and bigger. Easy workouts will not cause the muscle breakdown needed to trigger muscle growth.

Bodybuilders often talk about no pain, no gain. Intense, muscle building workouts often hurt. A heavy set of squats or bench presses will flood your muscles with lactic acid, and that causes a deep burn. And its not enough to work hard briefly or occasionally; building muscle requires long-term dedication.

If you are serious about building muscle, you need to train hard. Not just now and then, but almost every time you step into the gym. If you can send texts during your workout or chat with your buddies between sets, you probably arent training hard enough.

Your body is very good at adapting to the stresses to which it is exposed. Exercise and training are forms of stress. For example, a workout that initially left you feeling tired and sore will soon get easier as your muscles develop and get stronger.

This process is often described as General Adaptation Syndrome, which was first documented by Hungarian endocrinologist Hans Selye back in the early 1930s (2).

If you keep doing the same workout over and over, your body has no reason to build muscle or get stronger. Because of this, your workouts must be progressive, and you need to find ways to make your workouts harder from one week to the next.

Effective ways to make your workouts progressive include:

Do not attempt to make all these changes at once; that would be a mistake. Instead, focus on one change for a few weeks and then move on to another. For example, try to increase your weights week by week, and then, when its no longer possible to increase the weight start trying to do more reps per set. Even small progressions will add up over time.

There are two types of strength training exercises isolation exercises and compound exercises. Isolation exercises involve movement at one joint only and use relatively few muscles. Examples include leg extensions, triceps push-downs, and lateral raises.

In contrast, compound exercises involve two or more joints and several muscle groups working together. Compound exercises include squats, bench presses, deadlifts, pull-ups, and shoulder presses.

Compound exercises are better for muscle building than isolation exercises (3). They allow you to lift heavier weights, and that creates more muscle tension. There is also evidence to suggest that compound exercises increase the production of anabolic or muscle-building hormones, namely testosterone and human growth hormone (4). These hormones play a crucial role in gaining muscle and strength.

Two examples of compound exercise-based workouts:

While both workouts include a few isolation exercises, they come at the end so that you can put most of your energy into the more productive compound exercises.

If you are training hard, getting enough sleep, and are otherwise healthy, but still arent gaining muscle, you probably arent eating enough. Food provides your body with the materials and energy it needs to power you through your workouts and repair and build new muscle tissue.

Make sure you consume around two grams of protein per pound of body weight, one gram of fat per pound, and enough carbohydrates to ensure you have plenty of energy. One way to work out roughly how many calories you need per day is to multiply your current body weight by 20. A 200 lb. exerciser needs around 4000 calories.

If, however, you feel you are gaining more fat than muscle, trim 250-500 calories off this figure. If you are still not gaining muscle, just eat more.

Sample one-day menu for building muscle:

Breakfast Large bowl of oatmeal plus 3-4 eggs or a protein shake

Snack 1-2 bananas plus beef jerky

Lunch Large chicken sandwich plus a side salad

Snack Smoothie with blended soft fruits, coconut oil or peanut butter, and protein powder

Dinner Steak with a baked potato and large salad

Snack Natural yogurt or cottage cheese

Sleep plays a vital role in muscle building. When you sleep, your body gets busy repairing that damage caused by training and building your muscles back up.

Studies reveal that too little sleep can lower testosterone levels and impair the muscle and strength building processes (5).

Make sure you get enough sleep by:

There is nothing more demoralizing than working hard in the gym and not getting the results you want. Unfortunately, its all too easy to undermine your progress by making a few training, nutrition, and lifestyle mistakes. Avoid making these slip-ups, and you should start to get better results from your workouts.

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The Good And Bad In Your Diet: Know What You Should Eat And What You Shouldn’t To Stay Fit And Healthy – NDTV News

Oct 10th, 2019
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Healthy diet: There exists both good fat and bad fat, and good carbs and bad carbs

Whenever you hear the term "diet", it inadvertently infers some kind of restriction in your diet that you cannot get away with. However, the truth is that your diet can include all foods, as far you know the difference between the good and the bad in your diet. Highlighting the same is nutritionist Nmami Agarwal in her blog post shared on Instagram. "The very nature of diets is to train us to think of the foods as good foods and bad foods because they supposedly make us gain weight or cause all sorts of health conditions," she writes in her post.

If you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, then you must include all food groups in your diet-fats, carbs and protein. With the coming of fad diets like keto diet, low-carb diet and low-fat diet to name a few, many people have come to believe that eating fats and carbs can make them gain weight.

The truth, however, is that cutting on your fats and carbs may help you with quick weight loss. But, this weight loss is temporary in nature and is likely to bounce back the minute you resume regular eating habits.

Low-carb and low-fat diets can make you feel starved, fatigued and irritablePhoto Credit: iStock

Fats, carbs and protein are important macro nutrients that should be a part of your diet. However, there are good carbs and bad carbs, and there is good fat and bad fat. Here's what you should know...

Also read:Essential Nutrients You Need For Losing Weight Quickly

Simply put, saturated fats are the bad fats with no nutrient value. They are the ones that cause weight gain and increase your calorie intake. Unsaturated fats are the good fats, the kind of fats that provide you energy and also keep your body warm. High fat dairy, red meat, ice cream, butter, chips, and cheese are foods that are high in saturated fat. Eating saturated fats in excess can increase bad cholesterol level. High cholesterol levels can put you at risk of heart disease.

There is also something called trans fat, which are usually found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Monounsaturated fats (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) are fats found in avocado, avocado oil, olive oil, canola oil, fatty fish, nuts and seeds. These are also healthy fats that must be a part of a healthydiet.

Also read:5 Go-To Foods For Times You Are Feeling Stressed Or Under Pressure

Simple or refined carbs are bad carbs while complex carbs are good carbs that should be in your diet. Simple carbs consist of only one or two sugar molecules. They rapidly increase blood sugar levels. Processed foods like white sugar, candy, desserts, syrups and sugar-sweetened beverages like soda are all high in refined carbs. Simple carbs slow digestion and lack nutritive value.

Complex carbs, on the other hand, are the ones present in foods like legumes, grains, peas, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. Complex carbs are healthy carbs that are required to fulfil your satiety, make you feel energised. Brown rice, quinoa, barley, oatmeal and other whole grains are fibre-rich carbs that must be a part of a good diet.

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain fibre-rich carbs that you must include in your dietPhoto Credit: iStock

Also read:Walnuts, Flaxseeds And Other Best Foods To Lower Your Numbers

Protein-rich foods are important in weight loss diet. They help in building muscles and also help in keeping you full for longer. Proteins are known to be building blocks of the human body. However, excess intake of proteins can be detrimental to health. Some common side effects of high protein diet include weight gain, constipation, bad breath, diarrhoea and kidney damage. Also, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet can provide you with sufficient protein. Eggs, nuts and seeds, chicken breast, milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables are protein-rich foods that you must include in a healthydiet.

(Nmami Agarwal is nutritionist at Nmami Life)

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Man v Fat helping mental health and obesity through football – The FA

Oct 10th, 2019
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Man v Fat is an FA-endorsed initiative where the biggest loser is the winner. The aim is to use football as a tool for weight loss, thus improving both physical and mental health.

Teams play a 30-minute game every week, says founder Andrew Shanahan.

They are supported with resources such as behaviour-change tools and peer support. Uniquely, the league position is decided not just by the points won on the pitch, but by the pounds lost off it. Players score bonus goals for weight loss and this is added to the match scores to give a new league table.

Although losing weight might be what originally drew the majority of players to Man v Fat, many use the safe space for football to improve their mental fitness, too.

Sean Hawes says Man v Fat has helped improve his whole outlook

Truck driver Sean Hawes, who has been as heavy as 24 stone, suffered deteriorating mental health after breaking his leg in 2008. It resulted in suicidal thoughts in June this year. Man v Fat has given him a support structure in which to talk about his feelings and thus improve his mental health at the same time as his physical health.

Man v Fat is kind of like therapy for me, says the 32-year-old Ipswich fan, whose team is OB City.

I played a lot of football before my leg break. When I stopped I put on a ton of weight. I knew I had to do something about it because I got breathless very quickly in the garden when trying to play with my two kids.

I signed up for Man v Fat to shed some pounds and I am now down to 20 stone, but, just as importantly, being here has taken a huge weight off my mind. I suffer from depression and anxiety and football gives me something else to focus on to keep the dark thoughts away.

I dont feel alone now. You have people here of mixed ability, sizes and ages. They all have their own battles and its reassuring to know I'm not the only one who is going through depression and anxiety.

I had a mental breakdown four months ago, and part of the reason I think it happened is because I bottled up my feelings for so long. I was on a delivery one day and things just got on top of me. I snapped. The easiest way to describe it is you get a blank expression on your face and are in a weird daze.

I didnt know what was going on or where I was. It was pretty scary. Imagine driving a 44-tonne truck and having no idea what you are doing. I just had dark thoughts. I didnt want to be on this earth and thought about crashing my lorry into a car or tree.

Looking back now, I now realise the consequences of doing so wouldnt have just affected me and my family. I could've killed someone else. Its like having a pebble and chucking it into a pond, the ripples would keep going. It took me a while to admit that I had a problem and the best advice I can give anyone who is in a similar position is dont be afraid to talk about it.

Players weigh in before each game to check their weight

Thursday 10 October marks World Mental Health Day, and this season we in partnership with Royal Foundation-backed mental health charity Heads Together have launched our biggest ever mental health campaign. Heads Up will run throughout the 2019-20 season, ending at the Emirates FA Cup Final next May.

As well as promoting open dialogue around a wide range of mental health issues, it will provide not only players and staff but the entire football community with tools to improve their mental fitness.

"A lot of the guys here in Ipswich are fighting a battle between both their hips and ears, says crane driver Monty Freeman, who plays for Game of Stones.

Both my parents have died quite recently, so I have suffered from mental illness and getting fitter physically has really improved my mental health.

I think the campaign will teach men that talking about their feelings isnt a taboo subject. It was also important to hear Danny Rose speak about his battle with depression because that shows guys like me that the disease doesnt discriminate.

On the weight loss side, footballers dont tend to be obese, but retired ones sometimes develop weight issues. I loved watching Harrys Full English on television recently. The show was about a bunch of ex-players who had to lose some weight to play a game against Germany. Neil Ruddock was amazing. He has suffered mentally and physically and watching him shed some pounds was so inspiring.

Man v Fat now has around 7000 players in over 100 leagues across England. One of the most popular leagues takes place on the Astroturf pitch right outside Ipswich Towns Portman Road where, ahead of World Obesity Day on October 11, trials for Man v Fats eighth season are underway.

We're growing really fast, says Man v Fats head of marketing Matt Hudson. To be eligible you need a minimum body mass index (BMI) of 27.5 per cent for men of Asian descent and 30 for everyone else.

We use football as a vehicle to help players stick to their weight-loss programme. It's a very inclusive environment and I think thats why The FA support us. So if you love football and are considering losing weight on or around World Obesity Day why not give Man v Fat a go? Youll see proven results and wonder why you didnt join earlier.

Man v Fats results are indeed nothing short of astonishing. 95 per cent of players lose weight across each 14-week season with two out of three hitting their five per cent body-weight-reduction target.

Players are provided with coaching on the field and nutritional resources off it. As importantly, they receive peer support.

I joined Man v Fat with my brother six months ago and have already lost over a stone, says Freeman. I can now up my exercise regime because I'm visibly more mobile.

I've always carried a fair bit of timber since I was a teenager, but for the past 18 months I've been more aware of it. Driving a crane involves a lot of sitting around, so football's what keeps me active.

Last season we won the football-only league and finished fifth in the combined pitch-and-weight-loss league. We have pretty much the same squad this season, but we're going to change the team name to Olympique Mayonnaise.

The defending champions in Ipswich are KFC Wimbledon, who won eight of their 14 games to narrowly pip Real Madrass and Cholesterol Palace to the title last campaign. All matches have a familiar football feel, but the pre-match routine involves a special weigh-in instead of the traditional team-talk.

Mark Storey outside Ipswich Town's Portman Road, where the Man v Fat games are staged

Players weigh in and if they lose weight on any given week they get half a goal, says 54-year-old assistant coach Mark Storey, who has gone from 17 to 14 stone in two years and recently completed his first triathlon.

If they lose weight three weeks in a row then they get a hat-trick and we award that team a bonus goal.

And once players lose five or ten percent of their entire body weight they get three extra goals, which is massive. What it means is a team of weight losers will always beat a team of good footballers. I have seen teams lose 5-0 on the field and still win games and thats the beauty of the concept.

As the name suggests, Man v Fat has always focused on men because 67 per cent in England are either obese or overweight.

But according to the National Health Service, 62 per cent of women also suffer from weight problems. As a result, the initiative is open to catering for both sexes in the future.

We've all seen the growth of womens football, so are obviously considering Women v Fat and any other variants of the initiative that make us as inclusive as possible, says Hudson. Football is the most popular sport in the world and we want to offer it to as many people as possible to help improve their health.

Find out more about our Heads Up campaign in partnership with Heads Together.

Find out more information about Man v Fat, and find your nearest league.

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