Reports earlier this year claimed that around two thirds of adults in the UK are overweight which is a shocking statistic and so too are the health implications if you are overweight; increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure to name just a few. But losing weight is hard work, it takes fierce determination and resolve and one person who has both in bucket loads is Sandy from Baby Baby who has lost an astounding seven stone over the last eighteen months. Yes, seven stone. She has blogged about her weight loss journey and in this inspiring post; The Small Things About a Big Weight Loss, she talks about how losing weight has impacted on her life.
Acne is something that affects around 80% of teenagers but many adults suffer with it too and it can make life very miserable. Over at Mum of Three World, Sarah writes about the acne that has affected her life for many years and how she has now been prescribed Roaccutane which has been in the news a lot because of the serious side effects that it can have. She talks openly about the possible side effects of taking the medication but how and why she has made the decision to go ahead with it anyway.
Epilepsy is something that I personally know very little about but Laura from Mummy to boyz knows only too well what it is like to live with someone who has epilepsy. In her post The first seizure, she describes her fear when her healthy 27 year old husband suffered with his first seizure. The implications of these seizures are far reaching and I was shocked to read that everyone has a two per cent chance of having a seizure out of the blue, for no reason.
I talked a lot about Asthma last month but I wanted to include a post from Helen at Actually Mummy whose daughter has Asthma and who is keen to raise awareness of children having access to their inhalers in school. In Asthma – the cold fear inside, she talks about her own worries regarding her daughter’s asthma and how it is essential for children to have their inhalers with them all the time even though it is currently illegal for schools to have an spare inhaler for use in an emergency. Any parent of a child with asthma or who suffers themselves will understand how important this issue is and how quickly someone can deteriorate without access to an inhaler.
Being of a ‘certain age’ the menopause is most definitely on the horizon and Looking for Blue Sky has most certainly been there. In her post The truth about the menopause, whilst she admits that it is different for everyone, she gives a very honest account of her experience. It isn’t all bad either …
Living with food allergies and intolerances can be really tricky and it is huge relief to find recipes that will suit the whole family. The Recipe Resource is a wonderful website if you are looking for food inspiration for children or adults with food allergies and intolerances. There really is something for everyone from Spring Chicken Casserole to Mango Ice cream, there is a great selection and I recommend you take a look.
This month has seen lots of people take to the streets to raise money for a very worthy cause in the Race for Life and I love that the Race for Life was a family affair over at Blue Bear Wood. Read all about how they got on in the post Running with my girls – Race For Life for a lovely post about a family having fun and raising money at the same time.
Finally, lots of bloggers have been involved in a Sightsavers campaign this month to help raise awareness of the work that Sightavers do to prevent curable blindness. In Becky from Baby Budgeting’s post What my sight means to me, she talks about how having her own vision corrected has meant so much to her and her post does make you think about how lucky we are to have our sight and how we really should reflect on what we would miss if we couldn’t see. Lots of other bloggers linked up to this post and there are some wonderful posts that you can read on the same subject.
That’s it for this month. Don’t forget to tweet me @stressymummy if you write any health related posts next month.