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    Mary Ellen Guiney is 30 years of age. She has a biochemistry degree from the National University of Galway, Ireland where she also rowed at home and internationally and won the All Ireland Championships in a crew boat.
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    Obesity

    Mary Ellen got involved with her mother’s cooking from a very young age and has all of of mother’s recipes in her head simply by participating and helping to cook family meals from a young age. All of these recipes are very balanced and nutritious and contain all of the three food groups and plenty of vitamins and minerals. The obesity epidemic began years ago when the low fat guidelines were introduced and diets such as weight watchers and slimming world are used centred around a low fat diet plan which is extremely unhealthy as fat (both saturated and unsaturated) is needed to maintain a healthy mind and body as the bulk of our cells are made up of water and lipids. Fat is essential to the body and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are extremely important to revert the ageing process of cells. Another common diet today is the atkins or zone diet which promotes low carbohydrate. These diets initially work as the individual loses alot of water weight, however people take in far too much saturated fat or protein on these diets which contributes to ageing of the cell. A gram of fat contains 9kcal while a gram of protein and carbohydrate contains only 4kcal. Also if one wants to participate in sport and exercise which is essential to promote natural highs through the generation of endorphins, then carbohydrate is the preferred fuel which allows for glycogen to build up in the muscle cells and this gets released slowly to promote long distance cardio or high intensity workouts which pump up the heart rate quite quickly.

    Obesity adds to a host of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and diabetes mellitus. A large amount of sugar in the diet without burning it off through a mostly sedentary lifestyle is the biggest contributor to diabetes. Obesity is usually developed early in life and is centred around both psychology and habit. We should all adopt an 80:20 rule where we eat healthy nutritious food 80% of the time, but allow ourselves treats 20% of the time. What massively adds to the obesity epidemic is pharmaceutical drugs such as anti-depressants and anti-psychotics which promote a huge appetite and slow down the metabolism.

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