TV personality Helen Lederer resolves a weighty issue

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer

One third of overweight women say they feel they have been treated differently as a result of their weight, according to new survey.
Nearly half (47%) of British women say they find themselves faced with endless teasing, 43% believe that others deem them to be lazy while 28% say they have actually been excluded from a social occasion – all because of their size.
The research by XLS-Medical Fat Binder, a new naturally derived, clinically proven weight loss aid, also found that 1 in 10 say not having a ‘healthy figure’ has meant they have missed out on job roles and a fifth said people consider them to be unintelligent.
Top reasons where people say they are treated differently when overweight include:
•Not complimented on their appearance (51%)
•Teased about their weight (47%)
•Thought of as lazy (43%)
•Excluded from social occasions (28%)
•Considered to be unintelligent (20%)
Helen Lederer, one of Britain’s best known comedy character actresses and comedy writers, who turns 58 this month, can identify with this and is concerned that her profession will not accept her being old and fat!
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The fat ceiling
Helen is more than aware that her weight has impacted on whether she is considered for high profile acting roles as well as her other work in the public eye. Three months ago she embarked on losing weight with support from new XLS-Medical Fat Binder. She comments: “I have always been curvy and conscious of my weight. In the acting industry you have to get used to rejections but as my weight crept up I became more aware that I was being asked to fewer auditions and was most definitely being overlooked for mainstream jobs. Being rejected affected my confidence and my self-esteem took a real knock. I am thrilled to report that I have lost two stones in the last three months by following a healthy balanced diet, exercising and taking XLS-Medical Fat Binder which has helped me lose more weight than I would have lost on my own.”
Age is not just a number
The research also found that nearly three quarters (74%) of people find it more difficult to lose weight as they get older, something that Helen can also attest to: “When I was younger my weight used to fluctuate a lot more and it was easier to shed a few pounds in time for my next audition or social occasion. But as I’ve got older I’ve really noticed how much more effort I need to put in. Finding the motivation to get started on my weight loss journey was the real difficulty as the pounds don’t drop off as easily as they once did.”
Leading UK Dietitian Helen Bond and Consultant Dietitian to the XLS-Medical free online weight management programme, ‘123 hello me’, comments on why older women find it more difficult to lose weight: “Your body changes as you get older and your metabolism gets slower. Many people find they are less active than they were in their 20s and if you haven’t altered your diet to reflect this then you are likely to find yourself putting on weight. Helen Lederer has demonstrated that you don’t need to make drastic changes; just a few small steps can make a real difference.”
Eliise Lindsay, Celebrity Personal Trainer and Fitness Advisor to the XLS-Medical weight management programme comments: “This research has shown that there are some real prejudices against people who don’t have the stereotypical perfect figure. We are all different shapes and sizes and there’s no one perfect size. What is important is for people to feel happy and comfortable with their bodies. By following a healthy balanced diet and taking regular exercise people will find themselves getting in shape without any unnecessary pressure,” adds Eliise.
“Light to moderate exercise at least twice a week will help people to feel fitter and healthier. And a weight loss aid like XLS-Medical can help dieters lose up to three times more weight than dieting alone – a useful support to help people on the way to reaching their weight loss goals.”
To support dieters on their weight loss journey, the 12 week XLS-Medical weight management programme, 123 Hellome, provides a wealth of advice and exercise tips as well as tools such as diet and exercise trackers.
More about Helen
Helen Lederer is one of Britain’s one of Britain’s best known comedy character actresses and comedy writers, most recognised for her role as the dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous. She is also an author and broadcaster.
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1.XLS-Medical Fat Binder weight loss survey. March 2012
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Fibre link to immune disease, reveals new research


Sydney: Australian scientists have found a “direct link” between what we eat and how well our immune system operates – a breakthrough that could explain rising rates of autoimmune disease across the western world.

Professor Charles Mackay, of Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, has identified how fibre in the diet plays a major role in ensuring a person’s immune cells function properly.

His results published in the prestigious journal Nature, also reaffirm the shift of what was once had a fringe concept into the scientific mainstream.

“This potentially explains all the previous data that no one had taken that seriously,” Prof Mackay said.

“I think it’s fair to say the broader immunological research community has never really believed that diet affects immune responses.

“This does provide a direct link for the way immune cells work with the sort of things we eat.”

Working along with PhD student Kendle Maslowski, Prof Mackay investigated the operation of an immune cell receptor known to bind with “short chain fatty acids” – the end product of fibre after being processed by gut bacteria.

This broken-down fibre was found to “profoundly affect immune cell function”, Prof Mackay said, and without it the immune cells appeared more likely to go awry.

Autoimmune disease refers to disorders in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of the body, causing inflammation.

“When (immune cells) go bad they cause inflammatory diseases, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis …” Prof Mackay said.

“We think one of the mechanisms for their normal control is short chain fatty acids binding to this receptor.

“And if we were to speculate on the real significance of this, we believe firmly that the best explanation for the increase in inflammatory diseases in western countries … is our changes in diet.”

A lack of dietary fibre could also be behind the rise in type 1 diabetes, Prof Mackay said.

The research suggests that having a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds would reduce a person’s risk of autoimmune disease.

It also helped to explain why food supplements that affect the balance of gut bacteria were known to reduce the symptoms of some inflammatory conditions.

Prof Mackay said dietary fibre, or roughage, was otherwise known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers plus it ensures you will be regular.

“The role of nutrition … is an exciting new topic in immunology,” he said.

Commenting on the study, Helen Yates, of the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre Chief Executive said, “This is a very important finding in the field of diet and immune systems. It has long been believed by many people in the MS community that diet has a role to play in the disease and this research represents a first step towards greater investigation of how the food we eat can influence the immune system diseases we develop”



Fibre absorbs water, making food expand so that it is easier to pass through the body – Eating fibre rich food protects against bowel cancer – found in vegetables, fruits, whole gains, nuts, seeds, lentils and beans.