International Therapist Autumn 2016, Issue 118

The Autumn issue of International Therapist is on its way to members…


This issue includes articles by:

  • Christopher Bagot – what our eyes tell us about our overall health;
  • Alison Battisby – how to build a tribe and grow your business on Facebook;
  • Ziggie Bergman – an introduction to the Zone Face Lift;
  • Dr Craig Brown – the value and therapeutic role of mindfulness and meditation;
  • Lorraine Dallmeier – an introduction to anti-pollution skincare;
  • John Gibbons – how strain counter-strain can help clients with back pain;
  • Fiona Holland – what language used in marketing says about body image;
  • Gill Morris – the increased demand for electrolysis in the beauty industry;
  • Professor Robert Thomas – the benefits of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis;
  • Anna Venables – an introduction to auricular acupuncture.

Plus a look at how therapy can support people with arthritis; an interview with Wendy Stirling, founder and managing director of Botanicals; updates from our FHT local support groups; a day in the life of… Emma Leeson, a sports, complementary and corporate massage therapist; members’ news; an interview with FHT President Paul Battersby; and lots more…

Don’t miss the opportunity to win WaveStone Therapies products, worth £150, in the members’ competition.

Landing from Tuesday 25 October. You can also login to read this issue (from Tuesday 25 October) and past issues online at

New figures indicate 268 million school-aged children globally will be overweight by 2025

New figures published by the World Obesity Federation in Pediatric Obesity suggest that if current trends continue, by 2025 some 268 million school-aged children (age 5 to 17.9 years) worldwide will suffer excess bodyweight including 91 million who will have obesity. This is an increase from 223 million in 2013, and is in addition to the estimated 41 million children under age five who are currently overweight or obese.


In addition to rising levels of overweight and obesity, the analysis also suggests large numbers of children globally will be affected by obesity-related diseases by 2025. This includes up to 28 million with hypertension, 39 million with fatty liver disease, 15 million with impaired glucose tolerance and as many as 4 million with Type 2 diabetes, a disease which usually affects older age groups. (Note some children will have more than one condition.)

Perhaps of most concern is the fact that 80% of child overweight and obesity is expected to occur in low and middle income countries, where health systems will face rapid increases in demand for treating chronic diseases, and economic productivity will be reduced.

The President of the World Obesity Federation, Professor Ian Caterson from the Boden Institute at the University of Sydney, said “The obesity epidemic has reached virtually every country in the world, and overweight and obesity levels are continuing to rise in most places. It is of particular concern that it is the low and middle income countries who have the least resources to treat obesity are likely to have the greatest burden. Governments know the present childhood obesity epidemic is unsustainable and doing nothing is not an option. That’s why we are calling for urgent action.”

In the last ten years, consumption of sugary drinks worldwide increased by a third (33%). More than half of the world’s population now live in urban environments, while 80% of young people aged 11-17 fail to get sufficient physical activity.

In 2012 governments all around the world made a commitment to reduce the prevalence of young child and adolescent obesity to 2010 levels by the year 2025. In 2016 the governments of the World Health Assembly considered the report of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity and resolved to develop national responses to implement the Commission’s recommendations.

Dr Tim Lobstein, Director of Policy at the World Obesity Federation and author of the research commented “Soft drink and fatty food consumption have increased world-wide and children are becoming more sedentary. Junk food advertising continues to influence food choices, and increasing numbers of families live on low incomes in urban environments – a recipe for weight gain.  Governments have pledged to reduce child and adolescent obesity to 2010 levels by the year 2025. Governments will utterly fail to meet this target unless they take strong action, including setting high standards for public sector food supplies, using public sector purchasing power, and introducing market interventions including taxation, labelling and advertising restrictions.”

There is a need to improve the delivery of weight management and treatment services to ensure access for every person who needs them, children and adults alike. Medical services will need funding, staff will need training, and proper care pathways must be developed to ensure everyone has access to the care they need.


Source: World Obesity Federation

Image: Shutterstock



Volunteer therapist needed to help homeless people this Christmas

National homelessness charity Crisis is calling on FHT members to provide complementary therapies for homeless people at its temporary centres this Christmas.

Crisis at Christmas 2015

Crisis at Christmas 2016 runs from 23 – 30 December, with centres set to open across London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Coventry and Edinburgh. As well as warmth, companionship and hot meals, guests will receive healthcare and specialist advice on housing, work and benefits.

The massage and natural healing services provided by volunteers are hugely valued by guests, giving them access to treatment they may otherwise miss out on during the rest of the year.

If you practice traditional massage, shiatsu, reflexology, Indian head massage or aromatherapy please sign up as a Massage Volunteer when applying. Massage Volunteers will work as part of a mobile service based at Link Rough Sleepers Centre, with transport provided to and from the other centres in London.

If you practice natural healing, reiki or cranio-sacral therapy, please sign up to be a Natural Healer Volunteer.

Crisis at Christmas centres are run by thousands of volunteers from all walks of life with registration now open at

Homelessness has increased markedly in recent years, with rough sleeping more than doubling since 2010, rising by 30% in the last year alone.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “Christmas can be an extremely isolating time for those without a home to call their own. Many of us can take for granted the companionship and shelter we enjoy at Christmas, yet one in four homeless people spends the festive period alone. This year, the number of rough sleepers in England has continued to rise at an alarming rate, and across the UK tens of thousands of people do not have a proper place to call home. Unfortunately, Crisis at Christmas is as important as ever this year.

“It is only through the generosity of thousands of volunteers that help make Crisis at Christmas happen for homeless people. Volunteers can not only bring some much-needed cheer to our guests but also encourage them to take up the life-changing opportunities on offer all year round at our centres across the country.”

FHT Members – we know that many of you have been kind enough to support Crisis in previous years. Please let the FHT know if you support Crisis this Christmas, as we’d welcome a short write-up for International Therapist.

Wearable technology no more effective than traditional weight loss methods

A randomised controlled trial on the effectiveness of wearable technology in addressing obesity has found that devices that provide and offer feedback on physical activity may not offer an advantage over standard behavioural weight loss approaches.


The study, published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) sought to establish whether wearable technologies specific to physical activity and diet were effective at improving weight loss.

Four hundred and seventy participants were placed on a low-calorie diet, given a physical activity plan and had counselling sessions. These participants were then randomly split into two groups, with one initiating ‘self-monitoring of diet and physical activity using a website’ and the other given wearable devices and a web interface to monitor diet and physical activity.’

There were ‘significant improvements in body composition, fitness, physical activity, and diet, with no significant difference between groups.’

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