You’ve heard of the pay gap and you’ve followed the horrors of the #metoo movement, now get ready for ‘The Health Gap.’ Women and healthcare have always had a tumultuous relationship. Race and poverty come into play when discussing who has it worse in healthcare, however, they are huge conversations on their own. Throughout history women’s health queries have been ignored, misdiagnosed and dismissed as dramatics. From the Ancient Greeks believing most of women’s pains came from a wandering womb - to the Victorian times, when doctors had a nasty habit of admitting any woman with mysterious pain to mental hospitals, and diagnosing them instead with the metal disorder ‘hysteria’ (Greek for of the uterus). Some argue that the traditional medical system as it stands now, forces women to
Almost two-thirds of adults (64%) in England are overweight or obese, a recent study by the NHS has found. The study also found that almost a third (30%) of children aged 2-15 were overweight or obese, with 17% of them who were obese. Tracy Parker, senior dietitian at the British Heart Foundation told the Voice of London that the findings paint a “troubling picture of people living in poor health” due to a range of lifestyle factors, including smoking and an unhealthy diet. She said it is “especially concerning that obese children are more likely to be obese adults”, as this, coupled with “spiralling diabetes rates” could lead to “thousands more people suffering heart attacks and strokes in the coming years." Mrs Parker believes that “greater availability of cheap calorie d
The NHS is now offering a special low-calorie diet to approximately 5000 patients with type 2 diabetes. Participants in the programme will be restricted to consume only 800 calories a day in liquid forms, such as soups and shakes for a three months period in a bid to reverse their condition. Anna Green shared her concerns to Voice of London: "I am 38 years old, I've been ill for almost all my life. I really want to take this opportunity, but I am afraid that it will be really unhealthy to only intake a very low amount of calories and only in drinks. Three months is a very long time!" Jo Travers, a registered dietitian with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, told Voice of London: "The answer is someti...
The waiting list for treatment never ends. Freddie Cocker came to terms with his mental health issues at the age of 21. He had depression, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic and obsessive overthinking. “I first went to them [university counselling services] and said I was feeling very down and needed to speak to someone, but they told me I had to wait five months for an appointment,” Freddie told Voice of London. He’s not the only one to struggle with mental health before receiving help. One of the leading mental health charities, Rethink Mental Illness, recently published a survey with results which can be considered concerning. According to the report, patients that are more mentally ill find themselves waiting longer for treatment. The average w