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With Sam Feltham
An Interview on UK Health Radio
by Katharine Tate
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n the U.K., 25% of adults are categorised as
obese, the highest prevalence in Europe, type
2 diabetes has risen by 65% in the past 10
years with no sign of slowing down and both cost
the NHS 16 billion a year. The large amounts of
conflicting, often sponsored, information available
via the Internet and the mainstream media can make
understanding what is right for us as individuals a
real challenge.
Sam Feltham is director of The Public Health
Collaboration a charity dedicated to informing and
implementing healthy decisions for better public
health. The charity helps to inform by publishing
evidence-based reports on the most pressing public
health issues alongside coordinated campaigns
and implementing initiatives for improving public
health. Sam Feltham shares his personal story and
the development of the
collaboration.
Sam has his own health
story after developing
Hodgkin's Lymphoma
when he was aged just 13.
After a full recovery at 16
he then started working
at his local sports centre,
later went off to university
and then worked as a
snow boarding instructor for 4 years. After this he
decided that he wanted to help as many people as
possible so he trained to become a personal trainer
where he delivered standard personal trainer
advice. In 2010, Sam read `Why We Get Fat' which
initiated his interest in research and led him to start
advising his clients to follow a low carb diet to lose
weight. After so many success stories he planned
to reach a bigger audience and decided to set up a
boot camp called `Smash the Fat'. He soon realised