Health Weeks come and go, and unless we are directly affected by the condition or illness being highlighted, or know someone who is, we generally don’t take too much notice.
This week (15-21 February 2016) is Australia’s Healthy Weight Week.
You should take note, because statistically, your health probably depends upon it.
Obesity rates are rising
According to a recent study published in the Lancet, shows that Australian obesity rates are climbing faster than anywhere else in the world.
Currently, 63 per cent of adults are classified as overweight, with 28 per cent obese. Alarmingly, around 25 per cent of teenagers carry too much weight.
To put that in perspective, out of every 10 of you reading this blog — around six of you are overweight with three of you being obese. One quarter of all teenagers who read this are likely to be overweight also.
Carrying too much weight is dangerous
For most of us, being overweight is uncomfortable, which is why we want to lose weight in the first place. We struggle zipping up our jeans, that spare tyre around our middle is constantly in the way, and we can’t keep up with the kids anymore.
But some of us are ‘comfortable’ carrying a few (or more) extra kilos. While it’s great to feel comfortable in your own skin, it has been scientifically proven that carrying too much body fat puts your life at risk.
Being overweight can lead to a host of problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Musculoskeletal problems including osteoarthritis and back pain
- Sleep apnoea
Even if you currently don’t exhibit signs of any of the above you are at a higher risk to develop them later on, than someone who is a healthy weight.
For the sake of our long-term health, most of us need to address our weight issues.
What you can do
Healthy Weight Week, an initiative of the Dietitians Association of Australia, aims to address the problem of obesity in Australia.
The first point of action should be to determine whether you are a healthy weight or not. A simple check in the mirror, will usually suffice for most of us.
If you need to change your life for the better and shed some excess body fat, speak to your doctor.
Losing weight is not just a matter of “going on a diet”. If you carry excess fat, you should have a check-up with your doctor to see if you have any underlying health issues (e.g. high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc.). Once you have a baseline for your health, your doctor will be able to advise you on how much weight you should aim to lose, and the safest and most effective way to go about it.
It’s never too late to make a change for the good, and avoid becoming one of Australia’s obesity statistics. So why not take the first step today?
Further information: http://www.healthyweightweek.com.au/