Overcoming overweight health risks

Posted on May 16, 2017 12:00 am

We live in a world where unfortunately, more and more people are becoming overweight or obese. There are contradictory scenes related to health that am commonly seeing in cities. In the hood, there is a healthy habit in the form of the increasing number of people doing physical exercise like jogging and riding bicycles on one side while on the other its common to see not so healthy scenes fast-food consumption. We all want to be healthy, and we know being overweight or obese is a risk for many health problems in the long run. Managing weight comes down to an overall  healthy lifestyle, which is focused on eating nutritious foods and keeping physically active in a way that is sustainable, and enjoyable. No doubt eating more food than is needed to meet energy needs, consuming foods and drinks that are higher in energy in particular extra foods, weight loss and regain, adhering restrictive weight loss diets and being less physically active as well as genetics are among the reasons why folks are putting on excess weight.To gather some facts, i spoke to a nutritionist friend who lives in Broadbeach, Gold Coast who advised that eating mainly whole foods, including fruit and veggies, whole grain breads and cereals, dairy foods, lean meat and poultry, fish and meat alternatives such as eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds is better than feeding on fast food. It didn’t came as a surprise that she advised to drink plenty of water each day and the same time limiting foods containing saturated fat, added sugars and added salt. According to her, excess weight is among the biggest health concerns as it leads to heart disease and strokes.Being overweight or obese also raises the risk of type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis and psychological problems, and is linked to ­increased chances of developing a wide range of cancers.Replacing unhealthy fats with small amounts of healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds, and avocado was also part of her advise.Keep physically active which your blogger strives to achieve daily and paying closer attention and eat mindfully, allows the chance to notice when intestines are full.

Some people have heightened appetite that makes it hard for them to detect when its time to stop eating. In her views, the unhealthy eating habits across the world partly explain why the number of people suffering from obesity and being overweight is increasing. The overweight and obesity epidemics have increased significantly in the last decade both in the developed and developing worlds. Overweight and obesity are health concepts in which weight and height are used to calculate a number called the body mass index. For most people, body mass index is a good estimate of body fatness. A body mass index of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. In addition, a body mass index of 30 or higher is categorised as obese.Plenty of research has shown that obesity and being overweight increase people’€™s susceptibility to various health problems, including coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke, certain types of cancer, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and gout, pulmonary diseases and sleep apnea. The obesity pandemic frequently coexists with undernutrition and creates a double burden in many parts of the globe. Experts studies indicate the escalating epidemic of obesity and being overweight spreads rapidly. If no immediate actions are taken, millions of people will suffer from various health problems.It is also noteworthy that contrary to common assumptions, the overweight and obesity epidemic is not restricted to the developed world.No one who sees the bigger picture can fail to support those who are calling for measures to outlaw junk food marketing and sponsorships aimed at children. Perhaps a sugar tax on drinks with the revenue would help as well. It has been agreed that today’s generation of children may not outlive their parents thanks to childhood obesity and the associated chronic diseases. Young and old alike need to be empowered with the knowledge to make healthier choices for their bodies that translate into behaviour change.

Contador Harrison