Obesity, is it an epidemic?

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In today’s society becoming overweight or obese seems to be an ever-growing problem. I don’t write this from a judgemental point of view, but more from a worried point and want to discuss why it seems to be more accepted in the current times when it could be seriously damaging ones health.

As I mentioned I am not here to judge. I can take into account the reasons for some people being obese or severely overweight, things such as depression, tragedy, insecurity and so on, and for those people i really do have the deepest sympathies. But for some people I feel it is just either total laziness or lack of knowledge surrounding food? According to the gov.uk report in 2015/16 58% of women and 68% of men were classed as overweight or obese in the UK, there was also 525 thousand admissions into NHS hospitals that same year with obesity linked as the main factor to them being admitted as it causes health issues elsewhere.

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After digging further into research I also found that obesity in children is now the worst it has ever been with 1 in 5 reception children also being classed as overweight or obese. Now from that perspective I personally feel for the children as they are not really in control of what their diet is like and are told what to eat, I understand some children can be difficult and picky with food but that’s no reason to shove fast food down their throat!

I personally am I big believer in balancing lifestyle, it’s not all just healthy living of course you need to eat the things you enjoy in life but keep it to a minimum or wait until you are where you want to be as we all love food of course. But being overweight and obese can lead to so many issues with your health including

  • Strokes
  • Cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Joint problems
  • Lack of energy
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea

Just to name a few!

What can you change?

If you are classed in the categories mentioned it’s almost pretty certain you have been told to make some significant changes in your lifestyle, here some tips to help you get on the right track and make that change which can save/change your life!

  • More exercise/movement- seems pretty obvious right?
  • Work closely with your doctor/nutritionist
  • Go through the journey with someone- You may have a family member in the same situation as you, get them on board on do it together!
  • Avoid junk food/drinks- Fast food, fizzy drinks, alcohol
  • More fruit and vegetables
  • Increase water intake
  • Empty the cupboards! Get rid of anything in the house that may tempt you to go off track
  • Hire a personal trainer

Losing weight can be an extremely difficult journey particularly if you have gotten to the obese stage, make a change before it becomes too late! It wont be easy but you can 100% get yourself back to a healthy weight for the sake of yourselves and your family. I understand this can be a controversial topic and I’d love to know what every bodies thoughts are on this! So leave plenty of comments and I look forward to hearing people’s opinions. Once again thank you so much for reading!

Matt

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Life on the side lines

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Coping with the stress of an injury requires both physical and mental toughness. Sports injury recovery normally zones in on the physical rehab side of things.But it’s also important to include sports psychology techniques so that you don’t suffer mentally as well!

Athletes react to injuries with a whole host of emotions such as denial, anger, sadness, and even depression. People who have suffered with an injury often feel hard done by and can’t really come to terms with it if they are normally fit and healthy. Although these feelings are very much real, it’s important to do your best to get beyond the negative and find more positive ways to cope with the setback you are currently facing.

Here are some tips to try to help you cope with the injury, I have recently tried to implement these myself after finding i really struggled not only physically but very much mentally after my recent injury.

 

Get some support around you

A common mistake people make after becoming injured is to completely isolate themselves, whether that be from family, friends or teammates. It is vitally important to keep in contact with people when recovering as these people can be there for you when you need to vent some anger or you are feeling down about your injury. This can be a real comfort knowing you have a good support network around you.

 

Get more knowledge of your injury

If you know more about what’s actually happened to you, the less chance you have of getting anxious or scared about it all. So ask as many questions as possible when it comes to meetings with the physiotherapist or the doctor! By knowing more about what is expected in the rehab you will feel a greater sense of control.

 

Listen to the experts! Don’t rush back

This is one of the most common and biggest mistakes people make, myself included. How many times towards the back-end of your rehab do you feel like that you are feeling good, and ready to get back into action. Only to find you have rushed back way too early and end up setting your recovery time back even further? which will again make you feel down. So listen to what the doctors tell you and don’t be arrogant and ignore the advise.

 

Keep a positive attitude

Make sure you are doing everything to give yourself the best chance of recovery. Start by being committed to getting better, this begins by being in control of your own thoughts and self-talk. Use things such as imagining good things in your head instead of focusing on the bad things. Focus on what you want the outcome to be rather than the present!

 

Mental health covers a wide umbrella and affects people in all walks of life, it is important to know you can talk to people. Don’t isolate yourself whether it’s in sport or life in general. Anyone who is going through a tough injury at the moment, it doesn’t last forever and you will get back to your best if you follow what you are meant to be doing!

Thank you again for reading 🙂

Matt