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 theĀ 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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