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Obesity becoming the norm

posted 29 May 2014, 07:20 by Debbie Walker
So it's official, statistics now show that the UK has the highest number of obese children in Europe and that 2 in 3 Adults in England are overweight (BMI is over 25), and 1 in 4 are obese (BMI is over 30). These are shocking statistics, and means that now more than ever we need to look after ourselves.

There are many health disadvantages to being overweight. For example your increased risk of heart problems, and type-2 diabetes to name but two. Sadly there are no quick fixes to loosing the weight and becoming healthy, but there are many things you can do and there are people to talk to out there to help you.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued guidelines saying that they want overweight people to be sent to slimming classes with the aim to loose 3% of their weight. This small loss, which probably equates to a few pounds, will cut blood pressure and reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, and some cancers.

So with this in mind, it's time to do something proactive. A change in lifestyle is usually required, which is a combination of change in diet and increasing or incorporating exercise into your routine. This has to become part of normal life and therefore has to be realistically achievable. 

My approach looks into my clients weekly food intake and then I make some suggestions on what needs to change and guidance on how to change the individuals calorie intake, also to develop an exercise regime that fits into the individuals week and lifestyle, that suits their capabilities. 

It can sometimes be a really daunting thing to face, but it's important to get the support from friends and family and find someone you trust to help you and direct you onto the right path