Tackling obesity in the UK

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Reading the paper yesterday I saw that the government are looking to launch a new anti obesity campaign later in July 2020.

It is estimated that over 30% of adults in England are classed as obese, that’s anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30.

Once you reach that category the chances of additional health issues raise significantly; type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack, risk of complication from COVID-19, asthma, back and joint pain are just some of the additional risks.

Each year in Europe there are an estimated 300,000 deaths associated with excess weight, that accounts for 1 in every 13 deaths!

This image of 2 people, both of the same height but very different weights and body composition demonstrates and shows the strain that obesity can place on our bodies.

The fact that the government wants to do something about this is fantastic, I hope that they tackle not just the symptoms caused from obesity but tackle the root causes; Education around nutrition starting in schools and also for adults, increasing the amount of exercise available to Children at school and financial incentives for companies to encourage and allow their staff to exercise, making healthy food available to all and reducing poor quality cheap foods that have little nutritional value.

Building a healthier nation will benefit everyone, from the individual, the NHS with less demand for obesity related surgery and other complications from obesity, and the tax payer as the cost of this care will be reduced.

As adults it falls to us to set the example for our children and the next generation.

Everything from exercising with your children, walks, bike rides and even working out in your living room with them. Cooking from scratch can be super quick, it can give you a great sense of satisfaction, educates your children in food and taste and so much more nutritious for you.

As people, I truly believe that we have become lost and prioritised convenience over our overall health.

So, where do you start? There is so much information out on the internet, much of it contradicting what the others say, this can lead to more anxiety and put you off from starting.

There is some very basic rules to get you started:

  • Acknowledgement and acceptance that change needs to happen.

  • Setup a support network, family, friends, work and professional help (nutrition, exercise and mindset)

  • Make some small changes straight away

  • Set some goals

  • Commit to the changes and be consistent

There is lots of free advise out there but if you would like some help to guide you through how to do it and how to get real life changing results please click HERE to send us and email and we will contact you.

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