Obesity is the term used when weight reaches a level that
can affect your health, it is diagnosed if your "body
mass index" is above 30.
or doctor can tell you what you BMI is. In most cases,
putting on weigh is the resul of unhealthy easting behaviours,
unhealthy food choices and low levels of activity.
There are also many problems associated with being overweight
and these include personal, social and health problems
- Feeling down and unhappy
- Being teased
- Heart problems
Before you can make the changes to remove these problems
and acheive your desired weight, you need to become aware
and understand your current eating and exercise habits;
- Low levels of excercise
Based on the body mass index, people are categorized
as normal weight, overwight, or obese;
||40 and above
To calculate your BMI, click
key to achieving your goals is to remind yourself why
you can't lose weight, this will keep you motivated"
Busy lives, changes in technology, not walking because
of the use of the car lead to the changes in which we
are not always taking the time to eat healthy. People
follow diets and lose weight, but then they return to
a previous pattern and find that they put on weight, to
be consistent, develop new habits and change the way in
which food fits into yoyur life.
Changing the way you feel about eating and excercise
can give you many rewards;
- Improved health
- Feeling of having more energy
- Changes in everyday aspects of lives
Being obese can also increase the risk of developing many
potentially serious health conditions, including;
- Type 2 diabetes - A condition that causes
a blood sugar level to become too high
- High blood presssure
- High cholesterol and atherosclerosis
(where fatty deposits narrow your arteries), which can
lead to coronary heart disease and stroke
- Metabolic syndrome - A combination of
diabetes' high blood pressure and obesity
- Bowel, breast and womb cancers
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
- Where stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and into
the oesophagus (gullet)
- Gallstones - Small stones made out of
cholesterol, that form in the gallbladder
- Reduce fertility
- Osteoarthritis - A condition involving
pain and stiffness in your joints
- Sleep apnoea - A condition that cause
interrupted breathing during sleep, which can lead to
to daytime sleepiness with an increased risk of road
traffice accidents, as well as a greater risk of diabetes,
high blood pressure and heart disease
- Liver and kidney disease
- Preganancy complications - such as gestational
diabetes or pre-eclampsia (when a woman experiences
a potentially dangerous rise of blood pressure during
Obesity reduces life expectancy by an average of 3-10
years. depending on how severe it is. It's estimated that
obeisty and being overweight conribute to at least 1 in
every 13 deaths in Europe.
Make sure that you set yourself realistic goals. Start
off with small changes, building them up to larger ones.
There's no "quick fix" for obesity. Weight
loss programmes take time and commitment, and work best
when fully completed. The healthcare professionals involved
with your care should provide encouragement and advice
about how to maintain the weight loss achieved.
Regularly monitoring your weight, setting realistic goals
and involving your friends and family with your attempts
to lose weight can also help.
Remember that even losing what seems like a small amount
of weight, such as 3% or more of your original body weight,
and maintaining this for life, can significantly reduce
your risk of developing obesity-related complications
like diabetes and heart disease.
If it's been a long time since you did any exercise,
you should check out the NHS
Choices Couch to 5K running plan.
It consists of podcasts delivered over the course of
nine weeks and has been specifically designed for absolute
To begin with, you start running for short periods of
time, and as the plan progresses, gradually increase the
At the end of the nine weeks, you should be able to run
for 30 minutes non-stop, which for most people is around
five kilometres (3.1 miles).
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Website updated on Thursday 1st August 2019