Why You need to know what a Healthy Weight Range is

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Next week is Healthy Weight Week in Australia and the statistics for overweight and obesity in adults AND children is not good!  As a society we need to take a good look at why the numbers look this way and what we can do about it.

Having a week to focus on healthy eating and exercise will help short term in educating people on what they need to do to lose weight.  However, we need to look at deeper issues and also realise that being healthy is a lifestyle not a fad.

The Obsession with Body Image & Weight

The world is obsessed with Body Image & Weight .  Unfortunately, the statistics are not good when it comes to obesity and a healthy weight range in adults.

Based on measured height and weight from the 2011–12 Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Health Survey :

Almost 2 in 3 Australian adults (63%) are overweight or obese.Click To Tweet

We can all come up with different excuses for why we have gained weight and I know that there is a group in society that defends people who are overweight and even promotes that they look healthy and beautiful.

Obesity is not healthy! Being underweight is not health! We need to change our perceptions.Click To Tweet

We need to find a balance in our lives that will help us maintain a healthy weight range and still enjoy our lives.

So let’s stop with the EXCUSES and start really looking at why obesity is almost an epidemic!!

Why should we worry about our weight range?

Carrying excess weight is tiring but more importantly, being overweight or obsese are major risk factors for:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Musculoskeletal conditions

Apart from being a risk factor being overweight can affect  the way we control and manage these diseases.

What is a healthy weight?

Do you know what your healthy weight range is?

No I’m not talking about looking like a unrealistic super model!  I’m talking about a medically healthy weight range for our height and age.

You have probably heard about BMI which is body mass index as a way to assess your body weight.  It compares weight with height.  However there are other determining factors in measuring your body weight.  This link will explain that apart from BMI, waist circumference, age, body shape and hip to waist ration all play a part.

http://healthyweightweek.com.au/assess-your-body-weight/

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Get a check up and discuss with your doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have gained weight for no reason.  There could be an underlying health problem.

In my next post about Healthy Weight Range, I look at how you can achieve and maintain it.

 

What is one thing you can do today to start a healthier lifestyle?

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This article was first published on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond in February 2015 and has been updated.

 

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29 thoughts on “Why You need to know what a Healthy Weight Range is

  1. Michele

    I didn’t realize that Australian had the same obesity problem as in the US. I have this image of Australians as being svelte outdoorsy types. I hired a nutritionist- I am working on it!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes Michele, it is a sad fact of life that I think most Western countries have this problem. Way to go you hiring a nutritionist – great idea. Good luck and let me know how you go.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Good for you Rev! I find it difficult if I just want to lose those last couple of pounds – they are usually the hardest to get rid of! Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely week!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Jayne it isn’t about being skinny it is about being in a healthy weight range so that your body can function. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Mary, it can be a struggle at times but we have to keep trying. Have a great week and I know you will do it. Come and visit #couchpotatotofabfit facebook group and we can give you some support.

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  2. Monica Bruno

    Great post, Sue. I agree about making permanent lifestyle changes to maintain a healthy weight. I have never believed in “diets” because they are temporary, and the choices we make about the food we eat, and the exercise we do can not be temporary. Many people will go on a diet, lose weight and then go back to their bad habits and gain more weight than before.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Monica! Diets are short term so we need to just accept that if we want to be healthy we need to make healthier choices. Thanks for stopping by and commmenting. It is always lovely to hear from you.

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  3. Leanne@crestingthehill

    I’m noticing how easily the weight can creep up now that midlife is upon me and I’m making a conscious effort to eat well and get a moderate amount of exercise every day to stop myself becoming a statistic. Thanks for the reminder Sue and thanks for sharing on our #OTM link up ~ Leanne

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Leanne that is why I run. What you are doing is great eating healthy and exercising regularly that is all you need to do.

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  4. Julie S.

    This is a wonderful post – there a lot of factors for a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. Diets might help get you to a certain point in the short term, but a lifestyle change is what keeps you healthy. That’s something I’m trying to remember and focus on.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post Julie. Just focus on being healthy and happy and forget the diets that is my motto. Thanks for linking up and stopping by to comment.

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  5. laura dove

    Wow I had no idea about Australia having weight issues the same as America, that’s quite surprising to me! Great post to encourage others to try and adopt healthier lifestyles, I personally may have a healthy BMI but I need to increase my fitness and improve my diet! Thanks for the reminder! #overthemoonlinkparty

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  6. Aletha Oglesby

    This is important information Sue. Yes, not only has the incidence of obesity risen in the United States and Australia but even in countries which we typically call “developing”- as people in those nations adopt a Western style of eating, they also adopt our health consequences.
    Not only does obesity contribute to sleep apnea , we now believe that sleep apnea or even poor sleep in general causes obesity, by affecting the brain hormones that control appetite and metabolism. Some specialists recommend that all obese people have a sleep apnea evaluation.
    And thank you for mentioning obese children-they are often overlooked in discussions about obesity, but they also need identification and counselling.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hello Aletha and thank you for visiting. Being obese has so many health problems apart from the mental health issues involved. I think that having an Obese child is a form of child abuse as the parents should be encouraging them to run around and enjoy life without the fast foods – unfortunately, I think it is a vicious cycle – the parents aren’t educated about a healthy lifestyle so they can’t teach the children.

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  7. Lindsey

    Great post. I love that you point out BMI as an important factor. So many people focus on weight, but with how varied our bodies are it’s not really fair to compare. I’m pinning, stumbling and tweeting this. <3

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Lindsey! Thanks so much for doing all of that SM sharing for me. I think it is such an important message that we need to get out there. I fear for the next generation if they aren’t educated about a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are all different and I don’t promote being ‘skinny’ just healthy but some people don’t understand what a healthy range is. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

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  8. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama

    Sadly I am overweight – one of that 2 in 3 statistic. I think my BMI is 28 from memory! I know I need to get more active, working from home I tend to be at my desk all day. I’ve started aqua aerobics and hope to add a regular walk to my days once it cools down a bit – I know from past experience this helps me get to a health weight.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Janet! Working from home is difficult because you do tend to sit for long periods at the computer without taking a break. At least you have started aqua aerobics and if you add in regular walks you are off to a good start. Keep going you can do it!

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  10. Haralee

    I noticed when I went for a yearly that I was 5 pounds more than the year before. Oh well I thought 5 pounds isn’t much and it was after the Holidays or vacation or something. Then the following year I was 5 pounds more and I gave myself the same excuses for 2 more years and 20 pound increase! My creeping weight gain was becoming a problem. I think this is very similar to many women! I am on it now and I am creeping down to a healthier weight.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      That is a problem isn’t it Haralee. We add a couple of pounds here or there and think ‘that won’t take much to lose’ but we don’t make the effort. It is just a matter of getting back to basics eating healthier and regular exercise. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I love my food too Rebecca but my exercise helps me maintain a reasonable weight. Have a great day!

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  12. Marian aka The Juvenile Retiree

    I’ve always been on the small side although I gained over 10 lbs since I quit smoking last year 🙁
    I got a Fitbit, it’s helped get me moving again. I walk now when before, I would have gotten into the car.
    I firmly believe that you need to balance healthy eating (including # of calories and less meat) with regular exercise and you will get where you want to be.
    BTW – I have a high BMI. My sister-in-law, the medical professional,says that I am obese on the inside….

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think that Fitbits or apps are great to keep us motivated. I know when I did my 10,000 steps a day challenge I kept looking to see how many steps I had done. Interesting point about BMI and obese on the inside. I need to check that out. Thanks Marian!

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