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 :
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.
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?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
This article was first published on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond in February 2015 and has been updated.