National Obesity Awareness Week
This January, National Obesity Awareness Week will run from 14-20 January, spread the word by cooking your family a healthy dinner, encouraging a friend to join you in that gym class or simply take yourself off for a walk with the dog.
Obesity is more prevalent than ever. The Healthy Survey for England published in December 2019 stated that in England:
- In 2018, 67% of men were overweight or obese, 60% of women were overweight or obese
- During 2018, 2% of men and 4% of women were morbidly obese
- Throughout 2018, 34% of men and 48% of women had a very high waist measurement, indicating central obesity
- 56% of adults were at increased, high or very high risk of chronic disease due to their waist circumference or BMI
- In 2018, 28% of children between ages 2-15 were overweight or obese, including 15% who were obese
What are the risks of obesity?
- Heart disease and stoke
- High blood pressure
- Some cancers
- Gallbladder disease and gallstones
- Breathing problems, including sleep apnea and asthma
What can you do to maintain a healthy weight?
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet, consisting of 3 main meals (a couple of snacks can be eaten if needed)
- Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day
- Get active, aim to take part in at least 5 30 minute exercise sessions each week, this can include gardening or a brisk walk with the dog
- Plan your meals ahead of time
- Connect with others, helping each other on your weight loss journey will make motivation easier to maintain and increase accountability
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