Why are not we able to tackle the obesity problem in this country. We are not the only ones. America, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary and Australia are equivalent or behind the UK in the obesity struggle. Obesity and the illnesses it causes is well documented on TV and online. Why is not the message coming through. The information is there.
Culture shifts toward fast foods has had a huge effect on the eating habits. 30 to 40 years ago, speedy food was only accessible in fish and chip shops. McDonald’s was just starting out in the UK then.
‘Apps’ like’Hungary House’ make it so simple to order food. One click of this button onto your cellphone, and your done. You only have to make the effort to get off the couch and walk to the front door.
It starts from the day you are born. What food your parents introduce to you sets up your eating habits for life. In case you have a balanced diet of fruit, meat and vegetables early on, you become accustomed to that. Going the other way, if you are introduced to lots of sweet high sugar foods at a young age, this becomes your standard. Sugar, of course has that added attraction for kids. The sugar rush as well the sweet taste are too tough to resist. The food markets know this and go out of their way to lure everyone, especially children. The sweets are always close to the checkout, at a height where it right under the noses of kids.
What can be achieved?
We’re creatures of habit. It’s in our nature. Changing addictive habits like sugar or smoking are not easy to do. Adverts focused on the damaging effects of smoking changed people’s outlook.
This kind of advertising applied to high sugar and salt intake could be strong… but it has to be a sustained effort. The campaign against smoking has gone on for more than 20 years. The’truth’ campaign aimed at eliminating adolescent smoking in the United States started in 1999. The adolescent smoking rate was 23% back then. In 2016 the number was down to 6 percent.
The Government should invest in the anti-sugar campaign. The NHS face even more pressure dealing with patients with food related illness.
With the people’s steady growth, the next 50 years could be a nightmare for healthcare.
Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, cancers, depression and anxiety. Severely obese individuals are 3 times more likely to require social care than those with normal weight. Including hospitalisation and the related health and social care costs.
The NHS estimated that the cost of obesity for 2006/7 to be 5.1 billion. The prices account for obesity medication, increasing use of bariatric surgery and new equipment to accommodate larger people.
Education Is Essential
My son is a fitness expert. He runs what are called’Weight Change Classes’.
He says”We like to maintain an assortment of exercises to keep the interest there. 1 week, it will be pull ups and press ups, shoulder press and leg press exercises. The following week more cardio based with a few free weights such as dumb bells and pot bells. Another week might be kettle bells and TRX in a circuit training format. It’s still weight established, but you keep the intensity up, and maintain the heart-rate high.
He says about diet,”I actually try to educate them about how bad sugar is, and too much’carby’ foods..to much rice, pasta, chocolate sweets, fizzy drinks. I don’t track and measure what they eat, but give them an understanding of what they put into their body.
Do you measure their weight loss?
Yeah, we do weigh-ins regularly. Generally, the customers that do see improvements are those that stick to the program. I have clients that have listened to what I’ve advised and they’ve seen good results. At precisely the exact same time I have given advice to other clients, and they have found it more challenging to stick to.
How long does it take to lose weight?
Some clients lose up to two pounds weekly. Some can even lose 4-5 pounds per week.
A basic target of 2 pounds per week over a period of 3-4 months is a huge loss. About 13/4 stones.
Yes, very important to look at fat percentage, not just losing body weight. You can break that down into body fat, muscle mass, bone density, and water retention. We can quantify all that, so you really see all the parts that make up the entire body weight. So we focus far more on the body fat, because you might lose muscle mass. That would be unhealthy. That is why we concentrate on the weight training to continue to the muscle mass. . That and encourage high protein intake to maintain muscle mass.
So after say 6 months, surely your customers should be able to go out on their own with no assistance?
Sure, 6 months down the line, you’d have learnt so much, experimented with unique exercises, recorded the exercises, so you have them to follow. Over 6 months you would have completed these exercises so many times, it would be like instant nature..So after this time you don’t have to be babied any more, you know what to do, you can go on your own, so it is kind of like a lesson for life.
So that you don’t encourage people to starve themselves to lose weight?
You have to look at food like it is fuel. It is like putting wood on a fire. It’s going to keep your blood glucose burning. The fire burns , your metabolism dies down. Keep the metabolism high and you’ll be burning calories daily. Look at body builders, they’re constantly burning calories, but they’re never hungry, but they have hardly any body fat”.
To keep weight down is something which takes commitment, self-determination and self-discipline.
With a little help from informed professionals, it’s extremely doable. It takes self drive to achieve weight loss objectives. Today there’s so much help from places like YouTube and internet articles. You never need to feel like your on your own with weight loss. To maintain healthy into old age is well worth it. We’re much happier. We have never been informed about health as we are today. There should be less obesity than was 30 years back, not more!