National obesity awareness week
We all know we should be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, but did you know that only 26 per cent of adults and 16 per cent of children regularly eat the right amount?
Is it a coincidence then that 26 percent of adults in the UK are classed as obese?
Obesity increases the risk of health conditions, including joint problems, lower back pain, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, three major cancers (endometrial, breast and colon), menstrual abnormalities and stress incontinence (peeing involuntarily when you sneeze or run).
According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Excess weight raises the risk of breast cancer because fat cells produce hormones that encourage tumours.
According to Public Health England, almost two thirds of adults are overweight or obese and this, combined with the evidence that people cannot correctly identify healthy from unhealthy body shapes, suggests being overweight or obese is normalised in society.
With vanity sizing, or size inflation, in our clothes, a today’s size 14 compared to a size 14 from the 1970s would actually be an old size 18. This may seem trivial but it means we are at risk of thinking that, because our clothes sizes are the same as they were 20 years ago, we haven’t put on weight. When actually, we may have done as the clothes we buy now are often larger despite being presented as the same size.
January is the classic time to make new resolutions for the year ahead, so why not make it your resolution to take charge of your health and wellbeing once and for all. Whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, quitting smoking, reducing your alcohol consumption, or being more physically active, any change you make today will create a healthier you tomorrow.