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National Obesity Week

By January 19, 2022 No Comments
Scarborough & Whitby

National Obesity Week

Hi, I’m Natalie a Weight Management Advisor with the YOURhealth Service and I wanted to talk to you about National Obesity Week. It aims to raise awareness of the risks of obesity and the benefits of losing weight and getting more active.

Obesity is said to effect 1 in every 4 adults in the UK. The term obesity refers to individuals with a BMI of 30 or over. Risks associated with obesity include high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, types of cancer and stroke, as well as these  obesity can cause problems with low mood, depression and anxiety often caused by low self esteem and poor quality of life.

Simple changes can be made to start living a health lifestyle such as getting more active, a recommended 150 minutes of activity per week, from walking to running, joining a gym or health club to working out from home, there are plenty of options to try out in your mission to get fit. Alongside your activity if you can eat a healthy well balanced diet. There is no single rule that applies to everyone, but to lose weight at a safe and sustainable rate most people need to reduce there calories by 600 per day. Most men 1900, most women 1400.

The best way to achieve this is to swap unhealthy, high energy foods such as fast and processed foods and sugary drinks for healthier choices, as well as looking at your portion sizes.

A healthy diet should consist of:

  • Fruit and plenty of vegetables
  • Potatoes, bread, rice and pasta (wholegrain varieties preferable)
  • Some milk and diary
  • Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other no dairy sources of protein
  • Small amounts of food and drinks that are high in fat and sugar

To start making healthy changes now you can speak to one of our team about 1-1 or group support depending on your location. We have support available with our Healthtrainer Team in the East Riding or our NHS Weight Management Service in Scarbour, Whitby and Ryedale