This Game Called ‘Obesity’ You Only Win When You Lose

This Game Called ‘Obesity’ You Only Win When You Lose

Is your Body Mass Index above 30? Well, it might be time to check your weight.

BMI is simply a key index for relating weight to height, thus, a person’s weight in kilograms is divided by their height in metres squared. This has been used by various institutes of health to term people as either; underweight, overweight or obese. A BMI of 30-40 is what is termed as obese while over 40 is what is commonly referred to as over obese.

According to Dr. Ayan Panja a clinical assurance adviser for NHS, waist measurement is one of the ways one can use to understand the complex nature of obesity as a term. “Women with a waist of 31.5 inches or greater and men with a waist of 37 inches or greater are more likely to develop obesity-related health problems.”

Photo Credit: Martha Awinoh-Rebecca in her full-time sweets business along George Street

Paul J. Meyer, an author and pioneer of self –improvement industry once said; “productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligence, planning and focused effort.” – This is the same required standard for one who is deliberate in fighting this monster termed as obesity. So what exactly caused one to be obese? Is it eating too much and moving too little?

Two out of three adults and almost a third of children living in Scotland are overweight according to a detailed report released by Food Standard Scotland(FSS) which also shows nine out of ten of Scots agree that obesity is a serious problem in Scotland.

The affordability of food is a key contributing factor to the rise of obesity. Most of the consumers feel that cost is a barrier to eating more healthily. Half of those on the lowest incomes think that healthy food is too expensive, compared with 34% of those on the highest incomes according to National Health Service (NHS) statistics. Thirty- seven percent of women living in deprived areas are obese compared to 21% living in deprived areas while in men the figures are 28% and 22%, respectively.

 

‘The Scottish Government has spent close to £7.5 Million over the past three years on healthy eating projects and funding programmes aimed at helping people to make healthier choices.’

Scottish Slimmers have designed over 200 flexible classes that have simple-to-follow eating plans for weight loss. Lynn Bogie Scottish Slimmers Class manager believes those who maintain a good diet and attending class lose more weight; “Everyone who follows our plans loses weight and those who attend the fun and lively classes lose more weight. Every weight watcher can be the best they want to be.”

The affordability of food is a key contributing factor to the rise of obesity. Most of the consumers feel that cost is a barrier to eating more healthily. Half of those on the lowest incomes think that healthy food is too expensive, compared with 34% of those on the highest incomes according to National Health Service (NHS) statistics. Thirty- seven percent of women living in deprived areas are obese compared to 21% living in deprived areas while in men the figures are 28% and 22%, respectively.

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Scottish Slimmers have designed over 200 flexible classes that have simple-to-follow eating plans for weight loss. Lynn Bogie Scottish Slimmers Class manager believes those who maintain a good diet and attending class lose more weight;

“Everyone who follows our plans loses weight and those who attend the fun and lively classes lose more weight. Every weight watcher can be the best they want to be.”

Obesity Action Scotland has undertaken work including providing clinical leadership and independent advocacy on preventing and reducing overweight and obesity in Scotland. The team raises awareness and understanding of what drives obesity and the health problems associated with obesity and being overweight

Lorraine Tulloch programme lead at Obesity Action Scotland says ‘junk food marketing is big business in UK with over £143 Million spent on advertising junk food. Children are particularly vulnerable to these adverts as they easily grasp the content advertised and demand for it while shopping with their parents.”

 

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According to Obesity Action Scotland, since 1998, the proportion of children at risk of being overweight (including obesity) has fluctuated between 29% and 33.

In 2014, 31% of children were at risk of overweight, including 17% at risk of obesity, while 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 28% who were obese.

Tulloch added: “a 9pm watershed for TV advertising of foods high in fat, sugar or salt is a key factor in controlling childhood obesity. Advertising and marketing techniques have the potential to influence obesity rates by overriding established eating patterns; they can encourage buying more of a product or switching between brands and products.”

The Scottish Government has spent close to £7.5 Million over the past three years on healthy eating projects and funding programmes aimed at helping people to make healthier choices.

Vanessa Gilpin, founder of strEAT Events talks about the importance of delivering health food to schools and events. “Delivery of health food is our passion. Our team of experienced event planners work towards delivering tasty and healthy events to both schools and outdoor events within Scotland.”

 

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One- fifth of calories and fat consumed by Scots comes from Cakes, biscuits, pastries, crisps, and sugary drinks according to a Scottish diet review by Obesity Action Scotland. The percentage of food energy contributed by added sugars (14.5%) remains higher than the Scottish Dietary Goal of less than 11% of food energy. If the trend continues, the cost of obesity will double by 2030.

All these are statistics to show that it is time we take up the challenge to commit to healthy lifestyles not just occasional visits to the gym and ceremonious morning workouts whenever we need to get into the right shape to fit into a particular outfit. Molly Ward, Marketing and Design Executive at National Slimming and Cosmetics (NSC) suggests the availability of free consultation services from well trained and experienced doctors is the best solution to losing weight. “NSC aims to provide safe, effective, and healthy weight loss solutions and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to ensure every one of our patients can look and feel their best, all delivered by trained and qualified GMC registered doctors.” Remember that in this game called ‘Obesity’ you only win when you lose.

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