Overweightness and obesity are terms that refer to an excess of body fat and they usually relate to an increased weight-for-height ratio. So your weight should be in proportion to your height.
According to an NHS Report, out of every hundred people in the UK in 2014, 58 women, 65 men, 20 four to five-year-olds and 33 eleven to twelve-year-olds were overweight or obese. That is a lot of people, with a huge effect on quality of life and health resources. No wonder it’s been labelled a crisis! I’m sure we’re all aware that this crisis is world-wide, with America and the South Pacific Islands leading the pack, and Japan and Korea at the tail end of it. Read more here. Read reports from the World Health Organistation(WHO) here.
It’s not the way overweight or obese people look that’s the big issue – there’s nothing wrong with a little more meat on the bone. In parts of Africa you would be pitied for being thin because that meant that you were poor – your husband couldn’t afford to look after you. An African man wanted a curvy woman with ‘child-bearing hips’ – a ‘sdudhla’.
Please understand that there is nothing wrong with being chunky, curvy or big built – we are all built differently and not many of us are built like Barbie! The problem comes when overweightness affects our health. Obesity is associated with type 2 diabetes, respiratory diseases, heart diseases, cancer, disability and more. That’s pretty grim, right?
If you are overweight or obese, you have the chance to change this. Don’t be shy and keep yourself behind closed doors, but rather go out and be inspired and encouraged. It will be hard to begin with, particularly changing your habits, but step by step you will make some big changes and you’ll be so glad you did! Follow our YouTube channel (The 30 Plus Woman) for simple exercises you can do at home. You can also join WeightWatchers or Slimming World groups to help on your journey to better health.
Don’t put if off until tomorrow, or until the new year, when most people make New Years Resolutions that will last as long as their hangover. Start by making small changes now! Learn some small changes here.
NB: The photos on this post are from google, and used here for reference.
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