Diseases and Disabilities Caused By Weight Problems Part 1
Weight related issues and obesity are a serious and growing health concern in Australia.
Over 54% of all Australians aged 18 and over were classified as overweight or obese in 2005. This is an alarming statistic! Chances are, you are one of those statistics.
Why should we care about this? Why concern ourselves? It’s simple: The health risks of being overweight are too serious to ignore. Excess fat impairs the function of many body systems and organs which leads to multiple health issues and even death. Over 2/3 of us will face these issues at some stage. And if you don’t you will know several people who will.
Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), some forms of cancer, sleep disorders, osteoarthritis, psychological impairments and reproductive issues are all associated with being overweight. Some of these conditions are life threatening, others will interfere significantly with one’s quality of life and will become real challenges for those who suffer from them.
Over the next month or so, I’m going to do some regular posts on the consequences of being overweight, in particular:
- Type 2 diabetes and its associated risks,
- high blood pressure and its risks,
- artery disease and heart disease and stroke,
- cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer and others-all associated with obesity and being overweight,
- sleep apnea
- psycholsocial issues
Look out for these posts as chances are you, or someone you love will be at a high risk because of their weight problems. Yes, some of the risk with these conditions can be genetic, but fitness, health and lifestyle can prevent, postpone or even trigger their onset. This is especially important to remember because even if your family has always carried genes for susceptibility, if no one within your family has experienced excess weight or triggered the condition, you may be completely unaware that a genetic risk even exists.
A genetic susceptibility does not mean a life sentence, just as a lack of family history certainly does not mean you are immune. It’s important to live your healthiest lifestyle by exercising and being active, choosing healthy, nutrient dense foods and getting enough sleep and rest.
I’ll cover these topics in more detail soon. In the meantime, get started with your fitness program and learn what and when to eat. Make great choices today and don’t put it off till it’s too late.
Fat Loss Reboot
Come 11th April, all FitterFaster clients will be participating in a 4 week Nutrition Program that will get everyone back into great eating habits permanently. Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t comment about how much better they feel when eating clean, healthy foods. By all sticking with this together, we can all support each other and make it easier to make better choices.
This coming week is your last chance to book your Pre-Reboot assessment. There will be prizes for the most weight and the most cm’s lost over the 4 week period, but even if you don’t want to be in the competition, an assessment will let you know how far you’ve come over the program time period.
To be eligible for prizes, you must:
- have an assessment before the commencement of the Reboot program,
- keep a daily food log for the entire 4 weeks and submit it as often as possible (minimum twice per week)
- attend minimum of 3 or 4 FitterFaster training sessions each week (depending on which plan you’re on)
- submit your training diary each week before Saturday night
- have another assessment at the conclusion of the program (between 8th and 14th May)
All clients who do not wish to be in the running for prizes, will still need to keep their food and training diaries each week and submit before Saturdays as is the normal procedure for all clients. New clients who have not started doing this yet, please commence this straight away as per the conditions of all packages.