Six tips to start getting healthy as National Obesity Awareness Week begins

This Is Local London: National Obesity Awareness Week runs from January 13 to 19 National Obesity Awareness Week runs from January 13 to 19

National Obesity Awareness Week begins today, aiming to improve people’s understanding of obesity and the ways it can be tackled.

It’s predicted that by 2050 as much as 50 per cent of the UK population could be obese, at a cost of £50 billion a year. Already, one in five children in London are obese.

The risk of health problems starts when someone is only very slightly overweight, and increases as a person becomes more obese. Dangers include coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, reproductive problems, gallstones, increased likelihood of getting cancer, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, metabolic syndrome and abnormal blood fats.

Many of these conditions cause long-term suffering for individuals and families. In addition, the costs for the healthcare system can be extremely high.

The good news is that obesity is largely preventable. The key to success is to achieve an energy balance between calories consumed and calories used.

Many do not have time to drastically change the way they live in order to keep fit, but small changes to everyday lifestyles can be enough to get people on the right path.

You cannot expect to lose the weight in a week, it takes time getting there, but with a steady routine and strong will you can fight back the fat and live a healthy life.

Here are six steps to get you on the right track:

First you must set your mind to the task. Without the will to get healthy you never will. You only have to look at the facts listed above to see what that bad diet is doing to you and your kids.

Have an eating structure in place. Eat a good breakfast, as this will start you on the right track for the day. Not only does it boost your energy but also regulates your metabolism for the whole day. Have a light lunch, such as a chicken salad to keep the energy levels up while also keeping it healthy. Finish with dinner, just enough to finish you off for the day. Remember, it is the snacks in-between that will destroy all your hard work.

Eat slow. Eating fast does not allow your body to effectively tell the brain that it is full. Savour the taste and enjoy the meal. You will find that you become full after eating less. Food is not there to be abused but to be enjoyed - you spent money and time making it so enjoy it while you can.

Eat healthy and with variety. Carbs can be good too but in moderation as these are what the brain uses to function. Keep it varied and include fruits, vegetables and carbs, just remember to be smart with the carbs you eat, such as whole wheat instead of white.

Keeping active is key to a healthy body. There is no way around it, successful and sustained weight loss needs a commitment to physical activity. Every little helps so take the stairs instead of the lift. If you have time, walk to the shops instead of driving. Have a dance while doing the vacuuming, get that heart pumping and those legs moving. The best course of action is try to set yourself an hour a day for exercise - not only will you look better but you will feel better too, you deserve it!

Drink plenty of water. Our bodies function best when kept refreshed, improving brain functionality and feeling good. All metabolic processes utilize water - dehydration is the main cause of headaches and fatigue during the day so make sure you keep hydrated to help you feel your best.

Visit the National Obesity Awareness Week website for more information

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9:08am Mon 13 Jan 14

right-writes says...

The anti-fat campaign gathers pace...

We've had smoking...

We've had alcohol...

The next target will be people that go skiing...
The anti-fat campaign gathers pace... We've had smoking... We've had alcohol... The next target will be people that go skiing... right-writes
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11:12am Mon 13 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

The problem with obesity is only that draw.


The one with the knives and forks in.

THanK YoU
The problem with obesity is only that draw. The one with the knives and forks in. THanK YoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -34

9:27am Tue 14 Jan 14

ron,,1952 says...

Why do the msm (main stream media) along with the locals always depict an obese person as always a "white" person?
The BBC are the worst at this with yesterdays report on this topic showing 6 members of the public - all "white" obese people

I think most people would recognise that being obese is NOT a "race" problem, so why exclude pictures depicting non white people?
The other example of this is when "gangs" or knives are depicted the same thing happens,, always depict a "white" youth with a hoody and a knife?
When it comes to University students graduating, then the complete opposite happens, non whites are shown as the main principles of success!

Please try to update your archive pictures to depict what really is the truth instead of trying to put white people in a bad light


Ron giving out good advice

Hugs and kisses from Ronny the Ronster X ;)
Why do the msm (main stream media) along with the locals always depict an obese person as always a "white" person? The BBC are the worst at this with yesterdays report on this topic showing 6 members of the public - all "white" obese people I think most people would recognise that being obese is NOT a "race" problem, so why exclude pictures depicting non white people? The other example of this is when "gangs" or knives are depicted the same thing happens,, always depict a "white" youth with a hoody and a knife? When it comes to University students graduating, then the complete opposite happens, non whites are shown as the main principles of success! Please try to update your archive pictures to depict what really is the truth instead of trying to put white people in a bad light Ron giving out good advice Hugs and kisses from Ronny the Ronster X ;) ron,,1952
  • Score: 27

9:54am Tue 14 Jan 14

Techvedic says...

Dude, you are taking to personally - take it only as an information. Terming it racial is not just. Sink the prejudices and come together to combat the silent killer by making some drastic but simple changes in our lifestyle, and stay healthy. (Editor, Techvedic)
Dude, you are taking to personally - take it only as an information. Terming it racial is not just. Sink the prejudices and come together to combat the silent killer by making some drastic but simple changes in our lifestyle, and stay healthy. (Editor, Techvedic) Techvedic
  • Score: -6

11:29am Tue 14 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Shower Head wrote:
ron,,1952 wrote:
Why do the msm (main stream media) along with the locals always depict an obese person as always a "white" person? The BBC are the worst at this with yesterdays report on this topic showing 6 members of the public - all "white" obese people I think most people would recognise that being obese is NOT a "race" problem, so why exclude pictures depicting non white people? The other example of this is when "gangs" or knives are depicted the same thing happens,, always depict a "white" youth with a hoody and a knife? When it comes to University students graduating, then the complete opposite happens, non whites are shown as the main principles of success! Please try to update your archive pictures to depict what really is the truth instead of trying to put white people in a bad light Ron giving out good advice Hugs and kisses from Ronny the Ronster X ;)
very well said babes we all know anyway hun x
Says one lard arse to another.

Oh my aching belly.

I've got me bowler on today guess who I am ?
[quote][p][bold]Shower Head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron,,1952[/bold] wrote: Why do the msm (main stream media) along with the locals always depict an obese person as always a "white" person? The BBC are the worst at this with yesterdays report on this topic showing 6 members of the public - all "white" obese people I think most people would recognise that being obese is NOT a "race" problem, so why exclude pictures depicting non white people? The other example of this is when "gangs" or knives are depicted the same thing happens,, always depict a "white" youth with a hoody and a knife? When it comes to University students graduating, then the complete opposite happens, non whites are shown as the main principles of success! Please try to update your archive pictures to depict what really is the truth instead of trying to put white people in a bad light Ron giving out good advice Hugs and kisses from Ronny the Ronster X ;)[/p][/quote]very well said babes we all know anyway hun x[/p][/quote]Says one lard arse to another. Oh my aching belly. I've got me bowler on today guess who I am ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -16

4:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

sarfflondonbird says...

ron,,1952 wrote:
Why do the msm (main stream media) along with the locals always depict an obese person as always a "white" person?
The BBC are the worst at this with yesterdays report on this topic showing 6 members of the public - all "white" obese people

I think most people would recognise that being obese is NOT a "race" problem, so why exclude pictures depicting non white people?
The other example of this is when "gangs" or knives are depicted the same thing happens,, always depict a "white" youth with a hoody and a knife?
When it comes to University students graduating, then the complete opposite happens, non whites are shown as the main principles of success!

Please try to update your archive pictures to depict what really is the truth instead of trying to put white people in a bad light


Ron giving out good advice

Hugs and kisses from Ronny the Ronster X ;)
Give that man a medal. That's exactly what I noticed too, and they say racism only works one way.........this very true.......it works against the white people. So he has a valid point. Let's kick racism against white people out now.
[quote][p][bold]ron,,1952[/bold] wrote: Why do the msm (main stream media) along with the locals always depict an obese person as always a "white" person? The BBC are the worst at this with yesterdays report on this topic showing 6 members of the public - all "white" obese people I think most people would recognise that being obese is NOT a "race" problem, so why exclude pictures depicting non white people? The other example of this is when "gangs" or knives are depicted the same thing happens,, always depict a "white" youth with a hoody and a knife? When it comes to University students graduating, then the complete opposite happens, non whites are shown as the main principles of success! Please try to update your archive pictures to depict what really is the truth instead of trying to put white people in a bad light Ron giving out good advice Hugs and kisses from Ronny the Ronster X ;)[/p][/quote]Give that man a medal. That's exactly what I noticed too, and they say racism only works one way.........this very true.......it works against the white people. So he has a valid point. Let's kick racism against white people out now. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 26

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