According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2014-15, 63.4% of Australians aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese (11.2 million people), comprised of 35.5% overweight (6.3 million people) and 27.9% obese (4.9 million people). A further 35.0% were of normal weight and 1.6% were underweight.In spite of the health risk of obesity and overweight, only one in 10 Australians who are trying to lose weight seeks advice from health professionals for a lifestyle management.
Obesity in Australia
It seems that this is something that so many people are struggling with in the world today – along with financial stress.
- The question is how can we take control of it?
- How can we reach the fitness level that we want?
- How can we become healthy and happy?
Now it’s an interesting thing – a lot of people know the right and wrong foods to eat, they know that they need to do some sort of exercise every day to stay healthy and happy; they know that over-consumption of anything is harmful to their health… So why do they still do it and not minding about lifestyle management?
In March 2011, around 50,000 people were weighed, measured, interviewed and had bio-medical samples taken by the Australian Health Survey.
The results of the study have shown that obesity rates in adults are continuing to grow and grow and grow and that 63% of Australians are now in the class of overweight or obese.
It has also shown that 67% of Australians to little to no exercise.
Obesity in Australia has doubled in the last 20 years, which has left Australia ranked as one of the fattest nations in the world.
In America, over $147 billion is spent, per year, on obesity-related medical costs. It was stated in a report that by 2030, that will rise to $210 billion per year with new cases of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related diseases rising from the 1.5 million per year mark, all the way up to the 8 million mark.
There has been a massive uprise of childhood diabetes and it’s thought that parents will begin to out-live their children.
As children, we just do as we see and if you are overweight and don’t really care, then consider the effect it will have on your children.
Do you want them to grow up to live happy, healthy and successful lives?
Because the only way that we can start to combat this epidemic is through making the decision to live healthily and sticking to it. If we start now and keep at it, then the effect will carry through the generations, like knocking over dominoes.
See living a healthy lifestyle is an easy thing to do, and the catch is that it is also easy not to do. Most people think that it will be hard so they don’t even begin – those that do begin, they don’t stick at it, they didn’t notice instant results and give up and go back to the “comfortable” lifestyle they are used to.
People didn’t become obese overnight, it was the accumulation of years and years of mistreating your body and not choosing the better options that are always available.
Options to Fight Obesity in Australia:
First change the way you think about a healthy lifestyle, then decide on some little action steps you can take and stick to, then allow the momentum to build and build and build, and as it builds, start to add more and more little steps and stick to them, before long you will be exactly how you want to be and you will look back and think “How did I actually let myself live like that?”
Secondly, have a preparation phase – the time where you are mentally building yourself up for your amazing weight-loss adventure, where you are making all the little decisions that count.
Thirdly, remove all potential hazards from your environment during the active phase – i.e. unhealthy foods, the people that want you to go out indulging in unhealthy habits etc. Clean the fridge out, get rid of all unhealthy food, no excuses like “The cookies and cake are for the kid’s lunch”, if you are going to get healthy, then the entire household will! This isn’t forever, just until you’re happy with yourself.
Fourthly, the very important key to long-term healthiness is this: Start eating more than you normally do. This will increase your metabolism, all you need to do is that your food intake is the right stuff! The clean stuff!
Do it for yourself, do it for your family and be happy.