The World Health Organization has called the next few years ‘The Decade of Action on Nutrition’. Their website quotes startling statistics that 1.5 billion people are overweight or obese and that, worldwide, 2.6 million die each year because of this. It's no secret that we, as a society, are growing fatter and that being obese is now also considered to be a form of malnourishment. Government initiatives all over the world are now targeting this subset of the population in order to greatly reduce their health care costs. In the USA, for example, obesity-related conditions cost hundreds of billions of dollars each year. But it's not just developed countries in the West that are dealing with obesity.
Unfortunately, other countries that used to have a very low prevalence of obesity are now starting to catch up as well. Because Asian countries have adopted these Western cultures more and more, obesity is now a global epidemic.
If we look at it as a disease on its own, obesity is a multifactorial one. Genetics, hormones, behavioral aspects, sedentary lifestyles, high-calorie diets, targeted marketing campaigns and misinformation by health professionals are all to blame. The multitude of causes certainly presents a lot of challenges in the treatment. But, at the same time, it also means that there are plenty of avenues that can be used to tackle it. And, reducing obesity-related morbidity should absolutely be regarded as a priority.
Obesity, whether measured by body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference, has been linked by many clinical studies as a good predictor of earlier death. This is because obesity increases a person's risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease, fatty liver disease and so many other illnesses. With this long list of consequences, getting into a healthy BMI range is indeed a weighty matter.
There are various ways to do this. One way that many people use is a weight loss program. There are literally hundreds of types available and it all comes down to choosing the one most compatible with your body and lifestyle. Although it may sound great to lose weight as fast as possible, a good program should actually aim for gradual weight loss rather than an abrupt one. This prevents shocking and crashing the body’s metabolic rate and avoids the inevitable regaining of weight. The person's current state of health should be taken into account and the program should employ sound clinical practice to allow for weight loss without putting the person at risk. It should incorporate physical activity and the teaching of healthy eating habits. In this way, the weight loss becomes sustainable life-long.
It should also be fun!
The weight loss programs at RingWell are all these things. They are run by trained professionals who have your best interests at heart and are dedicated to your success. Contact us today to arrange a consultation and let's help you get back on track.