Looking after your body and maintaining a normal weight is part of healthy living.

Obesity puts people at risk of developing serious health problems. If you feel that you are in any way very overweight or obese it is essential that you visit your Doctor/G.P.

Your doctor will then measure your Body mass Index (BMI) based on your weight and height so that s/he can calculate how much extra body fat you are carrying and how this affects your health.

He/she can then advise you on the best diet and exercise regimes you should do to help you take back control of your life and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

What Causes Obesity?

Obesity doesn’t happen overnight. People gain weight when the body takes in more calories than it burns off and the extra calories are stored as fat.

Obesity is a lot more serious than just being overweight and shedding a few extra pounds. We are overexposed to celebrities who try to be as slim as possible all the time, and this dictates what we consider to be overweight anyway.

Obesity is different as it means a person’s weight has become a serious threat to their health.

Obesity does not only lead to serious health issues but can cause depression as people can find normal everyday tasks hard to cope with. It’s not too late to make changes; however small the change it will make all the difference.

  • Walk as much as you can instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Play sports rather than watching them on TV. It will be hard at first but stay strong and motivate yourself.
  • Tackle simple tasks like household chores, including vacuuming, washing the car, or cleaning the bathroom. They all burn calories. Start eating healthier. Avoid fast-food takeaways and restaurants. Opt for healthier options you prepare yourself. Avoid soft drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks which are loaded with sugar; drink fat-free or low-fat milk or water instead. Eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Avoid snacking on crisps, biscuits and chocolates. Instead opt for carrots, celery or fruit.
  • Ask friends and family to support you. Everyone needs support at some stage in his or her life so make sure you ask for help during weaker moments.

Who can help?

Talk to your Doctor/G.P. as they can help devise a safe eating and exercising plan.

Visit the NHS web site at www.nhs.uk. You can also visit the NHS Direct website at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or call the NHS Direct helpline on 0845 46 47 with any problems you may have.

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