Obesity – The Jury Is In

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There are a few self-evident facts that are truly indisputable but the negative impact of obesity on our longevity and general well-being is one such fact that must be close to the top of the list.

“Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, muscle and joint problems, and some cancers (including endometrial, breast and colon). And currently almost two in three Australian adults are overweight or obese.” Scource

The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare tells us that … “While many factors may influence your weight, overweight and obesity occur mainly because of an imbalance between energy intake from the diet and energy expenditure (through physical activities and bodily functions). Genetic and environmental factors also play a role. Attention to diet and physical activity is important to help ensure a healthy body weight.”

The Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 found the single leading risks factors contributing to disease burden were:

  1. tobacco use (accounting for 9.0% of the total burden)
  2. high body mass index (BMI) (related to overweight and obesity) (7.0% based on enhanced analysis by the AIHW published in 2017 which used updated evidence of diseases associated with overweight and obesity and enhanced modelling techniques)
  3. alcohol use (5.1%)
  4. physical inactivity (5.0%)
  5. high blood pressure (4.9%) [1, 2].

Other contenders for the self-evident facts title would include the clear benefits of exercise that can include;

  • Increase in general well-being
  • Improved cognition (memory and concentration)
  • Benefits for mental health (particularly depressed mood)
  • Weight loss and/or maintenance of desired weight
  • Increased flexibility and agility
  • Improved cardiovascular health and reduced BP

There is a common thread amongst the above – Exercise can help manage obesity and lead to an overall improvement in health and general well-being.

Fit for Success is a Tier 2 Partner of the COATA Strength for Life (SFL) program (find us listed HERE).

The SFL program promotes health and well-being amongst people over 50 through strength training programs run by accredited fitness providers.

  • Tier 2 involves fitness instructors conducting the program and confidently managing participants’ long term needs.
  • Some funds now pay benefits if program is conducted by fitness instructors.

Fit For Success offers tailored exercise programs with a focus on improving quality of life for those over 50.

References

  1. Australia Obesity Statisticsin 2017
  2. Impact of overweight and obesity as a risk factor for chronic conditions
  3. OECD Obesity Update 2017 (pdf)
  4. Fat nation: The rise and fall of obesity on the political agenda
  5. Causes of overweight and obesity
  6. COTA publication (pdf)
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