Childhood Obesity; Stamp It Out!

Obesity is an issue. It is affecting children and adults alike and EVERYONE needs to play their part. It is time to stamp it out. It is strangling our already struggling health service and it is something we can proactively stop.

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Jamie Oliver  has been working tirelessly on the topic of childhood obesity, getting parents, schools and Government to sit up and take note.

And here is his latest war cry to Theresa May.

What causes a child to become overweight or obese?

Medical reasons can sometimes play a part in childhood obesity such as under active thyroid glands however the vast majority of children become overweight or obese due to consuming more calories than they use. The 3 main areas of concern are:

Genetic:This may play a small role in the ability to gain weight however it is unlikely to be a major reason as genetics, over the years, have not changed substantially to warrant the kind of increase we have seen in childhood obesity.

Behavioural: These play a much larger role in childhood obesity and include food portions, take away meals (types of food), increased sugar content, decrease in outdoor activities (or even sporting activities in school).

Environmental: Children are affected and influenced by their surroundings so if they are around people with poor eating habits they are more likely to fall into the same pattern. Also children have longer periods of time away from the home environment (pre-school clubs, school, post school clubs, etc) and are more likely to be eating on the go.If healthy foods are not prepared & packed for them they are more likely to be snacking wherever they are.

How do you know if your child is overweight or obese?

There are established guidelines based on Body Mass Index (BMI), as used for adults. BMI uses height and weight to determine the category of the child and the rule of thumb is If you child’s BMI is greater than 85 percent of children who are same age and same-sex (boy or girl), then your child is overweight. If the BMI is greater than 95 percent, then your child is obese.

How can you prevent your child becoming overweight or obese?

Prevention will always be better than cure. The key things to consider are the types of food your children eat, the frequency and volume they eat and the amount of activity they are participating in on a daily basis. Consider variety, fruit & vegetables as daily additions, fewer sugary products and where possible, family time meals. It is also essential for them to have 30 minutes of daily physical activity (and that does not include the thumb workout on  gaming devices or mobile phones!)

Our children’s health matters; they are the future; let’s help them have a long and healthy one!

Childhood obesity; stamp it out!

One Life, Live It Well,





Obesity: Ignorance Is Not Bliss… It Is Ignorance

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Ignoring obesity won’t make it go away. It’s here, it’s real and it needs attention from all of us.

And contrary to popular belief, obesity hasn’t manifested purely out of people overeating. The environment in which we live has played an important role. Changing work schedules and the 24 hour availability of food has certainly impacted the choices we make. Add to that the decisions made by the food industry in terms of food ingredients and reducing food quality, and you begin to understand why this issue has grown out of control.

Get reading, be informed and make sure you are making the right food choices for you, your children and anyone else you can help. If we don’t take this seriously and do what we can, who will?

9 Ways Processed Foods Are Harming People

Corporate America; Killing Us Slowly

6 Lies The Food Industry Is Feeding You

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Your Health Is Your Wealth,

Yvonne & Laura

The Battle For Healthier Lifestyles

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Hi, Yvonne here!

I’ve been a lifelong fitness fan… fortunately. That said my eating habits have, over the years, been more ‘miss’ than ‘hit’. I had a mindset that said ‘as long as I work out I can eat anything’. And that made perfectly good sense to me. I looked fit and healthy, so all must be well, right? Wrong!

I didn’t stop to think about the internal damage I might be causing by eating poor quality food. And in reality I didn’t appreciate just how poor the quality of the food I was eating had become over the years.

Like a lot of health conscious people I am now fully engaged in learning what it means to have a balanced diet, how to make better food choices and fuel my body for daily living as well as my fitness pastimes.

But what about the percentage of the population not yet on board with respecting and looking after their bodies from the inside out? Week after week there are headlines screaming out about the poor health of our nation. This is the latest one that caught my eye:

Britain – the fat man (and woman) of Europe: UK will be fattest nation on continent by 2025, with 40% of adults classed as obese

New stats are part of world’s biggest obesity study comprising 20m adults

  • Reveals there are currently 640 million obese people around the globe
  • Currently UK obesity rates are 28.4% for women – the second highest in Europe behind Malta – and 26.2% for men, the worst in the continent
  • Public health officials warn many adults will go on to suffer ‘life-changing consequences’ including cancer, strokes, type 2 diabetes and heart attacks

We all have a responsibility to look after our health (and that of our children) but I also believe we can play a part in the battle for healthier lifestyles by sharing  nutrition knowledge, personal stories and tips with others; helping those who want and are ready to make changes to do so one step at a time.

It’s time. I, for one, do not want to see these poor health predictions become our reality. What do you think we should be doing to help people make better health choices? Your thoughts & opinions matter…

Let Your Health Be Your Wealth!