A-Z of Health O -Obesity

I have referred to this so many times throughout my A-Z of health posts how could I not feature it?

Obesity is normalised within society but this doesn’t make the serious nature of the disease disappear it just increases the number of people who will experience health problems.

What is obesity? The dictionary definition is the state of being grossly fat or overweight.

The classification of obesity is: –

  • BMI of 30-35 class 1 obesity
  • BMI of 35-40 class 2 obesity
  • BM1 > 40 class 3 obesity (severe/morbid obesity)

Why do we hide away from this? I myself have done so, I have been wary of bringing issues up but obesity is a medical condition, it is in fact, a serious medical condition with many (many) co-morbidities. Your obesity can affect future generations and decrease life expectancy.  It is also an extremely misunderstood and complex disease.

What obesity is not

  • Laziness
  • Self-indulgence
  • Self-neglect
  • Greed

What obesity is

  • Obesity is a medical condition
  • Obesity is an extremely complicated mix of issues, emotional and physical
  • Obesity is certainly not just to do with what you eat
  • Obesity has many co-morbidities

How big a problem is it?

50% of the UK will be classified as obese by 2030

NHS

In my book How Food Shapes Your Child and in a recent blog post I discuss the epigenetic link of obesity – the predictions for the future health of overweight and obese children and the fact that without talking about it as a medical condition this problem is a health time bomb. Children are not exempt from adult diseases, sad but true, they can get Type 2 Diabetes, they can have joint issues, they can have increased CVD risks and in their future obesity increases their chances of Dementia.

Obesity is the second leading preventable cause of cancer

50% of the UK will be obese by 2030

Scary? Should be.

What can be done?

  • Understand obesity is more than what you eat
  • Dieting can make obesity worse (confusing I know, talk to me I will explain all)
  • Understand the risks of processed foods
  • Sugar is the leading cause of weight gain not fat
  • Avoiding fat can make you fatter (again, talk to me and I will explain)
  • Dehydration is a huge contributory factor in in-effective fat metabolism
  • Poor microbiome health is another huge contributory factor in fat metabolism

Just because obesity is now normalised does not make it healthy.  This is not about body-shaming, I am not out to do that.  I see health problems and I see health solutions.  If you are ready to take proper action on improving your overall health, weight and future help please do talk to me.  Taking one step at a time, things can be done.  Nothing gets done when you’re in denial.

About the author of this blog

Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.

What is in store for the NHS of the future if children face the predicted health issues caused by diet and lifestyle?

Louise has also won a SBS or Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.

Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this. Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinar

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