Obesity and being overweight

Issues with our health are often associated with being overweight, and can contribute to disease and make chronic conditions or co morbidities worse.

Being overweight can lead to:

  1. Diabetes Type II
  2. Hypertension
  3. Coronary Heart Disease
  4. Stroke
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Gallbladder Disease
  7. Sleep Apnoea and breathing problems
  8. Many types of Cancers
  9. Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning
  10. Low quality of life

Being overweight is classified as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher and obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.

Reduction in processed foods that are high is sugar and saturated fats will reduce weight gain and promote weight loss. These include whole grain foods, fruit and vegetables, lean protein foods (fish and poultry) and healthy fats such as nuts and olive oil.

By eating healthy foods, cutting back on sugar, increasing exercise and drinking water can promote health outcome and weight loss.