Healthy Lifestyle Tackle Obesity

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Overweight and obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking, causing 3.4 million deaths worldwide.

More than 50 health problems are linked to having obesity. These health problems are diseases and conditions that decrease your quality of life.

Obesity results from an imbalance between the calories we consumed and the calories we expended.

One of important ways in tackling obesity is through making dietary changes through a reduction of daily calorie intake, less carbohydrates and healthier meals.

Diets containing fibre and protein help us feel fuller sooner, ensuring that we aren’t prone to over-eating.

Too many carbohydrates, such as sugar, are linked with obesity, so focusing on healthier, regulated meals that are low on carbohydrates and high in protein and fibre will help to reduce a person’s weight over time.

Encouraging physical activities and maintaining physical function are also important strategies in the success of a person’s weight loss attempts.

Small changes such as going for a short walk can help to get the body moving and burning calories.

Stress can play a huge factor in why we turn to comfort food. Keeping on top of our stress levels is an important step. Ensuring that our sleeping pattern is in good order is also important, as is ensuring that you eat meals at regular intervals.

There is no simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and it has to be a multifaceted approach. Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle.

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