Do your weight loss attempts feel like one step forward and two steps back. Check out this article for perspective:
Like obesity, heart disease has many causes. In the past 2 decades an ‘inflammation theory’ of chronic disease has emerged and suggests a low level inflammatory response may be a risk factor in developing many chronic diseases but then again it may simply be caused by the chronic disease.
Similarly when you read the statistics from the Preventative Health Taskforces’ Technical Paper 1: Obesity in Australia: a need for urgent action, I can imagine if I were obese, feeling a little affronted. But I guess if you don’t take it personally, the Aussie stats are enlightening if not gob-smacking.
Coca-Cola has launched an anti-obesity campaign. There is 64g = 13 teaspoons of sugar in a 600ml coke. That’s the same calories as 3 ½ slices of bread. 10 tsp sugar in a can of coke. Given one of the causes cited for the rise of obesity, especially in children is sweetened soft drink, the best move is to stop making sweetened beverages.
This is a noteworthy article on the potential harm of putting children on diets. It backs up my own experience that getting kids to move more and tune into their bodies – to only eat when hungry and stop when feeling satisfied – is a better approach. It’s empowering rather than demeaning and teaches them useful skills they can carry into adulthood.
Did you know there is a free phone coaching service provided by the NSW government to get us eating healthier, losing weight and getting more active. The service offers up to 10 phone consults with a health coach over 6 months as well as online material. It may be a worthwhile trigger to get you re-motivated, with someone checking up on you every 3-4 weeks or so. A good way to start of 2013?