Obesity is a complicated health condition, and it has become a matter of grave concern in almost every country, including Australia. This health condition is influenced by environmental, social and economic factors, which can impact an ability of a person to carry a healthy weight. This increase the risk of chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancers. According to the survey by The Australian Bureau of Statistics, 67 per cent of adults in Australia are overweight or obese, which is around 12.5 million people. If the current trend continues, then more than 18 million people will be overweight or obese in Australia by 2030.
Moderator: Hello, everyone! Welcome to another Round About Chat session! Today, we have Adam White, a highly experienced fitness trainer and motivator who has motivated thousands of Australians to choose a healthy lifestyle and fight obesity. He is going to answer your questions and help you guys to know everything about your health condition.
Adam: Hello people, let’s start!
Amelia: Hey Adam, why healthy weight is important?
Adam: Heathy weight is important because
- It provides better quality of life. If you have a healthy weight, you will feel a lot better, have more energy all the time, and your self-esteem will also increase.
- A healthy weight also reduces the risk of ill-health. In case you don’t know, overweight and obesity are highly responsible for several health conditions.
- When you maintain your weight, it becomes easier for you to manage chronic conditions.
- It also helps to improve your overall mental health. When you become overweight or obese, it contributes to mental ill-health. As a result, you can experience depression and anxiety and have low self-esteem.
- A healthy weight also helps you live longer. On average, people who have BMIs between 30 and 35 die 2 to 4 years earlier in comparison to those who have a healthy weight. People who have BMIs between 40 and 45 die around 8 to 10 years earlier.
Willow: Is it possible to cure obesity?
Adam: Obesity is a chronic and progressive health condition with no cure that necessitates particular treatment to lose weight and ongoing monitoring to avoid weight regain. There are numerous treatments for obesity, but none of them are permanent. Unfortunately, physiological weight loss adaptations favour weight regain. Variations in the circulating hormones level that regulate your appetite and energy balance are among these adaptations. Changes in lifestyle and drugs approved to treat obesity have limited efficacy, and their effects fade when they are discontinued.
Changes in lifestyle and drugs prescribed to treat obesity have limited efficacy, and their effects fade when they are discontinued. Bariatric surgery results in significant weight loss that is sustained over time. However, roughly 20% of patients who receive this form of treatment regain the weight they lost because they are unable to maintain the changes in life for a variety of reasons. People should maintain lifestyle choices that counterbalance the physiological changes and factors that prefer weight regain in order to avoid weight regain. It is one of the most important topic you should read about.
Tim: What is Emotional Eating, and What Cause Emotional Eating?
Adam: Emotional eating is defined as the consumption of food in response to a negative emotion, typically in stressful conditions, when your body does not require nutrients. Under these conditions, people typically crave foods that have high-calorie content (ice cream, sweets, chocolate, crisps, etc.) but little nutritional value.
The reasons for emotional eating are complex and varied, each case must be examined individually. Boredom, loneliness, sadness, and anxiety are the most common emotions that cause an episode of emotional eating. Food, even if only temporarily, acts as a means of temporarily relieving an unpleasant or negative emotion in such a situation. Emotional eating occurs when this sort of behaviour becomes a regular method of dealing with negative emotions. Every section of society faces this problem including the homeless people in Australia.
Noah: Can Skipping Meal Lose Weight?
Adam: Not at all; in fact, skipping meals can have the opposite effect. Being hungry after a long period of time can increase the risk of snacking on usually fast and enticing foods high in sugars and fats.
Ben: Does Obesity also increase the Risk of Cancer?
Adam: Obesity is consistently linked to certain types of cancer, according to research. Ovarian cancer and Endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, breast cancer in both genders, oesophageal cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, gallbladder pancreatic cancer, cancer, colorectal cancer, and kidney cancer, are just a few examples.
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