National Obesity Awareness Week runs between 9th and 15th January and is a nationally recognised week that aims to raise awareness of obesity and associated issues.
So, let’s start with a simple question. Do you know what it means to be obese?
What Is Obesity?
Obesity is a term that refers to a BMI (Body Mass Index) above 30.
Confused? Don’t worry, we will break it down.
Your body mass index is a method of body fat measurement. You work it out by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. So for example, if your weight is 75 kilos, and your weight is 1.7 meters, then the sum would be 75 / (1.7x1.7) = 24.22. Anything between 20 and 24.9 is considered a normal healthy weight range. If, however, your result is between 25 and 29.9, you are overweight, and if it’s above 30, you are considered obese.
If you decide to become a Hairy Bikers Diet Club member, you’ll be able to have your BMI automatically calculated for you based on the measurements you input.
Being obese means that you’re carry around more weight than you should and that this weight might be putting you at risk of certain conditions and illnesses.
What Are The Risks?
No matter what age you are, obesity puts your health in a tricky spot. Gallstones, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease and stroke are among some of the many conditions and diseases associated with having a BMI above 30.
In 2011/2012 there were over eleven thousand hospital admissions where obesity was cited as the primary diagnosis. That’s a huge increase from previous trends, and it’s still rising now. Women are more likely to be obese than men, but the levels of obesity among both sexes are still alarmingly high.
The First Step
There’s a pretty good chance that you can be obese and not even know it. So the first step is to get yourself a set of bathroom scales and a tape measure, or visit your local pharmacy where you can ask for your height and weight to be measured for you.
Based on this info, you can calculate your BMI and find out which category you fall into.
Calculate Your BMI
Want to calculate your BMI? Step on those scales and then head over to our Weight Loss Calculator and we’ll let you know how we can help,
If you find you’re obese, then the good news is there is plenty of help and support out there. Here are some ways you can move forward:
1. Make a routine appointment with your GP and let them know what you’ve discovered. They will record your weight and height and might decide to do some basic tests to rule out things like high blood pressure.
2. Think about what goes into your body and what you burn off. You can keep a diary of this in a notebook, or join The Hairy Bikers Diet Club and use the online diary and tracker to figure out your goals. Work out how many calories you’re consuming on a day to day basis. Remember to include things like sugar in your tea and any snacks you have. The average man should be having around 2500 calories a day, and the average woman 2000 calories a day, although this can depend on how active you are.
3. Find some support. It’s hard to lose weight on your own. You might know of some colleagues, friends or family who want to lose weight with you. Ask around and get some pals on board. If they’re not into it, you can join our weight loss support forum.
4. Become more mindful about your meals. Prepare as much as you can from scratch and follow our delicious recipes to keep the calorie count down. Use this week to learn how to cook at least one new meal.
5. Set yourself some realistic goals. Discuss these with your GP, friends and family and make them as manageable and attainable as possible. You won’t be able to lose a stone in a week, but you might certainly lose a couple of pounds!
6. Retake your measurements every week and watch your weight go down.
We want you to be fit and healthy. There’s no shame in having let your weight get a bit on the high side, but there’s certainly risk. It’s simply not a risk worth taking.
Spend National Obesity Awareness Week looking at as many resources as possible, discussing weight loss in a positive way with friends and committing to a few lifestyle adjustments so that you can reach your weight loss goals.
So go ahead, it’s time to weigh yourself!
It's Time To Step On Those Scales!
C’mon Hairy Dieters! Step on those scales and then head over to our Weight Loss Calculator and we’ll let you know how we can help,