07 Mar Educating Eaters
Whilst waiting for the weather forecast last week, (I got a bit obsessed with the snow as I love it!) I heard a troubling piece of health news saying that obesity is now the most likely cause of cancer in the UK and has even taken over smoking. I was not necessarily shocked by that bit, smoking has become so taboo of late and is definitely no longer cool, thank God. However eating has clearly taken over as the vice of choice for the masses, it is completely legal, you can do it anywhere you want and it is more than a little encouraged!
However to hear that 7 out of 10 of the new millenials, (people born between 1978 and into the 90s) will already be overweight or obese by the time they reach middle age is hugely worrying, that’s 70 out of 100, 700 in every one thousand, those are crazy figures to me and are probably only going to get worse unless we take action now.
I talked to my son about it today and asked him to imagine 21 overweight pupils in his class of 30, he agreed it would be shocking! As it turns out none of them are but this is not the norm in the UK. According to statistics ¼ of 2-10 year olds and 1/3 of 11-15 year olds are overweight or obese. What is going on?
It seems the government is getting the brunt of the blame but is it really all their fault? Yes they could get stricter about what the food companies are doing, they can send out more information to educate us. they can make sure government funded institutions like schools and hospitals are providing excellent nutrition but ultimately surely it comes down to the individual doesn’t it? After all, ‘We are what we eat!’
Admittedly there is a lot more to nutrition than meets the eye, I should know, the course I took was long and intense, but some of it really is not rocket science and there are things we can do today to make a real difference.
I truly believe that small changes can make a big difference, focusing on what we will feel/look like when we eat well rather than how deprived we are feeling, gradually swapping bad habits for new healthier ones and changing our mindset towards food so we see things differently.
I run a healthy eating/weight loss group, which focuses on making every meal or snack count and seeing food from a completely different perspective rather than talking about calories (which are totally different depending on what you are eating!) and syns which just fuels the feeling of deprivation or even willpower which comes and goes and is totally unnecessary.
It is true a little knowledge can go a long way and I understand there’s a lot of confusing and conflicting information out there but the basics are fairly simple and we, individually need to be making the right choices and feeling the difference in our energy levels, our skin and our weight when we do.
Try swapping white carbs for brown, sweets for dried fruit, milk chocolate for dark, cake for a cut up orange, crisps for nuts, biscuits for oat cakes, a few little tweaks and you will be well on your way.
Stay healthy and happy.
PS I am thinking of running my healthy eating/weight loss group online for a small fee, shout if you are interested. Ping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org