BMI = 30 = Obese

Obesity – this arises when there is an excess of body fat. We know when we have an excess of fat or not, once we are measured using the Body Mass Index. Based on the Global Burden of Disease (2010 results), it stated that obesity is the single greatest risk factor associated with disease burden for many persons and countries. Furthermore, being obese contributed to about 11 percent of total disability-adjusted life years.

Obesity is a major risk factor for a large number of health issues. Some of the more easily identifiable issues are those such as Cancer, Diabetes and Cardiovascular problems, just to name a few. Some of our club members inquired as to what is the measurement identifier for obesity.

If a person’s BMI when calculated is 30 or greater, this person may then be considered obese. In many other cases there are markers which suggest that persons are morbidly obese. Morbidly obese is at that point when the BMI calculated is higher than 40. Note that just because someone visually appears larger than what we perceive they should be is not an accurate estimation of BMI.

BMI – is the Body Mass Index and is a form of calculating ratios of fat to lean muscle mass.

In some countries it has been found that about 80 percent of the women are overweight or obese while it stands at about 55 percent of men being overweight or obese. Generally – there is a need for as few excuses for persons to make as possible, why they cannot maintain or gradually move to a “normal” BMI. When you take a look at overall practices around, obesity treatment has been almost one-size-fits-all, type of response. However in a 2015 paper by Dr. Mark Green, from the University of Sheffield and the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) , this should not be.

Dr Green, said: “Policies designed to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles often target individuals just because they are obese. But a focus on just the group as a whole is not very efficient. We are all different and different health promotion approaches work for different people.

In other words, to treat a woman in her 30’s who is a stay at home mom versus a woman who is an office professional…for obesity, the treatment approach has to be different. This should be done under the guidance of the health practitioner and the team involved including the qualified dietitian.

So now that we know just a bit about obesity, the idea is to spring into action such that we can get to the recommended ratios of BMI for our own bodies.

Recreation is one of the priorities… One of the better places to exercise is in the outdoors, or a green space. This is also an effective means to impact the rate of obesity. With the use of these green spaces it may attract persons within a community to join in the effort. As such it may even create a new support group within your community and act as a good motivator to act on managing our obesity. Consider the last time that you or your family exercised within a community setting, and also consider how much you weighed this morning. Even that can be used as a bit of motivation.

Very low calorie diet… This usually involves a diet plan which mean consuming less than 800 calories per day. Some think of this as under-feeding or barely providing the minimum essentials. While this can be an effective method of losing weight, for some it is not our recommendation for all. Remember one-size-does not fit all, and this method may not be safe for some individiuals. Our bodies still need the necessary elements from food in order to function efficiently.

Changing out eating and dietary habits… This may mean for some, as the reduction in fatty foods and sugary foods, and a repositioning or including more high fibre foods. It may also be that the specific individual under the guidance of their nutritionist include more lean protein from meats. Additionally some may be advised to have smaller meals and more frequently, rather than one large meal, as this would reduce the chances of over-eating. Furthermore, smaller meals will also suggest portion sizes will be called into consideration.

One of our proposals, is that Not Just ONE formula would work for the management of obesity on an individual level, but a combination of strategy which also take into consideration a person’s lifestyle. Therefore it may be more exercise in conjunction with smaller meals or, specified meal plans for a designated period which also meet a specific caloric requirement. Fitness Fusion 360 – would suggest that each individual have their BMI measured and then with guidance workout their specific game plan.

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