WEIGHT LOSS & EATING DISORDERS

Relationship between health and weight

Over weight is now a serious and rapidly growing problem. A recent UK National Health survey showed the direct relationship between health and over weight. Compared with those classified as normal, over weight patients are twice as likely to have high blood pressure and obese patients are three times as likely to have high blood pressure. Patients with a long lasting illness are 30% more likely to be over weight and 60% more likely to be obese. And the admissions for obesity doubled between 1998 and 2004 but by 2009 this had risen to eight times.

Relationship between weight and eating

The facts are that the calories in the food we eat provide the energy for our physical activities (this includes mental activities) and if we do take in more than we use up then this will be stored by the body in the form of fat. So to lose weight we must decrease our calorie intake or increase our activity levels. But this is almost impossible to achieve just because we want to – we need to change something deeper, something that controls the balance between eating and activity which ideally should be automatic. Actually the body knows when it has taken enough food and it also knows what kind of food it needs but our modern life style with its concentration on thinking makes it difficult for us to listen to our inner promptings.

Convenience foods desensitise the body

In addition convenience foods with their strong aromas and tastes are designed to give quick gratification, never mind that they contain trans fats, excess salt and sugar as well as artificial colouring, artificial flavourings and preservatives. And the more we take on artificial foods and excess salt and sugar we desensitise our body from being able to distinguish between what is good and what is bad.

Listen to our bodies

So we have to find ways to hear what our bodies tell us. A detox is a good start to this process. Regular exercise such as walking or simple yoga stretching helps awaken the body and restore the mind body balance. We need to change our priorities, our attitudes and allow the inner strength we all have inside to take control again.

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