Archive for January, 2015

The Obesity Crisis – what can be done about it?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

With the recent news that ‘obesity’ is going to be deemed as a disability, to some this has caused an outcry, what do you think?

According to the American Medical Association in their annual meeting in 2013 it was declared that the ‘obesity disease’ will be requiring many medical interventions.  It is a fact that obesity is reaching epidemic proportions when you consider that in the UK for example a government study in 2012 found that 66.6% of men and 57.2% of women were overweight.  I have no doubt that those numbers have increased over the course of the last two years.

Concerns about ‘fat’ are also fuelled in terms of the economic and health burden created by hordes of people who refuse to take responsibility for their own weight gain and continue to get bigger!  In terms of it becoming a burden, the cost to the NHS is huge when you consider what the consequence of being overweight creates; conditions such as Type II diabetes, early onset of heart disease such as high blood pressure, as well as high cholesterol.  Obesity also creates musculoskeletal, circulatory, metabolic and endocrine reproductive and urological, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems as well as liver disease and some cancers.

So, what can be done about it?  Personally, I believe people who are morbidly obese need to seek psychological help, as obeseity is very often linked to emotional difficulties/psychological problems.  People will often comfort eat and drink to excess rather than face upto the problems they are experiencing in life.  Lack of exercise is also key. With more people isolating themselves socially, preferring to play computer games or talk to friends and family via social media, rather than going out to physically meet people, could be part of the problem?

Despite the likes of Jamie Oliver, who pioneered school dinners, raising people’s awareness about eating healthier meals and going back to basics; despite regular media coverage via reality programmes and documentaries about the hazards of being overweight and eating unhealthily, the problem only seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Perhaps we need to get back to basics?  Introduce more physical activity in schools and within the community?  What more could the government do to encourage people to take up regular physical activity and promote good health?  I would be interested to hear what you think about it, so do get in touch and let me know…..

(Statistics taken from the BACP Journal (December 2014)

How to tackle the post-Christmas blues?!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Presents have been exchanged, socializing with friends and family has been great fun, if not maybe somewhat challenging?! The Christmas tree and decorations have all been put away, you’ve probably eaten and drank to excess, but hey who cares, Christmas comes but once a year RIGHT?!

Nevertheless, when you start to count the cost of the festive holiday season, it can soon bring you down to earth with a bump, which is why most people dread the month of January.  However, it does’nt have to be so bad……

Instead of getting yourself down over the state of the weather conditions, the concerns about the credit card bill coming through your door, or the lack of cash flow, simply take some time out to plan some fun times throughout the month?

I make a point of arranging get-togethe’s with friends, some of whom I may not have got to see over the festive period.  Taking regular exercise, (and it does’nt have to mean forcing yourself into the gym 5 times a week, to lose those festive pounds), releases those happy chappies called ‘endorphins’ into your blood stream that help to make you feel good.  Walking out in nature always uplifts the spirit and when you do it with your partner, spouse or friends, it can be even more fun.

January is always a good time to take an inventory of your life too.  Consider what you have achieved so far, give yourself a pat on the back.  Rather than chide yourself for not achieving as much, consider what steps you can take to make some positive changes in your life throughout the coming year?  It may be changing career, starting a new hobby, planning a special holiday or joining a course to learn something new.

Whatever you decide to do, choose to have fun doing it, choose to be happy rather than dwell on any past mistakes or worry too much about what the future may hold.  The past is past, the future is yet to come and each day is a gift so live each day in the present and enjoy being you!