#MondayMythBuster: Obesity is a quick fix

December 21, 2017
Nearly half of young adults in Britain are overweight or obese. But, the fitness & gym lifestyle has become overly popular on social media so why is there a rise in young adult obesity? I don’t get it, there are now online options, similar to Results with Lucy, which you can do in your own home like you were having your own personal trainer.
 
It seems that my generation and the generation below are increasing our chances of developing devastating diseases early in life, ranging from diabetes to cancer. And can you guess what the cause is? According to the NHS it’s unhealthy modern diets, mobile phone addiction, lack of exercise and the governments’ failure to knuckle down childhood obesity. Madness!
 
But retailers claim that the obesity “trend” is also being reflected on the high street, with a massive demand for plus-size fashion.
 
According to NHS statistics the health of the nations youth is going dooowwwnn. Here’s some facts and figures from the annual Health Survey for England – they have been interviewing and measuring 8,000 adults and 2,000 children every year since 1991;
1 in 6 young men have a waist size of 40inches or more – which is 4 times more that in the early 1990s.
And in women? Well, almost a quarter have a ‘very high’ waist size of 34.5 inches or more. So that has gone up a tenth in 1993.
 
So, it’s clear that the number of overweight or obese 16-24 year olds has grown from about 1.8 million in 1993 to 2.9 million in 2015!
 
It’s one thing becoming obese at 70 but becoming obese at 14 and then staying that way is far worse due to the prolonged impact over their lifetime.
 
I think young people need something to focus on to keep them busy and to reduce any temptation of high-calorific foods and social media for a little bit. Don’t you find that when you’re bored you tend to binge eat a little bit more? Many have used food for comfort and instant gratification. Which is understanding because it can release chemicals around the body making you “happy”. But, depending on the sugar in that food, there can be a massive come down which then creates a vicious cycle.
 
Obesity is becoming bigger and bigger (excuse the pun). But it is a serious subject as many overweight and obese young people may end up living shorter lives than their parents.
 
There have been stats showing that already, some obese children under 10 have diabetes! (Not so) Fun fact: This explosive rise in ‘young adult obesity’ is now being reflected in shops. A prediction from a market research firm called Global Data, claims that £1 in every £5 spent on women’s clothing this year will be on a ‘plus size’ fashion.
 
I just hope that the Department of Health try to tackle and win the war against obesity in both children and in adults because Britain’s future doesn’t look bright if this carries on. I don’t mean to frighten you but those are scary statistics and we shouldn’t start to accept these levels of obesity. I am all for loving yourself – not harming yourself.
 
Being between the ages of 16-24 is the prime time of our physical health. The years where you jump around, do mad workouts and sports competitions and not be worn out as much! But by piling on the fat, especially around the waist, young people are putting themselves at increased risk of a number of serious illnesses that may end up killing them.
 
The bosses of them all is Type 2 diabetes which even slim people can develop it, especially if you have a large waist, then unfortunately you are at much greater risk. Getting Type 2 in your 50s is bad enough so getting it in your mid-30s (which by the way is increasing) it’s much worse because you arteries, eyes, nerves and other organs are exposed to damaging effects of high blood sugar for longer. According to some studies being overweight not only raises the risk of heart disease and various cancers, but also dementia.
 
We can’t keep relying on medicine. I mean, yes modern medicine is great and we should be grateful to have the research done for us. However, how long should we be relying on it. We will end up being immune to it. Plus, even if various medicines work and help, it is only short term. Overweight youngsters will spend their latter years suffering with ill health. Which, don’t mean to sound horrible, will be expensive for all of us. A recent paper suggested that diabetes costs Britain almost £24 billion each year and could hit £40 billion in 18 years time!
 
To prevent this happening, yes, the government has to act. But as individuals we have to take responsibility for our own health and that starts with being honest about it and with YOU. Maybe that's why the British public are finding tackling obesity extremely difficult.
 
If you are however confused as to where to start, or embarrassed to ask then head over to our New Beginnings plan landing page. It contains all the information you need in order to make a change to a healthier, happier and fitter you.
 
 
 
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