Understanding obesity to reduce health risks

 

Obesity is a term that describes someone as being overweight and who carries a high level of body fat that presents a risk to health, and is a primary cause of cardiovascular disease. In today’s current healthcare crisis, being overweight is now recognised as being one of leading factors of increasing your risk of health complications, should you contract COVID-19.

Knowing if you’re at a healthy weight is often measured using BMI (Body Mass Index), which represents a person’s weight in relation to their height. Although only providing an estimation, it can indicate whether an individual is overweight or not.

A BMI over 30 is considered obese for most adults, and the risks for health rise directly with increasing BMI over 25. This means that health risks fall with lower BMI, showing how even a little weight loss is beneficial. Many people are motivated to lose weight but need support to achieve it, which is where support programmes and the advice of an Alphega Pharmacist can help.

How can I manage my weight?

There are many challenges to tackling obesity, because the causes of weight gain and the barriers to weight loss are complex. While the popular mantra of eat less and move more reflects the basics needed for losing weight, it is often not as simple. While it’s mostly up to each of us to hold responsibility, we mustn’t miss the potential impact of our environment, life circumstances and medical history.

Despite its complex causes, weight is often surrounded by stigma and misconceptions. Rather than focusing on calorie counting and weight alone, the aim of weight management should be to improve your health and wellbeing, as well as reducing your risk of developing heart disease in the future.

Success is about adopting sustainable, healthy behaviours and improving long-term health and wellbeing and your local Alphega Pharmacist can guide you every step of the way Maintaining a healthy weight might also see additional health benefits such as a fall in blood pressure or cholesterol, particularly in cases where previous readings have been high.

Top tips for managing weight loss:

  • Avoid quick fixes and fad diets

  • Ask your Alphega Pharmacist to help find a plan that suits you

  • Establish a sustainable routine

  • Set realistic targets

  • Celebrate your successes

You might be open to making changes but afraid of judgement or in need of support to follow up with the right behaviour and habits. Weight loss is a specialist area, and so by speaking to healthcare professionals like our Alphega Pharmacists, they can help overcome some of the barriers to weight loss and make adopting a healthy lifestyle more meaningful, realistic, rewarding and enjoyable.