National Obesity Awareness Week starts today, and fitness professionals across the nation will be sharing their passion for health and well being, in order to raise awareness of the growing obesity issue.
In Britain, 25 per cent of adults are obese. In case you were wondering, that’s 12 million of us! Studies say that by 2030, 60% of the UK is predicted to be overweight.
Weight gain is a risk factor for a whole host of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers, with the obese shaving up to 8 years off their lives from these illnesses. Obesity and diabetes already costs the UK over £5 billion every year which is likely to rise to £50 billion in the next 36 years.
Overcoming obesity is a long-term process and although processed foods and cheap eats have contributed to the issue, lack of exercise also plays a crucial part. So it’s important that those within the fitness industry, such as personal trainers, stress the importance of fitness as part of a healthy and long-term lifestyle.
Educating the nation on what the body needs to function effectively, and how to prepare simple, healthy, and realistic meals will make a huge impact in the number of diet and obesity-related health issues within the UK. Not to mention the 33,000 premature deaths linked to being overweight.
Researchers say the study shows that governments must implement policies to make food healthier, calling for a restriction of the marketing of unhealthy foods to children and clearly labelling food packets with nutritional information. Meanwhile, us fitness professionals can educate others on portion control, making the right choices and ditching the convenience foods in place of healthy alternatives.
One of the initiatives in place is JanUary, promoting the ways which we, the government and businesses can improve the health of the nation by providing key information and resources to encourage healthier lifestyles. As they say, ‘It’s not about making some major change that you’ll struggle to stick to. It’s about doing something sustainable that’ll help you in the long-term.’
If National Obesity Awareness Week gives you a taste for wanting to make a bigger change, our Obesity and Diabetes Specialist Certification will equip you with the tools required to plan and monitor nutrition programmes, to help lead the fight against obesity. Covering the nutritional basis of healthy eating, the physiology and psychology of dieting and educating individuals on the analysis of food labels, you’ll have the professional qualification to provide advice to those ready to manage their weight for a longer and healthier life.
Speak to the team for a prospectus or find a course coming to a venue near you for 2017.