Tipping the Scales, aired 30/4/2018 Four Corners.
Did you know that 27% of children and 63% of adults in Australia are now above a healthy weight???...We have one of the highest rates of obesity in the world and by 2025 they estimate 80% of Australians will be overweight or obese... so very alarming and very sad…
The overweight/obesity statistics in Australia (and much of the developed world) they talked about are frightening and seem to be getting worse...The costs to those who are suffering from being overweight are vast- increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alzheimer's, dementia, stroke, lack of mobility, depression...not to mention the skyrocketing health costs affecting all of us. Kids as young are 5 are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes...
We all know that better health outcomes are based on a combination of factors including a healthy, wholefood diet, exercise, sleep, quality relationships and stress management. When we do all of these things most of the time, we feel better, think more clearly, we have more energy, and the list of benefits rolls on. However, many of us are too busy, overwhelmed by contradicting health claims and advice, pressured by mass marketing, and simply don’t know where to start.
So where DO we start in curbing this alarming and costly trend???
Excess sugar consumption has definitely been in the limelight, and there is ample evidence that blood sugar imbalances caused by the excess sugar in our Standard Australian Diet (SAD :( ) is a great place to start in halting this frightening trend.
Unfortunately, sugar is everywhere...and it’s addictive...and we simply are eating and drinking too much of it, sometimes without even knowing it...It’s not about never eating sugar ever, or never having a treat. It’s about becoming aware of how prevalent added sugars are and minimising it in our every day eating.
Did you know that The World Health Organisation recommends that the optimum level of added sugar is 6 tsps per day???
Dr. Robert Lustig has been vocal about the perils of too much added sugar in our diets, and does a great job explaining how it affects our bodies...Because of its addictive nature, we find that weaning people off sugar isn’t easy, but it’s a great place to start on the path to better health outcomes for our clients.
It is also about building your every day diet on an abundance of fresh seasonal vegetables (lots of leafy greens, brightly coloured veg) and fruit, quality proteins (grass fed meat, organic chicken, or chicken that is allowed to roam freely, beans, legumes, quality eggs, organic tofu, fish high in Omega 3 fats such as salmon, sardines and mackerel); healthy fats (avocado, nuts and seeds, quality extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed better,etc); and complex carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, and oats. Eating a variety of these quality foods is far more likely to give you the abundance of nutrients you need, help better maintain key health parameters (weight, muscle mass, blood pressure, no nutrient deficiencies,) keep you feeling nicely full (not overly full), provide you ample energy, balance your moods, and help maintain a healthy immune response.
So what else can you do to moderate the sugar in your daily diet???
Our health is so, so important to each of us, our families and friends. We set goals for our education, our careers, our kids, sports teams, events and in many other areas of our lives. Unfortunately, many of us don’t take the time to devise a preventative health strategy through setting and monitoring our own health goals. If you need more help, or would like to be more proactive with understanding and managing your health, please book an appointment with Bonnie or Krys at www.proactivehealthnetwork.com.au to take better control of your health starting today.
Be Proactive rather than reactive about your health
Bonnie Redman, Nutritionist