Your health is you most important asset

I know that when I was overweight I worried about how I looked; I stressed about what to wear and I was concerned about what people thought of me.

But my biggest worry was my health and reading articles this week in the press about the effects of processed foods has made me really grateful that I changed my eating habits.

So this article is worth a read

Processed breakfast cereals could be partly behind increasing risks of cancer in the developed world

Eating factory-made food including cornflakes, pizza and chocolate bars every day increases the risk of cancer by a quarter, the first study of its kind suggests.

Additives in ready meals, packaged snacks and shop-bought cakes may combine to trigger the disease, researchers warned last night.

Cancer caused by highly processed food would be over and above the harmful effects of the sugar and fat it contains, scientists fear.

The West’s increasing taste for packaged food on the go could fuel a further rise in cancer in the future, they say.

French researchers studied the diets of 105,000 people, of whom 2,228 developed cancer over an eight-year period. The quarter who ate the most “ultra-processed” food were 23 per cent more likely to get any type of cancer than the quarter who ate the least, researchers report in The BMJ.

Now I know that advice about what to eat never stops but if you want to know about  eating healthily my Weight Away Plans can help and you will lose some weight as well as protecting your health .

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Obesity in Staffordshire at a high!

Last week I attended the ‘BigFatChatLive’ Event which was being held by Staffordshire Council to discuss the obesity levels in the county.  They assessed 1 in 4 adults to be obese and frighteningly 1 in 5 children as well.

This makes 190,000 people in the county as obese with the associated health risks that this can lead to. As the NHS is under so much strain in Staffordshire this is all the more worrying.  I want to do anything I can through my business to help to address this and I believe that my Weight Away Plans are helpful in providing support and suggesting healthy eating plans and recipes that can be prepared for the whole family.

The risks to your health of being obese are many. Obesity can result in heart disease, stroke, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can help to minimise the risks. I know though that this can be less than easy and it can be difficult to do this without support.  This why having got my own weight under control I set up my business, and why I am well placed to understand how hard it can be. I can though provide advice, guidance and support with lots of healthy recipes to help you lose weight.

I would be delighted to talk to anyone who is interested in finding out more or who wants to take the first step to tackle a weight issue. You can contact me for a free initial discussion with no obligation.  Remember you have nothing to lose but weight

What is being overweight doing to you?

I decided to watch the BBC 3 programme on line that shows the effects of obesity through an actual post mortem.

I think that anyone who is carrying too much weight would want to take action to minimise the risk of what fat can do your organs and seeing this in such a graphic way really made me think.

I can remember being given the advice to microwave a pork pie for 30 secs to see how much fat came out of it. The person who suggested I did this said it would put me off pork pies for life.  They were right and you can do the same with a sausage roll but this seems all a bit trivial when you see the fat inside a body.

People who contributed to the show talking about their own weight problems had spoken about health problems but also lack of self esteem and confidence. Their courage to speak out was based on the worries they had about their health.  When you were able to see the fat surrounding the organs in the the post mortem and in particular the impact on the liver it was terrifying.

The fact that 64% of the UK population are overweight or obese now and that is expected to rise to 75% by 2035 is really worrying. Particularly  when we already know that 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and that is just one of many health risks.  You can add heart disease, stroke, cancer and liver failure.

If you have the stomach for it this documentary is worth a watch and if it inspires you do something about your own weight then I would be delighted to support you in that. You can contact me by emailing enquiries@weight-away.org 

You can see the programme at http://bbc.in/2cSCh4N

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Your health is your most important asset

Whatever you are doing and however much money you have got the one thing that is important to us all is our health.

It really doesn’t matter what we look like when we are overweight and in fact you can look great on the outside but it is important to know what being overweight means for your health.

As a quick check if you measure your waist and it is more than half your height you are carrying too much weight. Obviously the bigger the diference the greater the risk.If you are 5ft 8 inches your waist should be no more than 34 inches.  So what are the facts

  • Did you know that 80% of people who have Type 2 Diabetes are overweight or obese
  • Did you know that 1 in 20 cancers are linked to being overweight or obese
  • Did you know that being overweight leads to high blood pressure and high cholesterol increasing your chances of stroke and heart disease

But by losing as little as 5-10% of your weight can reduce your risk

So start now and protect your future and for anyone wanting support and help at http://www.weight-away I offer personalised plans, recipes, support and coaching to help you get to a healthy weight.

So get out the tape measure and check your waist!

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