Well the government decided to put a strategy in place and this is what it is…
New obesity strategy unveiled as country urged to lose weight to beat coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the NHS
- Ban on TV and online adverts for food high in fat, sugar and salt before 9pm
- End of deals like ‘buy one get one free’ on unhealthy food high in salt, sugar and fat
- Calories to be displayed on menus to help people make healthier choices when eating out – while alcoholic drinks could soon have to list hidden ‘liquid calories’
- New campaign to help people lose weight, get active and eat better after COVID-19 ‘wake-up call’
My take on this mainly is “too little too late” but that’s the government for you!!
After the gyms were the last to open I find this all very hypercritical.
The third bullet point is probably the most helpful, but how is someone supposed to know how many calories they should be eating in a day without proper education?
Thats what is missing… educating people.
The obesity crises needs to address educating kids at school level and talking about calories in vs calories out and how exercise can increase calorie burn and help with mental health.
We have a child obesity crisis. Kids are not moving enough and being fed the wrong foods. Even a family member commented how the young people they know eat nothing but fried chicken and chips for lunch at their work. Don’t know how to cook or too lazy to cook healthy meals for themselves. That’s the 20 year olds of today, god knows that the 20year olds in 10-15 years will be like.
We as a society need to wake the fuck up. Stop normalising people (kids Especially) being fat and start making healthier decisions.
When I was a young girl the average size of a women was 12, that’s now at least 16. That’s a few decades of 4 dress sizes now being the average female. How did we let this happen? How did we let kids and dogs get fat through our care?
There doesn’t need to be a ban on food ads, there needs to be a ban on the food. Stop producing it and people can’t eat it.
It’s interesting that over 45000 people (at the time of writing this) have died from corona (not all obese I know) for them to wake up and start thinking we need a fitter nation for the NHS to survive and people to survive.
Yes obesity kills! It causes health issues and they can kill you. That’s why diabetes, heart disease, cancers and strokes happen. Obesity. It’s the underlying cause of all of them and people just think that it’s a bit of extra weight. It isn’t, it’s unhealthy. It’s going to kill.
Thankyou government for yet again being late off the line and weight watchers isn’t going to be the only (if it is) answer to help the obesity crisis. Also who asked Boris? I mean who wants to take advice from someone who clearly doesn’t look after himself and isn’t a health care professional, Pt or Nutritionist.
As a PT I need to step in and give some advice that might actually help. Not many people read these posts so I really don’t know how to get my voice heard amongst all the noise these days but here it goes.
Firstly a 1400 calorie diet (I heard boris was saying this is what we all need to eat now, moron!) Isn’t for everyone. Use a calorie calculator online. Or contact me to help you. Workout what you need to stay your weight BMR (basal metabolic rate) and then any exercise you do added on top. Now if you need to lose weight then -250-500 calories.
no more. Monitor your weight and log all your food and liquid calories in my fitness pal.
If it ain’t shifting then make sure you logging all sauces, all amounts correctly. Don’t cheat, don’t overestimate how many calories you burn exercising. Be accurate.
You can eat what you want (for your daily calories, don’t diet) but you W ant lots of veg and healthy protein like chicken or turkey or vegan meats. If you don’t move a lot naturally then you don’t necessarily need a lot of carbs as you can get them from vegetables. Also eat your Fibre.
Move more! Be healthier in your decisions and keep that 25-500 calorie deficit and the weight will come off. That’s got to be it, day in day out. Healthier lifestyle. No quick fix and no diets involved.
At the end of the day it’s down to us as individuals to educate ourselves and others and to keep ourselves healthy. We can’t push someone to do it, but the addiction to McDonald’s and CRAP (carbonated drinks, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed food) is a worry and something I thought lockdown would have helped with. Seeing the ques when it opened, I’m not so sure.
Start taking responsibility. Stop making excuses.
Reduce alcohol intake, you know who you are. Not only does alcohol contain hidden calories, your body can’t burn any food calories till the alcohol has been processed. You also make worse nutrition decisions when under the influence. It’s a lose lose situation. If your drinking to make life better then maybe address those issues then you won’t need the alcohol hugs.
Alcohol only makes you feel good for a few hours. It’s affects can last days including low mood and fatigue.
If the government wanted to help then we as a nation need time to exercise. Work work work not only inhibits you finding time to work out, it causes stress too. Stress and lack of sleep can cause weight gain and poor nutrition choices. So if you can make time for you. You can find 30mins to go for a walk or run or do some hiit. Exercise on your lunch break. If your not getting a lunch break speak to your manager and explain you need that time off to exercise to reduce your stress and increase healthy habits. It’s better for them to give you your hour off than weeks off when sick because your stressed or signed off.
So the main takeaway is, eat less CRAP, move more and eat your veggies. Isn’t that what we have always been told?
P.s I am not against people being Fat but I am concerned about their well being. I’m passionate about people’s health and my own. It’s my job and I am here to help, offer help and have my own opinions. I hope this article doesn’t offend anyone.