Better Health Obesity Campaign 2022

Better Health Obesity Campaign 2022

Public Health England’s ‘Better Health’ campaign returns in January 2022 with positive and motivating messages for us to take action and improve our health.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO):

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
  • In 2020, 39 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight or obese.

The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is the imbalance of energy between calories consumed and calories expended.

The global obesity epidemic is attributed to the increase in consumption of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and sugars. Obesity refers to abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may result in a raised basal metabolic index (BMI), a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as:

  • cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke)
  • diabetes
  • musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis – a highly disabling degenerative disease of the joints)
  • some cancers (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney and colon).

Childhood obesity is associated with a higher chance of obesity, premature death and disability in adulthood. Furthermore, obese children are more likely to experience breathing difficulties, increased risk of fractures, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological issues.

The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced peoples’ lifestyles in some way or other. Many people have put on weight as a result of comfort eating, snacking, and more time spent at home due to restrictions. However, the pandemic has also allowed time for reflection, encouraging people to think about what really matters to them – family, friends, and health.

The latest Health and Lifestyle Survey in Gibraltar showed that 82% of people eat less than five portions of fruit and veg per day. A balanced diet with plenty veggies and fruit (fresh, frozen or canned) all count! Consider adding these to stew, soups, smoothies, sauces etc. Be mindful of appropriate portion-sizes, read more HERE.

No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Adults should aim to be active every day. A daily brisk walk can boost your energy, lift your mood and make everyday activities easier. To stay fit and healthy, it is recommended you get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or around 20 to 30 minutes a day.

                                        Eating Healthy and Keeping Active improves  physical and mental wellbeing.

PHE’s Better Health campaign is prompting us to:

  • take small simple steps
  • work towards a healthier self
  • use evidence based tools and resources online; be it to lose weight, quit smoking or increase activity levels.

Read More HERE.