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Average life expectancy in England is 81 years (men 79/women 83)
Average healthy life expectancy is just 63.6 years
With the last 16 years spend suffering from a range of serious chronic diseases including :
Much of this extended period of chronic Illness is due to lifestyle choices and in the UK, being overweight is now the single biggest factor in the reduction of healthy life span. Losing weight is about so much more than looking good.
Based upon research by University of Leicester and University of Melbourne published September 2019
Throughout the Developed World There Are Massive Corporate Interests in the Food Industry.
The effect of this is that although food safety is seen as important at the point of consumption, the commercial interests of the corporations involved currently override the longer term concerns about public health. This manifests itself in many ways including:
Food and Drink Outlets introduce further incentives for us to optimise their profits.
In short we are surrounded by cheap food and continually exposed to food and drink advertising to encourage us to consume more. Temptation is literally everywhere.
The food and drink industry is not the only problem.
An increasing proportion of jobs involve zero exercise. With the result that the harder we work the less we move.
General Lack of Exercise
Not just sedentary jobs, sedentary past times are also exacerbating weight gain at all ages. However, it becomes increasingly important as we age. Over the age of 50 we tend to lose muscle unless we do resistance exercise to retain it. Less muscle mass directly reduces our resting metabolic rate at a nominal 50 calories/day for each pound of muscle lost.
That may not sound much but the loss of 2 pounds of muscle reduces our resting calorie need by 100 calories/day. Which is why retired sports people often gain eight. One pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories . Excess consumption of 100 calories a day is 365,000/year roughly equal to 10 pounds of weight gain/ year, if everything else is kept constant. What is worse is that this can be the start of a vicious circle that becomes increasingly harder to reverse.
Stress and Sleep
Too much stress and too little sleep both tend to increase weight gain and lead to the production of cortisol which in turn can increase visceral fat and result in Type 2 diabetes.
Being able to manage our stress levels and ensure a good night’s sleep of ideally 7-8 hours is fundamental to our wellbeing and aids weight management.
Obesity in Children.
This imbalance between food consumption and energy use is becoming increasingly apparent in children.
“Almost 1 in 5 children are overweight or obese when they start primary school, rising to 1 in 3 when they start secondary school. By 2020 it’s estimated half of all children will be overweight or obese. Obese children are much more likely to be obese adults, causing significant health risks as well as low self-esteem and body image.”
source Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
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