Despite what we know about the impact of food choices on our health, overweight and obesity are still on the rise in South Africa, alongside a host of preventable diseases that can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles. A balanced diet is important for good health and well being. So, to make people aware of nutrition and its importance in our lives and to curb the problem of malnutrition National Nutrition Week and National Obesity week from 9 – 15 October.
What is obesity?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines ‘obesity’ or ‘being overweight’ as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.
Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.
Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.”
In South Africa, both obesity and malnourishment is an issue, especially in current times. In light of COVID-19; this year’s National Nutrition Week theme is
GOOD NUTRITION FOR GOOD IMMUNITY.
A few basics for nutritional eating:
- Enjoy a variety of wholefoods. (unprocessed foods)
- Buy healthy affordable foods.
- Drink lots of clean water (not sugary juices)
- Prepare healthy home meals
- Practice healthy eating habits:
- A balanced meal with lots of veggies, and right portion sizes
- Eat together with no distractions (ie: phone/TV etc.)
See below some great basic guides on portion control, tips on healthy grocery shopping, how to read food labels, and a simple meal plan example.
Smart food and drink choices can also help lower the risk of Cancer, and other diseases such as heart disease, strokes or diabetes. There is also a link between obesity and cancer, so a balanced lifestyle is important.
What is a balanced lifestyle?
A balanced lifestyle not only includes eating right but also being active with regular physical activity, and vice versa. Someone who looks fit & active might not be nutritional/healthy inside. Something as small as a walk every day is important in keeping your body healthy.
So choose to move and choose to eat & drink smartly, and be a hero to those who need help & motivation to do the same.
GET INSPIRED & EDUCATE YOURSELF
Accounts to Follow:
- Nutritional Education:
- Healthy recipe inspiration:
Our team loves listening to podcasts to inspire us, here are some of our top podcast programs to tune in on to get inspired and educated on living a healthy life: