Well, I took the plunge today to do my BMI (via NHS Choices onsite app) – and I am officially sitting right in the middle of the over-weight section. Not that I needed proof of course, but it’s always good to see it in writing. A reality check if you like.
Knowing my actual BMI is good as it’s making me more determined to succeed. I’m sticking to my healthy eating and I have cut out bread. I can’t say I’m missing it as I do actually enjoy crisp breads, even though my husband says he thinks they taste like cardboard! But crisp breads have come a long way in recent years, and I’m actually looking forward to my cracked pepper crisp breads with low-fat soft cheese in about an hour.
I think making small adjustments, over time, is the way forward. My brain will eventually be re-trained and it will become the norm to eat crisp breads instead of bread, and to eat fruit instead of a biscuit.
Cutting out on all life’s pleasures is not the answer. Cutting down and substituting is. Change4Life is a Government backed programme to encourage people to make healthier choices. And this is the important bit because … the latest research shows that 60% of adults are over-weight or obese. 60%!!! Yes, I said 60% – you did read that correctly!
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, has urged adults in the UK to eat and drink less, in a bid to tackle obesity. In a recent Department of Health paper entitled ‘Healthy Lives: Healthy People – A Call to Action on Obesity in England’, the Government sets out it’s goals for “a sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children by 2020 and a downward trend in the level of excess weight averaged across all adults by 2020”. The paper goes on to say “Excess weight is a major risk factor for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Alongside the serious ill-health it provokes, it can reduce people’s prospects in life, affecting individuals’ ability to get and hold down work, their self-esteem and their underlying mental health. Excess weight costs the NHS more than £5bn each year. More broadly, it has a serious impact on economic development.
Do I want to be one of those people who becomes a burden to society – NO! Thank goodness I’ve stared reality in the face again today – calculating my BMI has had a very positive effect and is spurring me on!
Until tomorrow …