There's a lot of talk in the media about an obesity epidemic. And whil ethe UK isn't the nation with the biggest challenge in terms of overweight and obesity, we are one of the nations higher up the list 0 as are many of the western nations with developed economies.
But what can we do as individuals to ensure that we keep to a weight that's within the recommended range - or rather, have a body mass index (BMI) that is healthy. It's worth noting that BMI isn't the be all and end all though - for instance athletes and people who do sports may be heavy due to muscle mass and so the scales aren't showint them to be overweight as such - just heavier than the average person of their height and build.
Keeping to a healthy weigh isn't simply about the amount we consume. Sure, it definitely helps to keep out of the habit of eating foods that are packed with energy but have little in the way of nutritional value - such as sugar heavy soft drinks.
Activity plays its part as well -and not only can make us feel better about ourselves, exercise can also reduce the risk for a range of diseases.
The obesity epidemic - while it's a governmental challenge here and in other countries too, it's also a fight we can do our own individual contribution to winning.