Lifestyle

Obesity's a matter of choice

MORE and more we hear or read that "we are what we eat" and to a certain extent this is true.

You only have to open the pantry or refrigerator to see the number of packaged items on display and, granted, many are healthy. But then again, many are not.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures prove that obesity is on the rise: "The proportion of adults (aged 18 years or over) classified as obese or overweight has increased from 56% in 1995 to 61% in 2007-08. For men, the increase was from 64% to 68% in 2007-08, while for women, the proportion rose from 49% to 55%."

Educative material supports the idea that a combination of exercise and healthy diet contributes to positive health and well-being.

This sounds simple yet obesity is on the incline, indicating that this theory is more complex.

My theory is that the key to good health begins with self-responsibility.

Taking care of oneself is a learned behaviour.

When a healthy eating pattern is introduced to the young child, he or she develops knowledge of good food versus bad food.

With practice, this positive habit becomes the norm.

That child then becomes the responsible adult.

Unhealthy habits can be replaced by desirable habits with education, perseverance, dedication and a will to succeed.

Provided we do not rely on others to tell us what to do, prop us up and to spoon-feed us, over time those of us wishing to enhance our life will succeed, by taking that first small step toward self responsibility.

Shirley Cornish Counselling, Relationship Specialist and Health Coach. For more information visit www.shirleycornishcounselling.com.au.

 

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