National Obesity Week
National Obesity Awareness Week
No one wants to be obese, right? We all hear a lot of things about obesity, high or low BMI, muscular mass etc. But what do all of these mean and how important is to be aware of them?
What is obesity?
Obesity is a medical condition that describes when a person is carrying an excessive amount of weight – often body fat – that can cause health complications.
Body mass index is a tool that tells us whether a person is obese or not for their height. If you usually go to the gym you must know that. By BMI, the weight can be scored either as underweight, healthy, overweight, obese or severely obese.
There are numerous health implications of obesity. Obesity and severe obesity can cause or contribute to many health complications and health risks. Afterwards, it can cause even mental health problems such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. Obesity can also cause:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Cancers such as bowel cancer and breast cancer
- Digestive problems
- AND YOU ARE MUCH MORE PRONE TO COVID-19 INFECTION
You choose your own lifestyle
At your age, especially if you are living alone in a student accommodation, YOU are the ONLY one who can take care of your diet, calories you eat and activity.
Unhealthy diet – a diet that's high in calories, lacking in fruits and vegetables, full of fast food, and laden with high-calorie beverages and oversized portions contributes to weight gain. AVOID IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! We are all busy and ‘I don’t have time to care for my health’ is not an excuse.
Liquid calories – people can drink many calories without feeling full, especially calories from alcohol. Other high-calorie beverages, such as sugared soft drinks, can contribute to significant weight gain. REDUCE SUGAR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Inactivity – if you have a sedentary lifestyle, you can easily take in more calories every day than you burn through exercise and routine daily activities. Looking at computer, tablet and phone screens is a sedentary activity, and we all to that especially during lockdown, however, some physical activity helps our brain and body. The number of hours we spend in front of a screen is highly associated with weight gain.
What can I do to prevent obesity?
Whether you're at risk of obesity, currently overweight or at a healthy weight, you can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems. Not surprisingly, the steps to prevent weight gain are the same as the steps to lose weight: daily exercise, a healthy diet, and a long-term commitment to watch what you eat and drink.
You need to get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week to prevent weight gain. Moderately intense physical activities include fast walking and swimming.
Coventry University Sports
At Coventry Sport and Recreation Centre there is a substantial number of group exercise classes as part of our Active Life program. With a range of both instructor-led and virtual classes, there are cardio and toning classes such as Active Pump, HIIT, Cycle, TRX, to dance fitness and flexibility programs such as Zumba and Yoga. Situated in a central location within Coventry University's campus, the Sport and Recreation Centre offers a wide range of activities for all sporting tastes.
Address: Whitefriars Street, Coventry, CV1 2DS.
You can also go for a run in Gosford Green Park or in War Memorial Park. You won’t regret, I promise.
Gosford Green Park: Binley Rd, Coventry, CV3 1HZ
War Memorial Park: Kenilworth Rd, Coventry, CV3 6PT
Follow a healthy-eating plan
- Focus on low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Avoid saturated fat and limit sweets and alcohol.
- Eat three regular meals a day with limited snacking.
You can still enjoy small amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods as an infrequent treat. Just be sure to choose foods that promote a healthy weight and good health most of the time.
Sodexo provides a weekly balanced diet for catered halls. Also, Sodexo provides food for self-isolated students and all the calories are calculated accordingly for each student. If you had a breakfast at The Hub, you can be sure that the meal had the right number of calories for you. Sodexo also launches new dining experience for students at Coventry University. You can have a look: http://www.sodexho.no/inspired-thinking/sodexo-launches-new-dining-exper.html
People who weigh themselves at least once a week are more successful in keeping off excess pounds. Monitoring your weight can tell you whether your efforts are working and can help you detect small weight gains before they become big problems.
Sticking to your healthy-weight plan during the week, on the weekends, and amidst vacation and holidays as much as possible increases your chances of long-term success. Whether you're at risk of obesity, currently overweight or at a healthy weight, you can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems. Not surprisingly, the steps to prevent weight gain are the same as the steps to lose weight: daily exercise, a healthy diet, and a long-term commitment to watch what you eat and drink.
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