Put simply the biggest and most important asset in your life is your health. One way to improve your health and quality of life is to look after your weight, eat a variety of balanced meals and exercise.
People who are overweight or have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems-
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
- Low quality of life
- Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders4,5
- Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning
Being overweight or obese is not just an individual problem. It affects a business’s ability to operative efficiently. Safe Work Australia has identified
4 key areas of concern in relation to overweight and obese employees in the workplace.
- Increased workplace absenteeism, lower productivity and work limitations
- Increased injury severity, duration and medical costs
- Increased injury and illness incidence
- Increased manual handling injuries in the health industry
Investing in your employees’ health will have a direct impact on your business health.
Dr Raymol Pallath from Castle Hill Medical Centre advises us that obesity is a leading cause of morbidity in first world countries. This figure has doubled
since 2007. Close to 60% of the Australian adult population is obese.
The 3 most important benefits of a healthy diet are:
Our brain and body need high-quality fuel to be able to function at full potential. By consuming a healthy diet, the essential requirements are provided, which ensure you have a high level of energy. Allowing you to focus better at work and physically healthier to partake in activities with family and friends.
Healthy diet directly influences the brain, including the mood adjusting hemisphere. Healthy habits have the ability to decrease cortisol levels, (cortisol is known as the stress hormone), reducing the risk of depression.
Eating healthy helps to prevent certain medical complications such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. When you combine healthy eating with sports, you reduce the risk of conditions such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer or arthritis.
There is no better time to look after your brain and body then NOW.
If you need help making changes to a healthier lifestyle then Castle Hill Medical Centre’s Health, Exercise and Lifestyle Program (HELP) is for you.
Contact them now on 02 9634 5000 or visit the website for further information.