Your say: Australia's battle with diabetes and obesity
One of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of Australians has released findings that paint a disturbing picture of the nation's battle with diabetes and obesity.
- The best solution is to cut out advertising, but that'll never happen. Encourage people to use adblockers, avoid commercial TV, and so on. Don't let kids have soft drink except on special occasions, watch movies at home and so on. And if you really want to shake things up, look at what happened in the Netherlands with bike lanes and so on... when i was a kid, we kept fit riding. Nowadays, bikes are banned except on roads.. and here they are banned on roads as well. So no-one rides, unless they can drive to a riding park somehow.
- Cut out sugar, soft drinks, transfats. The low fat, lite etc labels are a con as invariably they are full of sugar, which = fat, diet soft drinks are also a con - the body treats artificial sweeteners as if it they are sugar and caffeine stimulates insulin - my Dr told me this, so if you are at risk of diabetes, caffeine will exacerbate....also there are many hidden sugars - high-fructose corn syrup which has pretty much replaced cane sugar in soft drinks has been shown to contribute to obesity and therefore diabetes and look at for any other 'syrup' type ingredients - even in health foods. People need to be educated about reducing their sugar intake and how to find 'hidden' sugars and not to be fooled by low fat labels - more focus on this I say.
- Life choices and taking responsibility for yourself. Its not hard. Eat a balanced diet (most of the time), exercise regularly, walk, ride, smile, find other ways to feel happy than drinking grog, eat fibre. Do not need to be a fanatic, every little bit helps you. As I said... take some responsibility for yourself... most people spend more time and money on their cars than themselves.
- I worry that fat has become the new normal and anything less is skinny and unattractive - have a look at the US - it is almost 'normal'. I also have a vision that supermarkets only have 'specials' on healthy food - fruit, veg, meat, staples rather than on coke, lollies, chips in an effort to steer people away from junk
- A previous job I had meant I was walking to work daily and climbing several flights of stairs in separate buildings every day. I had to move between buildings and climb those stairs every day, then I stopped working there. I got a new job, but it was far less hours and I never leave the area I work in. I put on 8kg in 2 years and I needed to do something about it, so I took up a program last November and got into the mindset that it was a lifestyle change. A complete change in diet (and we rarely ate out or had takeaway before that) plus an exercise routine saw me lose that 8kg and for the first time in 12 years, finally get off blood pressure medication. The recipes are easy, the food has been awesome. I've gone from 2 sugars in my tea and coffee to no sugar at all. I've cut coffee down to one a day. It's generally 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. And remember these two rules - One: Eat less CRAP (Carbonated drinks; Refined sugars; Artificial sweeteners and colours; processed foods) Eat more FOOD (Fruit & Veggies; Organic lean protein; Omega 3 fatty acids; Drink water) Two: EVERYTHING you need to feed yourself with the proper nutrition you can find in the outside aisles of the supermarkets - fruit and vegies; breads (grains); dairy and meat/fish etc.