- On March 1, 2020
AMA (NSW) is supporting the efforts of Federal AMA and other State and Territory AMAs during national Obesity Awareness Week.
“World Obesity Day is this Wednesday, and because overweight and obesity are prevalent in Australia, it is very important to highlight preventative measures.
“As such, each day this week, the AMA will be highlighting specific things you can do to reduce your chances of gaining weight.
“Overweight and obesity can have profound effects on a person’s wellbeing – raising risks for serious and deadly diseases, as well as compounding other health problems.
“Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risks of certain types of cancer, heart disease, type two diabetes, and more.
“The negative effects are not limited to these increased risks; overweight and obesity can be life-limiting – causing decreased mobility due to joint pain, for example.
“Because excess weight is so difficult to lose and keep off, prevention is the much easier path to take.
“I encourage everyone to engage in the activities that make a healthy life work for them,” Dr Lim said.
This week the AMA will be highlighting the following examples:
Monday: Move More
Look at ways to increase both incidental and organised exercise. It could be using a combination of public transport and walking rather than driving, going for a jog, or organising a run with workmates.
Tuesday: Digital Detox
Minimise your screen time as much as possible. Examples include finding alternative, active entertainment instead of watching TV, or ditching social media for a day.
Wednesday: World Obesity Day
There’s plenty of information on ways you can participate at the following website: https://www.worldobesityday.org/
Thursday: Freshen Up
Eat more fresh food – replace snacks with fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts.
Friday: Think Before You Drink
Drink water instead of sugary beverages (that includes fruit juice as well as soft drink).
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