Change the journey never the goal
Are you concerned about your weight? The chart below will help you understand what category you might be in.
Use this chart to calculate the health risks associated with your own body shape. It is suitable for both men and women and children over 5 years.
The size of your waist circumference is a good indicator of your over all health risk. Why is this?
Excess fat that is found deep down in the region of the stomach gives someone a large waist circumference and an apple shape, This is often associated with risk factors for serious conditions such as heart disease, raised blood pressure and diabetes.
Excess fat that is found under the skin, around the bottom, hips and thighs is usually accompanied by a smaller waist circumference and a pear shape. This is generally accepted as being less harmful to the health.
Matching your height to your smallest waist circumference, where does your shape fall in the chart?
- If your shape is in the brown ‘chilli’ region, you should take care, you will not need to reduce your waistline.
- If your shape is in the green ‘pear’ region, you have a healthy OK shape
- If your shape falls in the yellow ‘pineapple’ region (particularly the upper end), you should consider action (adults over 18yrs) or take action (children over 5 years). Make certain that you don’t increase your waistline any more.
- If your shape falls in the red ‘apple’ region, your health is probably at risk. You need to take action.
You should keep your waist circumference to less than half your height.
Are you constantly struggling with your weight, assured by the media that the latest diet fashion will be the answer to your specific weight problem? Are you fed up with being on diets which in the long run don’t work because you lose a few pounds but then put more on. Sound familiar? It’s soul destroying and affects everything you do and think in life. Firstly let’s throw away the word diet and concentrate on the right sort of food to eat. Let’s look at lifestyle, relationships, work place, family life and support but most of all let’s look at you.
The principles of a good weight management service:
- Comprehensive – addressing all issues including barriers to change
- Becoming and staying motivated
- Positive and enjoyable
- Focus on skills acquisition, not a quick fix or something owned by the therapist
- Maintenance of weight change should be an integral concern
In order to do this a comprehensive programme will
- Foster correct attitudes in a variety of domains which promote health behaviours
- Target and change automatic thoughts
- Change lifestyle (control the environment)
- Optimise nutritional status
- Provide realistic goals
- Encourage activity
- Empower motivation and commitment
- Enable the best support systems