MSN Life published an article about the overweight and obesity problem in the UK and the rest of the World.
Several top UK weight loss experts have given their views, opinions and advice on the problem that has great impact on our lives, health general wellbeing.
One of the experts interviewed is Robert Houtman – the Managing Director of National Slimming and Cosmetic Clinics.
The Problem raised in the article is the dramatic increase in overweight and obese people in the UK. ‘Recent studies suggest that by 2030, there will be 26 million people in the UK who are obese - a rise of 73% from the current 15 million.’ states MSN Live.
Top UK experts in fighting overweight and obesity problems have shared their opinions and suggested how to solve the problem. The causes of increased rates of overweight people not only in the UK but around the world are to be blamed on the:
Lazy lifestyles - lifestyles in general are becoming more and more sedentary;
Increase of processed foods in our diets: foods many people believe to be healthy make you fatter and hungrier. Examples mentioned: breakfast cereal, spreads, low-fat diet drinks.
Development of technology and it’s increasing integration into our lifestyles: internet, smart phones and social networking stop people from getting off the sofa and going to visit friends or even the post office or a shop.
Carbohydrates which refers back to the processed food problem – processed foods have a much higher content of carbs as well as trans and saturated fats.
Abundance and availability of take away and fast foods – ready available, easy to find, these meals contain two or three times as many calories as the home made versions.
Diet dilemmas: According to Robert Houtman, managing director of National Slimming and Cosmetic Clinics, whilst the majority of overweight people would love to shed a few pounds, the problem is that they simply don't know how to. "Lack of dietary information is a huge problem," says Robert. "Very few diets actually teach you what you should be eating. Instead they focus on the 'fast' weight loss. All these fad diets, counting points or eating only protein or just cabbage soup have no educational value whatsoever. So, as soon as you stop the 'fad' diet you simply go back to your old eating habits."
Lack of movement – using cars and other transport when walking or cycling could be an option saves money and benefits health as well as the waistline.
Stress related overeating - many people use food to change the way they feel and to help themselves to feel better.
The Portion Problem: Portion sizes have increased dramatically. It is very easy to go down this road and get your food portions bigger and bigger making your calorie intake several times over what your body really needs.
More on these problems and expert advice at MSN Life and Style