National Childhood Obesity Week is here! We want to raise awareness of the dangers of being above a healthy weight during childhood.
‘Overweight’, ‘obesity’ and ‘obese’ are medical terms which describe the damaging effects on a person’s health of having too much fat on their body.
However, these words can also be used in a negative or insulting way.
We know that many overweight or obese people suffer for many years because of other people’s negative attitudes. For example, some are bullied at school or hear negative comments from health professionals.
Negative attitudes towards overweight or obese people are not acceptable or helpful.
Obesity is a serious medical condition and needs to be talked about openly, honestly and sensitively. Negative attitudes make it harder to combat the obesity epidemic. At MEND, we know it is possible to talk honestly and sensitively about weight and we train others to do so.
Our programmes and services also help people to look after their bodies by teaching them how it works, and giving them the tools they need to reach a healthier weight. We support them while they learn to use these tools. This helps them get fitter, healthier and happier – whatever their weight.
The number of people who are above a healthy weight (overweight or obese) across the world is rising every single year. MEND wants to help to reverse that trend.
MEND work hard to help as many members of the public hear about what they do and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
The reasons why people become overweight are complex. Changes in society, the way food is produced and the way we spend our time have made it very easy to gain more weight than is good for our health.
People often don’t realise that they are eating unhealthily. There is a lot of confusing information about what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t. Therefore it is not surprising that many people simply don’t eat healthily.
How MEND can help
MEND empowers children and adults to choose healthier foods and increase the time they spend being active to help them manage their weight and lead fitter, healthier and happier lives.
The eatwell plate is a policy tool that defines the Government’s recommendations on healthy diets. It makes healthy eating easier to understand by giving a visual representation of the types and proportions of foods needed for a healthy and well balanced diet.
The eatwell plate is based on the five food groups:
? Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods
? Fruit and vegetables
? Milk and dairy foods
? Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
? Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar
The eatwell plate encourages the choice of different foods from the first four groups every day, to help ensure the population obtains a wide range of nutrients needed to remain healthy.
Choosing a variety of foods from within each group will add to the range of nutrients consumed. Foods in the fifth group – foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar are not essential to a healthy diet.
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