Weight management : Weight management is the process of adopting long-term lifestyle modification to maintain a healthy body weight on the basis of a person's age, sex and height. Methods of weight management include eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity levels.
Effective weight management strategies consider not only weight loss toward but also the maintenance of a healthy body weight over time. Moreover, weight management involves an understanding of meaningful ways to track weight over time and set ideal body weights for different individuals.
Weight management does not include fad diets that promote quick, temporary weight loss. It focuses on the long-term results that are achieved through slow weight loss, followed by retention of an ideal body weight for age, sex and height.
Rising obesity rates are a major concern in North America. About 60% of Canadians are overweight or obese. Obesity is a risk factor for many chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Managing one’s weight is one factor in preventing such chronic diseases.
Physical Activity & Obesity
Physical activity, along with proper nutrition, is beneficial to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. And it is important that everyone gets active: over the last 20 years, there's been a significant increase in obesity in the United States. About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years) are obese.
Physical activity is an important part of your weight management program. Most weight loss occurs because of decreased calorie intake. Sustained physical activity is most helpful in the prevention of weight regain. In addition, exercise has a benefit of reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, beyond that produced by weight reduction alone. Start exercising slowly, and gradually increase the intensity. Trying too hard at first can lead to injury.Make physical activity a regular part of the day
Importance of Physical Activity
Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone! By being active, you will burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day and—it can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. Providing opportunities for children to be active early on puts them on a path to better physical and mental health. It's never too late to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.
By incorporating physical activity into your daily life—30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children—as well as healthy eating, you will experience positive health benefits by regular physical activity and can produce long-term health benefits. It can help: Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke (the three leading health-related causes of death) / Control weight / Make your muscles stronger / Reduce fat / Promote strong bone, muscle, and joint development / Build overall strength and endurance / Improve sleep / Decrease potential of becoming depressed / Increase your energy and self-esteem/ Relieve stress / Increase your chances of living longer.
When you are not physically active, you are more at risk for: High blood pressure / High blood cholesterol / Stroke / Type 2 diabetes / Heart disease / Cancer.
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