One in Four People in Coventry Suffer from Obesity

The obesity rates of the British population, specifically within the West Midlands, are one of the highest in Europe. This disease has serious consequences for health, since it increases the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks, kidney or digestive diseases, as well as diabetes.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this disease is suffered by 23.6% of the British population. However, this figure is increased in Coventry, where 28% of citizens are obese, that is, one in four Coventrians suffers from obesity. In addition, one of the data that worries most experts is the high rate of obesity among children and young people, as it can lead to future health problems. About 21% suffer from this disease, according to the Child Health Profile report conducted by Public Health England in 2016.

It is also necessary to distinguish between overweight or obesity. The body mass index (IBM) is a mathematical operation that relates weight and height. According to the IBM, obesity is considered from a result of 30, while figures between 25 and 30 correspond to overweight people. A healthy weight would be equivalent to a result between 18 and 25, while a figure below could be too thin.

However, Dr. Rafik Dehni disagrees with the use of IBM. “It may be indicative at times, but it must be applied to people over 18 years of age. In addition, we must distinguish between whether the patient is a man or a woman, because of the levels of fat and its distribution change between them. ”

One the one hand, Dehni suggests that more methods be used since IBM “does not contemplate the patient’s complexion or the weight of their bone or muscle mass.” According to Dehni, the most beneficial for health is to maintain a “weight in accordance with height, as well as eating a balanced diet, playing sports and running away from substances such as alcohol or tobacco.”

On the other hand, the nutritionist Leo Cerrud warns of the dangers of making the known “miracle diets”. This type of diet consists of a radical change of diet and they are focused to be performed during a rather short period of time. “These diets vary a lot, they tend to be fads, and many of them put the health of patients at risk. Some of them consist of only swallowing smoothies or juices for weeks or only eating meat which severely damages the organs and favours malnutrition. ” In addition, Cerrud ensures that this type of diet does not help to lose weight. “During the first two weeks you can lose weight, but mostly it is fluid that is later replenished. If even then it is possible to reduce the weight, the so-called “rebound effect” is produced, which is nothing more than the recovery of the previous weight when all the foods are reintroduced. ”

The nutritionist has also explained what should be the keys to lose weight in a healthy way. “I agree with Dr. Denhi: the most important thing is to consume a balanced and varied diet, with quantities that are in accordance with the characteristics of each person and perform physical activities, as well as rest. It is very important to break with bad eating habits to create new routines. ”

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