Our nation has seen an increase in the number of lifestyle diseases over the years; some of which we were unaware of before. We have been accepting them as a norm, even though these unhealthy conditions are brought by the choices we make with our food and the lifestyles we adopt. As an indication, a study conducted by the University of the North West School of Biokinetics recreation and Sports Science in 2015, revealed that nearly two-thirds of the South African population is overweight.
“Obesity is one of the top five risk factors for early death”, says Renny Letswalo Chairperson of Cambridge Weight Plan South Africa. “As we prepare to celebrate healthy lifestyle day on February 19, 2018 South African’s should take stock of whether their lifestyle choices are causing or benefiting their health and the types of improvements we can all make to stay healthy.”
According to StatisticsSA, obesity rates in South Africa are increasing rapidly, with almost 70% of women and 40% of men either overweight or obese. Reports indicate that one in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of 2 and 14 years are overweight or obese while obesity -related diseases such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers account for 43% of deaths in South Africa.
Cambridge Weight Loss Programmes
Cambridge Weight Plan – which provides flexible weight loss programmes for women and men globally – has identified a lack of awareness of how damaging aspects of the South African lifestyle are to the human body and is seeking to correct this with the introduction of the programme in the country.
“As a businesswoman concerned about lifestyle awareness in South Africa, I helped to launch this programme as a safe and credible way to help people manage our weight problems in the country,” says Letswalo.
“Excess body weight has an impact on the population’s quality of life as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and other medical conditions are common side effects of carrying too much weight,” says Letswalo. “We need more positive lifestyle choices, particularly around the food we eat to reverse this and that’s what the Cambridge Weight Plan programme aims to achieve,” adds Letswalo.
But it’s not food choice alone that leads to weight gain or unhappiness – how people relate to food is also a part of the problem.
Relationships with food
Cambridge Weight Plan consultant Daisy Moremi explains the connection. “All relationships in life can have both a positive and negative impact on us, and that includes our relationship with food. When we are in a positive space, we enjoy it, we celebrate with it, it nourishes us, and provides us with energy and an opportunity to socialise. On the other hand, when our relationship with it is negative, that can be an indication of underlying issues such as feelings of low self-worth, depression, loneliness, boredom, or that we feel unfulfilled in life – emotional voids that we attempt to fill with food, whether we’re hungry or not.
If we’re not careful, this can lead to ill health, drastic weight gain, and a life of yo-yo dieting or unhappiness, which can perpetuate the situation and feelings we experience.”
So it’s not just the food we eat that leads to obesity, it’s how we feel about ourselves, too. Therefore, for any weight-loss solution to be truly effective, it needs to be well-rounded and address the underlying emotional issues as well as the food itself.
And that’s why the Cambridge Weight Plan has enjoyed such success: it’s a scientifically-backed eating programme that also provides emotional support. One-to-one emotional support is key on any weight-loss journey, and Cambridge Weight Plan Consultants have found the proof in the pudding.
For more information about the Cambridge Weight Plan or Ambassador Programme, please visit https://www.cambridgeweightplan.co.za for all the details.
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