Posted November 17, 2019 09:13:47You don’t have to be overweight to have health problems, but if you are, you should be aware of the food that’s safe to eat and how to prepare it properly.
A new report by Australian nutritionist and blogger Michael Smith, MD, PhD, from Melbourne’s Griffith University, suggests that people with the highest body mass index (BMI) are likely to be the most at risk for the spread of diseases.
“We know that obesity is the most common preventable cause of mortality worldwide and it is estimated that at least 5 million people die annually because of the obesity-related diseases,” Dr Smith told ABC News Breakfast.
“For many of us, it’s been about a year since we’ve seen the first signs of a heart attack or stroke and our bodies are still recovering from those,” he said.
“People are more than likely to have developed diabetes, obesity, and other related conditions, and this is a real health threat that we need to address.”
Dr Smith said that people who were overweight were likely to also be at increased risk for a range of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
“If we don’t do something about obesity, then the risk is likely to increase and this could be the beginning of the end for people in a healthy weight range,” he added.
“This report highlights the importance of making sure that people are being served the food they need.”
Dr David Denton, chief executive of the Australian Society of Nutrition, said that the recommendations from Dr Smith’s study were “incredibly encouraging” and the body was best served by having a healthy diet.
“These are the guidelines that will help reduce the risk of chronic disease,” he told ABC Radio National.
“In particular, these recommendations are very helpful for people who are overweight and obese, but are also at high risk of many of the chronic diseases we see in people of all weight ranges.”
Dr Denton said that if people were being served a diet that contained a healthy mix of foods, it would be beneficial for them to follow the recommendations.
“There’s no point in trying to go overboard, but a healthy balance of healthy and nutritious foods will help to ensure that you don’t overeat,” he explained.
Dr Smith’s research has also been backed up by Dr David Jenkins, MD and Professor of Medicine at Griffith University.
“The findings of Dr Smith and Dr Jenkins are extremely encouraging, and the Australian Obesity Surveillance Network (AOSN) is calling for the implementation of a National Diet and Nutrition Survey to monitor the health of the general Australian population,” Dr Jenkins said.
Dr Dennett also said that it was important for the general public to understand that it is important to be eating a balanced diet and not just eating too much or too little.
“You can’t eat too much, or too much too little, but you need to make sure that you’re eating enough of each and every meal and you need a balance between food intake and food energy intake,” he noted.
“It’s important to eat enough, but it’s also important to make some room for the extra calories you’re getting from food, so if you’re looking for a diet to lose weight, the right one for you and your lifestyle is the one that will be healthy for you.”
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