The reasons behind weight gain can be complex. Physical, environmental and behavioural factors can all disrupt your body’s normal state and contribute to changes in your energy balance.
Over the past 30 years, the rates of obesity in Australia have significantly increased so much that in 2015 63.4% of adults were classified as overweight (BMI >25 kg/m2).
Unfortunately, this not just our adult population with one in four children classified as overweight – with serious negative implications for future health.
There are many health implications from increased weight, particularly in combination with low activity and poor food choices.
Most people are aware that excess weight increases our risk of chronic conditions including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, joint problems, asthma and some types of cancer. Being obese also reduces your life expectancy by up to 10 years.
Often people embark on a weight loss journey based on an aesthetic, or physical goal (e.g. to ‘look’ smaller).
However, it’s important to remember that even modest amounts of weight loss have positive impacts on your health. If you have high cholesterol, blood pressure or high blood glucose levels, losing just 5-10% of your body weight is enough to have a measurable improvement.
Weight loss is also associated with improved mental health, including lower rates of depression and improved self-esteem.
Developing a structured plan with the help of a team of qualified health professionals will support you to start losing excess kilograms in a safe and healthy way.
To see where you currently sit on the BMI scale, and the health benefits you could achieve from losing weight you can use the BMI & excess weight calculator by the LifeShape Clinic.
About Dr Geoff Holt
Dr Geoff Holt is the founding partner of Heart Care Partners and of Wesley Health Pty Ltd. He completed his FRACP in Queensland before undertaking four years of cardiology training in the USA.
Up until 2000, he practised as an interventional cardiologist and since that time his focus has been non-invasive testing and medical risk assessment. Dr Holt is now the Medical Director of the cardiology division of Genesis Care, a group of cardiology and cancer practices whose focus is sustainable care excellence.
Geoff has had a lifelong passion for preventative health which underpins his role as Medical Director for Wesley Health and the LifeShape Clinics, and he has “walked the talk” for many years successfully completing in Triathlon and Ironman events in Australia and across the globe.
MBBS, FRACP, FCSANZ
About the LifeShape Clinic
Over 15 years, the LifeShape Clinic (formerly Wesley LifeShape Clinic) has helped more than 10,000 Australians achieve healthier, happier lives through their award winning weight management programs. The LifeShape program enables the lifestyle and health benefits gained from losing weight, improving your health and gaining a positive mindset.
The clinic’s team of specialist medical professionals support each client by creating a personalised weight loss plan to reach a healthy weight, improve nutrition, exercise and mindset – helping to find balance and break the dieting cycle.
Find out how the clinic can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.