Many of us believe that if we can fit into a very small dress then we have the ideal silhouette; that thin forms always go hand in hand with absolute health. But the truth is that – good news for some of us – curves can be as healthy. In a recently report appeared in a British magazine, health experts have concluded that raising awareness about obesity is not only a way to solve our health problems.
In fact, doctors tell us increasingly more often to give up diets and scales in favor of the motion. It appears that regular exercise is key to our health and not giving up an occasional craving for food.
It‘s time to abandon your diet?
Reportage mentioned above revealed that physical inactivity is, rather than obesity, the ause of a frightening string of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and coronary artery. This happens because the heart is an organ itself and must do exercises.
No matter how thin you are or how healthy you eat, if not regularly train your heart, your health is facing a serious risk. “Research shows that overweight or obese but who are in shape, have a lower mortality rate than those with normal weight but sedentary,” says prof. Steven Blair of the University of South Carolina.
That means we should abandon the diet and instead move to the treadmill? The answer, in short, is: “ better to be in shape than skinny “, said Dr Gavin Sandercock at Essex University, an expert in sport. We are obsessed with our body mass index and what scales are showing.
But weight alone is not nearly as important. Being in shape is what matters, really. Regular exercise fitness cancels the risk of being overweight. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of mortality in the world. In UK they represent one fifth of all deaths.
Thin does not necessarily mean healthy
We must learn that if we are weak and are not necessarily healthy, says a spokeswoman for the British Association for the diets. She says a person can have very thinnest inner layers of fat and a high level of cholesterol in the blood. Maybe it looks like in shape, but is not as healthy as a person with a fuller the ideal silhouette, but does not lose when running after the bus blast.
“No more looking for the perfect body image, “ she continues. “The figures promoted by models and celebrities with impossible bodies they are not a sign of poor health.” Obviously, for optimum health, we should have a normal weight. But not many know that it is better to have some extra pounds, but getting in shape, than to have a normal weight and being sedentary.
Balancing the risks
There is no doubt that obesity is related to poor health. Worldwide there are over one billion overweight adults, more than 800 million people suffer from malnutrition, it said in a report by the WHO. At least 300 million adults are obese. In China, Japan and some African countries, their proportion is small less than 5%, in the United States, 30% of adults are obese – about 60 million people.
In Europe, obesity is at record held by Britain with 23%, compared to Germany, 12%, and Italy, with 8%. A novel in three is overweight and one in four is obese. Childhood obesity tends to take alarming proportions in the European Union, where 14 million children are overweight and their number increases by 400,000 annually.
Obesity increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers. But, somewhat surprisingly, not very healthy or to be at the other extreme of the scale. “Overweight people are 20% more prone to heart disease.” according to Dr. Sandercock. “But for those who are underweight, the risk increases to 60%.”
Nobody told us not to climb on the scale or body we calculate the index, but waist measurement could be useful. Women should have less than 80 cm and men less than 94 cm, experts advise. Once you have rated (or you’ve asked the doctor to do so) the risk of heart disease, fight for a the most active lifestyle and eating as healthy, says prof. Blair. “Even though we all live healthier, all shorter people and people there were tall, thin and fat – are different. You can not appreciate the health of a man only after measuring the body shape and clothes, as you can’t know if it’s a good man, hardworking and a good parent. “
It is never too late to change bad habits. By following a few simple rules, you can reduce heart disease:
Be active. Walk children to school, always climb the stairs and look for lift.
RUN! Take your dog to walk and run, get a friend to jog in the park. It’s easier to run with someone than alone…
Quit fat meat and fat pastries.
Do not smoke!
Do not drink!
Take ANNUAL MEDICAL ANALYSIS (even if you do not mind anything) and go to the doctor for regular checkups.
Check if you‘re in shape
Forget measuring the dress, try our simple tests to verify the physical form. Before them, do some warming exercises.
◆ Step on the second rung of a ladder: first the right, left and get near it, come back on the right foot step, then down and left.
◆ Continue for three minutes and held steady. In the end, sitting at rest three minutes and then take your pulse for one minute, counting each beat.
◆ About 90 beats per minute: you’re in good shape, 115: of a mild form, and over 135: take action!
◆ Sit in a semi-pushup position: with support on hands and knees, arms stretched out in shoulder extension. Lower your hips and hands forward on the ground. Lower your upper body so your elbows form a 90° angle, then return to starting position and repeat as you can.