The facts about obesity
- Physical inactivity, despite a person’s Body Mass Index, is a risk factor for over 25 chronic diseases including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- The average person spends greater than half their waking hours in sedentary behaviours, primarily sitting
- The Australian adult obesity rate is the 5th highest among OECD countries
- The prevalence of obesity has increased significantly over the last two decades
- Nearly half of all Australian adults are overweight or obese
- Approximately one quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese
How can we stay safe?
Research has shown that participation in light intensity activities resulted in reduced blood sugar levels and a decreased waist circumference. Those people who interrupted their sitting time more frequently had a better health profile.
Here are some simple ideas:
- Stand up whilst on the telephone or watching TV
- Use a telephone headset at the office to keep moving
- Take regular short breaks during seated meetings eg. half hourly
- Hold walking meetings where appropriate
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults (Department of Health)
Step 1 – Think of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience
Any form of movement of the body can be seen as an opportunity for improving health, not as a time-wasting inconvenience.
Step 2- Be active every day in as many ways as you can
Make a habit of walking or cycling instead of using the car, or do things yourself instead of using labour-saving machines.
Step 3 – Put together at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days
You can accumulate your 30 minutes (or more) throughout the day by combining a few shorter sessions of activity of around 10 to 15 minutes each.
Step 4 – If you can, also enjoy some regular, vigorous activity for extra health and fitness
This step does not replace Steps 1-3. Rather it adds an extra level for those who are able, and wish, to achieve greater health and fitness benefits.