Well, as this is one of my last blogs from London, I thought I would base it on some interesting data just released over here – which ties in with my earlier writings about the power of our mind in our Battle of the Bulge.
Pork pies are a bit of a speciality over here in the UK, and this latest research is about the fact of how many people exist on a diet of porkie pies! So are you a big fat liar??…
A recent survey here in the UK found that women tell over 500 lies per year about what they eat, the biggest “excuse” being ‘it was only a small portion’. But I’m sure most of us have told ourselves similar things things like ‘I just did a half hour on the treadmill, so that makes up for this piece of cake’ or ‘I haven’t had a treat this week’ and so on. But the fact remains that alot of people who are overweight are either oblivious or won’t admit to being fat. The obesity rate here in the UK runs about 24%, however only 6.5% actually identify as being obese – that’s a lot of denial out there.
Part of the problem here is that with more people being overweight, including children, it’s become more the norm, and people comparing themselves to their peers aren’t seeing a difference, so aren’t as inclined to do anything about it. Weight often creeps on slowly you don’t just wake up fat one day it happens slowly over time so is harder to spot. It’s a bit like ageing – the difference though is that we can do a lot more about our weight as opposed to reversing the ageing process!
In another survey, 100% of women understood the meaning of BMI (body mass index), but then almost 50% of them went on to identify an overweight person as being “healthy”, again implying that its perception that might be an issue, again coming down to denial says a well known UK nutritionalist, adding that “if women acknowledge their BMI is unhealthy, then this implies they ought to do something about it – they will make excuses, like I have a slow metabolism, or my bones are big, it runs in the family – women often think they eat more healthily and drink less than they actually do”
It is also important to note however that there is not one size that is right for everyone, we ARE all different and certainly don’t all need to be all size 8.
A good example I think is that of Adele, the famous (and fabulous, I might say) British singer. The was a bit of controversy here in London this week with Karl Lagerfeld saying that Adele was ‘a little too fat’. Her fans came out en mass to defend her, with Adele herself saying “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the covers on magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m proud of that”. Karl later apologised! You have to be happy within your own body, and Adele clearly is, plus she looks great – don’t look at the magazine covers and think you HAVE to look like that, you don’t. However, you DO need to look at your body and be aware of changes. Try to be honest with yourself and not make the usual excuses about your weight. You need to be happy AND healthy within your own body. If you know you are overweight but don’t think it’s a problem you are leaving yourself open to the fact that it may well get worse as you get older and lead potentially to the the illnesses I have talked about before like, heart disease, high blood pressure, stoke, diabetes, even cancer.
The figures here show that the average women weighs 70kg – with this weight you would need to be a height of 5ft 5in or taller – however the average height is only 5ft 3in, so if two thirds of the country are overweight or obese, the ‘average’ is not a good measure of what is healthy.
So what to do? Well, don’t lie to yourself for a start, ultimately this will not help you get to where you need to be. If you have not yet started on your fitness / health regime, but are wanting to – look at my last blog, get yourself tested and measured to see where you stand and start to make goals from there. Just small to begin with and build them up.
But being honest with yourself is the best place to start.