1 / 4 of Australian children (2 – 17 years) and almost 2 / 3 of Australian adults are overweight or obese – and the proportion of obese adults is set to rise (AIHW, 2018)
In 2017, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report that provided a sobering snapshot of obesity in Australia.
The AIHW analysis used historical data to predict that young people are more likely to become obese now than at any other time in history.
Yes, there are individual and community financial costs when obesity leads to chronic health conditions (estimated at $8.6 billion in 2011–12), but there are also personal costs as quality of life is impacted by the complications that come with obesity.
So what can we do?
In another report, the AIHW noted that a loss of just 3 kg’s could significantly reduce the health impact of obesity in Australians.
Three factors influence our ability to maintain a healthy weight:
- Food and Nutrition
- Physical Activity
A Personal Trainer, qualified to support healthy eating with the Australian Government’s Eat for Health program, is able to set up a healthy eating and training plan that takes into account your goals, expectations, activity levels and preferences.
Once your daily eating habits have been established, your trainer can work with you on identifying the influences of your food choices and provide feedback on eating patterns as they align with Australian dietary guidelines. Your trainer can then discuss how to make changes to your eating pattern with you to ensure they closely align with your goals. They can also help you understand how to read and understand food labels so you can make better nutrition choices.
A Personal Trainer can also plan and monitor your training schedule, record your progress, motivate you and keep you accountable.
If you have a group of people to get together, an Advanced Personal Trainer qualified in conducting health promotion activities or a graduate of the Certificate IV in Weight Management (C4WM) can help deliver a range of group educational activities including maintaining a healthy lifestyle, disease prevention strategies and taking a self-care approach.
The C4WM is a qualification held by Weight Loss Consultants, Weight Management Practitioners and Wellness, Health and Nutrition Coaches.
Specialising in weight management, this qualification covers psychology, mindset and behaviour modification strategies as they relate to weight management and applies principles of nutritional science to meal planning. Someone with this qualification can make individual exercise and nutritional recommendations and conduct weight management clinics.
Teaming up with a qualified health and fitness professional has many advantages, not the least of which is their ability to identify if further support and referral is needed from a medical or allied health professional.
More information can be obtained via the following links:
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare information: