You would be forgiven not knowing Australia has an obesity problem, given the area we live in. But through all the açai bowls, soy lattes and vegan delicacies, there is a real problem. It is said that our obesity epidemic is so dire that is undermining expert attempt to reduce cardiovascular disease. With cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death worldwide, the issue has to be addressed.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) concur that ‘most patients fail to implement and sustain the appropriate lifestyle changes long term’. This poses an interesting question about education surrounding food. Is there sufficient education that is being ignored or is there a lack of education and people are blindly eating a harmful diet?

’75% of women and 83% of men who live in industrialised countries such as Australia and the USA, will be obese by 2025. Statistics indicate that 60-70% of hypertension diagnoses may be directly attributable to obesity’.

UWA research also highlights that high blood pressure is directly correlated with obesity and with one-third of Australia’s population having high blood pressure – most of which don’t know about it – it is a very concerning issue that can often be forgotten in the Northern Rivers.

It seems that the key to stopping this epidemic doesn’t lie in medicine or statistics but in small, actionable goals to gradually increase your wellbeing. Just like setting a new years resolution. Whether that is eating smaller portions for a week or going for a 20-minute walk 3 days a week.

Supplements vs.Balanced Diet

Supplements can often be misused in replacing a balanced diet when really they should supplement one. Further research from UWA shows that supplements and medicine are less effective on people who are obese. However, supplements are a great way to start the journey towards good health. For those who are currently not eating well and therefore not getting the nutrients they need, supplements are an easy way to make sure you receive all required nutrients.

Actionable steps

1. Go see your doctor to test your blood pressure and health levels

2. Aim to exercise at least once a week

3. Eat a balanced diet and avoid all processed food at least 3 days a week

4. Get advice about how supplements can help you on your journey

5. Seek a wide range of advice from other professionals