This is Obesity Awareness Week. The United Kingdom has the fastest growing obesity problem in the whole of the European Union. In the UK a quarter of adults are clinically obese and in England obesity has grown by almost 400% in the past 25 year.
The more obese you become, the more you are likely to suffer from a range of physical problems:
· High blood pressure
· Heart disease
· Joint pain
· Reduced mobility
· Some forms of cancer
In addition obese people are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem, lack of confidence and low mood.
The obvious remedies for obesity are eating less and exercising more but if you’ve dieted before you know that it can be simple to lose weight but keeping it off is another matter. Often the weight goes back on and a bit more is added which puts you off trying again.
If you want to lose weight in the long term it’s about changing your relationship to food. The first step is to become more aware of what you are eating because it’s easy to eat without even noticing what you are eating. When you eat slowly you give yourself a better chance of hearing the signals from your body that let you know you have had enough.
The next step is to recognise whether you are eating because you are physically hungry or emotionally hungry. Physical hunger comes on slowly but emotional hunger comes on quickly and is not satisfied by food. In fact, if you eat when you are emotionally hungry, you often end up feeling sick.
Hypnotherapy and NLP can help you to change your relationship to food and control your weight in the long term. It can also help you to keep motivate to exercise. So, take the opportunity of Obesity Awareness Week to try a healthy approach to weight loss.