Am I Overweight, Obese or Delusional?

The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled between 1980 and 2008.

Since 2008, it has increased even further… 

Australia… 63% of Australians aged 18 and over are overweight or obese
England…  Over 62% of adults are overweight and more than two-thirds of men and almost six in 10 women are overweight or obese.
New Zealand…  32% of NZ’ers aged 15yrs and over are obese with 50% of Māori adults being obese and 69% of Pacific adults are obese.
Canada… 29% of Canadians aged 18 and over are obese and more than 41% more are overweight.
America… Nearly 75% of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight.

Where do you stand? Think you’re fine? Then you won’t mind testing that will you? Because with those ‘percentages’ it’s highly likely that you’re either ‘Overweight’ or ‘Obese’ or EVEN WORSE ‘Delusional’.

Delusional dɪˈluːʒ(ə)n(ə)l – adjective: Characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument — based on or having faulty judgement; mistaken.

So, let’s not be mistaken shall we?? Or hold onto a belief that is really not serving you.

And DON’T ask a friend, “Do you think I am overweight? Obese?”… Why, because friends don’t want to hurt your feelings. I don’t want to hurt your feelings either. I just want you to know the FACTS and then move to finding a SOLUTION.

Let’s Get Started…

There are 2 things I need you to do…
1. Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index)
2. Find out what your Waist Circumference is.

Calculating BMI…

BMI… is a standard used to measure body fat based on your weight in relation to your height however it does NOT measure the exact percentage of body fat. It is most suitable for those over 20yrs of age.  It does have its limitations though, as it doesn’t distinguish fat from muscle, so body builders can have a high BMI but actually have very little body fat. Also in certain ethnic groups it does not give a true indication. Of course if you are pregnant it certainly won’t apply.

You can use the Metric or Imperial System BUT first you need to properly measure your height and weigh yourself — on the day you’re doing it — not weeks or months before. Don’t go by how tall you THINK you are, measure your height again as it changes as you get older. And weighing yourself?? Do it right – on the day with no clothes on. This way you’ll get an accurate measurement.

Metric BMI Formula = Weight (kg) / Height (cm)2
Imperial BMI Formula = (Weight (lbs.) * 703) / Height (inches)2

or even simpler, open this THIS electronic version and just enter your details to get the figure

Drum-roll…  Now… for your results

Under 18.5 Underweight
18.5–24.9 Healthy weight range
25.0–29.9 Overweight
30.0–34.9 Obesity I
35.0–39.9 Obesity II
40.0 (and above) Obesity III

Overweight? Obese? Were you Delusional?

Now it doesn’t stop there because BMI is just ONE measure of body fat. The other is waist circumference as it gives an indication of your central fat deposits (visceral fat around your organs) which indicated your likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes or other weight-related disease. 

Measuring your Waist Circumference

Seems like a no-brainer but so many get it wrong. Here’s how to measure correctly… 

  1. Make sure the measuring tape is level with your belly button and all the way around your body.
  2. Make sure it’s not twisted and don’t pull it tight. 
  3. Don’t cheat and hold your breath. In fact, take 3 deep breaths and then measure after the last breathe, right after you exhale. 
  4. Record the measurement

Time to Put The Two Together… This is where you see clearly what your risks are 

Results?… Have you been delusional? Perhaps you’ve been measuring yourself against others? Sized up with clothing over the years but thought it was a normal part of aging? Let me categorically tell you… ‘It’s NOT a part of aging’

Time to get real… and shrink your waistline and drop that weight…

What you can do…

  1. Admit it’s just PLAIN unhealthy to be overweight or obese. 
  2. Own it – it’s what YOU did, it didn’t happen to you.
  3. Commit to making a change.

Simple Actionable Steps you can start today…

  1. Make ALL your snacks whole fruit with a handful of nuts. 
  2. Stop drinking soft drinks or juices – drink plain water.
  3. Eat fibre rich foods
  4. Reduce your intake of animal products (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy etc)
  5. Brisk walking 30-mins a day

If you want MORE than that, let’s chat…

Head to my ABOUT PAGE read the info… book an Assessment call and let’s get you sorted once and for all. I have helped 100’s to not only reach an optimal healthy weight but STAY that way.

Would love to hear from you. Nat xx

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