March 1, 2005
With the growing incidence of overweight and obesity, weight has become a top concern for many Canadians. Many people are struggling to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. In York Region, recent figures show that 55% of men and 36% of women are overweight or obese. A healthy weight is associated with a lower risk for diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers.
While dieting is a popular remedy, studies have shown that diets are not effective for long-term health and weight control. A fixation on weight reduction and an ideal body shape makes people vulnerable to yo-yo dieting, weight cycling and restrictive eating plans. Instead, research is pointing to permanent lifestyle changes and healthy habits as one of the more effective methods for long-term weight management and better overall health.
For example, one study found that eating breakfast consistently and participating in regular physical activity were common characteristics of people who had successfully maintained a significant weight loss for over a year.
Here are some helpful tips to Go the Healthy Way:
The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month reflects the positive, personal, feel good approach to healthy living. “We want people to understand that healthy living is a life-long journey, says Candice Einstoss, Public Health Nutritionist and with any journey, it takes time. There will be many triumphs and challenges along the way but the end-result will be a healthy and happier you! It’s also important to remember that it’s not only the end result that matters but how you get there.”
Visit the Dietitians of Canada web site at www.dietitians.ca to obtain information such as Nutrition Month fact sheets, take the Go the
For current nutrition and other related health information, speak to a Registered Dietitian at York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca.
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