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Nutrition and Hydration Week – Are you a healthy weight?

shutterstock_100828183To celebrate Nutrition and Hydration week 2017, Our Registered Dietitian Ruth Smith, offers her advice in the last of this five part series published every day during Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017.

Our in-house Dietitian and Nutrition and Hydration Week ambassador, Ruth Smith, offers her advice on achieving a healthy weight  in the last of this five part series.

Are you a healthy weight?

Did you know……

  • That maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type two diabetes, stroke, some cancers, arthritis and back problems.
  • To calculate whether or not you are a healthy weight you should calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • BMI = your weight in kg ÷ your height in metres²

Example:     70kg ÷  1.8m² = 21.6 kg/m²

  • Then find out what your BMI means:

<20 kg/m²  =  Underweight

20-25 kg/m² = Healthy weight

25-30 kg/m² = Overweight

>30 kg/m² = Very overweight

  • Where you store body fat also affects your risk of certain conditions.  Central body fat (apple shaped) puts you at a higher risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes than peripheral body fat (pear shaped).
  • Therefore losing inches instead of pounds is just as important.
  • If you are overweight or apple shaped, the key to losing weight or inches is to eat a balanced diet and take regular exercise.
  • Remember small changes can make a big difference!

For further information please see

http://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/Want2LoseWeight.pdf

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eight-tips-healthy-eating.aspx

Disclaimer:

This information is provided to promote healthy eating in the workplace for healthy individuals.  It is not intended for the use of anyone who is pregnant or has a medical condition.

 

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