Yes we are getting bigger! As most of us know, many health professionals believe there is an ‘epidemic’ of overweightness in Australia and New Zealand and indeed in most developed countries. The body weight of the average Australian has been increasing, and around 20–25% of Australian children are either overweight or obese; so it’s little wonder that so many of us are looking for fast-track methods to reduce body fat. We need to be cautious about going too far in the opposite direction. Becoming overly concerned with slimness can also lead to well-documented health problems. With reasonable certainty, we understand that society’s current weight issues are due to an interaction of one or more of the following:
1. Biological factors of weight gain
2. Environmental factors of weight gain
3. Behavioural issues of weight gain
Most likely, it is a mix of all of the above that has lead to our increased weight. Read the whole fact sheet on overweightness.
We all have a role to play in community health, the only question is how do we play this role? Through intelligent, evidence-based inquiry we can understand how to health coach to support others in taking on positive behaviour change.