Outgoing CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation Michael O’Shea describes the escalating obesity and heart disease rates as a ‘time-bomb’ for our society and our health services. At the moment it is estimated that 24 % of the Irish population are obese and another 37% are overweight which means over two thirds of the Irish population are overweight or obese.
Efforts have been made to reduce these rates over the last few years but O’Shea feels more support is needed from the government to produce any significant outcome. He also fears ‘that society and Government may only take action when we can no longer afford to treat chronic illness resulting from our obesity epidemic’.
Why would YOU wait for your health to become so poor as a consequence of obesity, sometimes to the extent of chronic illness, before deciding it is time to opt for treatment? You don’t have to wait for others to make that change. After all it is your own body and your own health that will be affected by what you chose to eat and how you chose to live your life and it is your choice if this effect is a positive or negative one.
What can you do to avoid or tackle obesity?
Our dietitians can help you to make the change you need in your lifestyle today. We’re confident that we will get you back on the right track to a healthier lifestyle and ensure you to stay there. Treatment with us will help you to adopt simple healthy eating habits and meal plans that will be easy to follow and keep up with. Our dietitians can also offer strategies and advice that will help you to refrain from deviating from your new healthy lifestyle.
Sometimes making a change in your eating habits can feel overwhelming, particularly nowadays when there is an over-abundance of cheap, convenient options readily available. With the nutritional advice and menu plans from our dietitians this work is cut out for you, which means you can prepare healthy, balanced meals yourself without the hassle .
You don’t have to, in fact you shouldn’t wait for the obesity ‘time bomb’ to go off to adapt your lifestyle into a healthier version. Take action now and call our dietitians to get started. We offer a free 15 minute dietary assessment and have a variety of weight loss programmes that you can choose from.