Obesity the biggest threat to women’s health

There has been a lot mentioned in the media today of the report from England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, which has warned that obesity is the biggest threat to women’s health. She claims that it is also putting the health of future generations at jeopardy and needs to be tackled now.

Her annual report this year has focused on women and claims that tackling obesity should be a national priority, if we are to avert a growing health catastrophe. Of course, there are many illnesses that are themselves responsible for more deaths in women (and men, actually) than being overweight, and we could argue that being overweight or obese doesn’t necessarily mean that we will become ill because of it. However, there is little dispute that being excessively overweight causes all sorts of added health issues, including high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, and muscular/skeletal problems to name but a few. So what can we do about this?

In my past, I’ve had many years of trying (and not succeeding) to keep my weight in check, so I know who difficult it can be. What I also know is that I was able to change the habit of a lifetime of yo-yo dieting by sorting out my issues around food, and why I kept turning to it in times of boredom, or when I felt bad. I worked with a fellow cognitive hypnotherapist to sort out my relationship with food, so that I can still enjoy eating, but no longer turn to it, as if it’s a magic bullet that could fix all my problems. It couldn’t, and I ended up feeling worse about myself for having eaten things that clearly weren’t good for me. So I know from personal experience, and from the many clients that I have helped over the years to sort their eating patterns out, and thereby lose weight, that cognitive hypnotherapy could make a big difference.

If you would like to discuss how I might be able to help you to be able to get a better relationship with food, do get in touch. We can have a chat, with no obligation, to find out if I can help you.

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