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Weight Management For Men

Weight Management For Men

 

Obesity is the excess storage of body fat.  More than 70% of Australian men are overweight or obese.

 

 

Being overweight or obese:

  • Increases your risk of medical conditions such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure and gout,
  • May decrease confidence,
  • May increase tiredness,
  • May increase joint and back pain,
  • May decrease fitness and increase shortness of breath,
  • Decreases testosterone levels decreasing reproductive function, increases problems with the prostrate and increasing impotence.

 

 

Measuring your weight
Weight is usually measured using a tool called the Body Mass Index (BMI). This will give you an idea of your weight compared to your height. However the BMI is not an accurate measurement tool for people with a high level of muscle mass. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 – 25.

 

Weight can also be measured by assessing your waist circumference. Men with a waist measurement of more than 94cm are defined as overweight, whilst those with a measurement of greater than 102cm are obese.

 

To measure your waist:

  • measure directly against the skin,
  • breath out normally,
  • ensure that the tape measure is snug without compressing the skin, and
  • measure at the point of your belly button.

 

Causes
Weight gain is caused by your energy intake being greater than your energy expenditure. Energy is measured in kilojoules (or calories). Common causes for this include:

  • Having a genetic predisposition to putting on weight,
  • Undertaking too little physical activity,
  • Consuming portion sizes which are too large,
  • Consuming too many treat foods,
  • Eating to cope with stress,
  • Taking medications which reduce your metabolic rate, 
  • Spending too much time sitting.

 

 

Losing weight
To lose weight, it is recommended to start by identifying the primary cause (or causes) of your weight gain, and modifying them. Then, you need to ensure that your energy expenditure exceeds your energy intake.

 

Tips for achieving this include:

  • Decreasing alcohol intake,
  • Reducing portion sizes,
  • Reducing intake of sweetened drinks,
  • Reducing intake of take away foods,
  • Spending less recreational time in front of television and computer screens, 
  • Making time for regular physical activity.

 

If you require further assistance to reduce your weight, speak to your local Health Care Professional to discuss additional treatment options.

 

 

Disclaimer
The content displayed on this webpage is intended for informational purposes and is a guide only. It does not replace or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions or taking any action based on the content of this webpage.

 

Sources

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4125.0main+features3330Jan%202013

http://www.measureup.gov.au/internet/abhi/publishing.nsf/Content/factsheet-waist-measurement

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2011/March/obesity-unhealthy-and-unmanly

 

 

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