In this article we look at the state of nutrition in Bristol.
A 2012 study showed that just under 60% of Bristolians were overweight. In some parts of Bristol such as Filwood, Avonmouth, Southmead and others between 30-40% of Bristolians were overweight, putting Bristol’s overweight population, 15% above the national average.
Obesity is a slippery slope and there can be many contributing factors. A sedentary lifestyle, an unbalanced diet and stress are all major contributors to the rising obesity in the U.K. and around the world. In Bristol alone, obesity is prevalent and growing.
The desire to lose weight is a common one. And with statistics like these, it’s not a surprise. Most people in Britain are on a diet most of the time, according to multiple sources. If you’re like most people, you want to lose weight, but you don’t know where to start.
The problem with diets
Because losing weight is such a common goal, our daily lives have become saturated with weight loss products, adverts for a healthier lifestyle left, right and centre. These diets can often include what feels like food deprivation and starvation and foods that are uninteresting.
The trouble with this is that everyone’s body is different and everyone’s life and lifestyle is different. What we do each day, the demands on us and our bodies day-to-day are all different. And, while it’s true that there are certain “ideals” when it comes to how to lose weight, the right way to do it is different for everybody.
It’s often said that great bodies are made in the kitchen. That’s true, according to Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic. Dr. Talbott says that weight loss is ‘generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise.’
If you’re overweight, your diet needs to be looked at first and foremost. You will also want to consider exercise and levels of stress. These can be considered the three pillars of weight loss.
You’ve likely heard it said that to lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit. While there may be some truth to this what can be overlooked are the specific needs of our bodies.
Does “thin” mean healthy?
While it is generally true that less food eaten and more exercise done mean more weight loss, it’s not the case that thin means healthy. Getting the right nutrients for your body is key. The right nutrients are fundamental to your well-being and to your health.
The effects of Allergies and Intolerance
In recent years, we’ve become more conscious of allergies and intolerance to food. People are more conscious than ever about what they are putting into their bodies. Go back ten years and you might hear mention of nut allergies and other major, life-threatening allergies. However today you are also likely to hear about lactose intolerance, gluten, yeast, sugar and wheat.
So, what’s happening to the nutrition in Bristol? has the population of Bristol suddenly become more sensitive to food? Or are we simply more aware of the affect that food is having on our bodies today? It seems to be the case that, while the number of genuine food allergies remains in the single digits, the number of cases of food intolerance are higher than ever.
65% of food-related hospitalisations are now related to hypersensitivity to foods and it’s clear that it’s time for us to get clear on what the right food is for each of us as individuals and for us to start living a life that is geared towards our health and well-being. The right food and right nutrition is part of that.
How do you find the right nutrition for you?
Bristol might have obesity in abundance, but it’s got quality nutritionists to match. Bristol has nutritionists trained, experienced and ready to help you make the right choices for your body and your life. They can help you find the right diet for you and refer you to books, websites and other resources that can make your plate interesting and exciting, but at the same time healthy… for you.
If you’re tired of feeling tired, fed up of feeling uncomfortable in your body and clothes and ready for health and well-being, find a nutritionist in Bristol now.