The Consequences Of Stutrition And Obesity In Australia

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According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, approximately sixty-five percent of Australians are overweight or obese. Over nutrition and obesity are becoming an epidemic in Australia, triggering many, otherwise preventable, diseases and other health issues, as well as shortening the lifespan of this generation. This disease affects and is affected by diet, lifestyle and nutrition, and implicates every aspect of life.

Obesity and over nutrition have large, and sometimes fatal, consequences on the human physiology, lifestyle, diet and nutrition intake. The excess weight an obese person carries can cause a wide range of diseases and other health issues, including the well-known issues such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease,
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However, an excess in the blood can raise a person’s triglyceride (a type of unhealthy fat) levels and lower their levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol). These can contribute to a higher risk of heart-diseases, such as atherosclerosis, where cholesterol accumulates in artery walls and subsequently narrows the arteries, coronary disease, heart-attack or angina (Marie. J 2015, pg. 1). Another obvious cause of obesity is obtaining too much body fat, which, according to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, can lead to type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, gallstones, infertility, joint pain and increases risk of developing particular cancers (Peete. C 2014, pg. 1). One misguided belief about a healthy diet is that you can’t eat too much protein. However, an excess can cause weight gain, leaching of minerals in bones and, as your body must remove more nitrogen waste, the kidneys are under a lot of strain, which can result in chronic dehydration (Dr. Mercola 2014). Obesity and overweight heighten risk of psychological problems, including negative self-image, discrimination and societal isolation. Overweight also complicates daily life, making …show more content…
Though these are solutions, they aren’t the most constructive, because, if anything, they nurture the growing obesity crisis, by providing a solution, not a method of prevention. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap band) describes the surgical procedure of closing the exit from the stomach to the duodenum and attaches part of the small intestine to the stomach, which allows some food to bypass the organs that would extract the energy and nutrients from it. This is only suggested for morbidly obese people, for whom lifestyle changes prove insufficient to combat their increased weight (The Centre for Bariatric Surgery 2015, pg. 2). Fad diets are more dangerous in some ways, as they often remove main food groups, which are necessary for normal physiological function. Side effects of fad diets include dehydration, fatigue, nausea, headaches and constipation, as the body is not absorbing the nutrients it needs daily. Significant lifestyle aspects, such as diet, exercise and sleep, need to be altered for real, long-lasting effects, and prevention of severe obesity (The Centre for Bariatric Surgery 2015, pg. 2). Good For Kids Good For Life states that people, particularly children are susceptible to the influence of the environment, and the current environment is ‘obesity promoting’, also, obesity prevention is a better option for

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