Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

2016: Time to Make a Swap and Stick to It; Choose Lifestyle Change over Fad Diets

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

2016: Time to Make a Swap and Stick to It; Choose Lifestyle Change over Fad Diets

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Byline: Sophie Lester

THE Dietitians Association of Australia is challenging Australians to give fad diets the flick this February and take part in Australia's Healthy Weight Week.

According to the National Nutrition Survey (2011-2012), more than 2.3 million Australians aged 15 years and over reported they were on a diet to lose weight or for some other health reason.

Dr James Ware at Warwick Hospital and Condamine Medical Centre said he frequently saw patients who were overweight and obese and said adopting healthy eating habits was of great benefit to long-term health.

"Obviously overweight and obesity is increasing in prevalence in Australia," Dr Ware said. "It's the leading cause of diabetes and other preventable illnesses that are responsible for a lot of morbidity and mortality in the population.

"It also impacts on lifestyle because people carrying excess weight can't tolerate as much exercise and do as much work."

Carrying too much weight, especially around your waist, puts you at a higher risk of lifestyle-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. …

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