Encouraging Physical Activity

More than half of Austalian people don’t meet the guidelines for exercise.

Physical inactivity is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes, Hypertension, some cancers, obesity and osteoporosis, falls and poor mental health.

For overweight people, physical activity can improve metabolic and cardiovascular health irrespective of weight loss.

One in two Australians are overweight. A 5-10% reduction in weight can result in a 35% reduction in metabolic risk.

Preprepared low energy meals. Meal replacements. Duromine, some SSRI’s have weight loss effects- prescription medicines are useful but shouldn’t be considered as monotherapy. Surgery- works, but only in combination, Xenical can work.

 Lifestyle Medicine

“Lifestyle Medicine bridges the gap between health promotion and clinical practice with a multidisciplinary, whole system approach to the chronic disease problem.

Another way to conceptualise Lifestyle Medicine is the intersection of medicine, healthcare and health policy with behavioural, social, environmental, socioeconomic, political and other factors impacting on health and wellbeing.

It has been defined as, “The application of environmental, behavioural, medical and motivational principles to the management (including self care and self-management) of lifestyle-related health problems in a clinical and/or public health setting” (Egger, Binns and Rossner, 2013).

In practical terms, Lifestyle Medicine involves a range of health professionals, researchers and educators working together to prevent, manage and treat conditions that result from physical inactivity, poor diet or nutrition, smoking, alcohol overconsumption, chronic stress, anxiety, poor or inadequate sleep, social isolation, and loss of meaning and purpose, amongst other factors.”