It’s widely known Australia’s wildlife can be dangerous, but there is an even bigger killer in most households that many of us are unaware of its devastating impact.

That killer is the couch.

Australia has become accustomed to sitting down – at work, on the couch, in the car – and it’s taking a major toll on the health of individuals and our economy.  Australia’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle is part of the complex and widespread problem of obesity and other related health diseases, which contribute to the death of more than 7200 people each year .  The APA’s ‘Australia’s Biggest Killers’ campaign aims to get Australians off the couch – and get moving and embrace healthy, active lifestyles.

Obesity in Australia – what’s the impact?
Obesity prevalence has more than doubled over the past 20 years, with the condition assuming the mantle of the biggest threat to our nation’s public health.  Obesity and overweight is the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia.
Fourteen million Australians are currently overweight or obese. The Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute has found that if weight gain continues at current levels, by 2025, close to 80 per cent of all Australian adults and a third of all children will be overweight or obese.
The Monash Obesity and Diabetes Institute also found that obesity has overtaken smoking as the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia, and has become the single biggest threat to public health in Australia.  Currently, Australia spends between $1 billion to $4 billion annually in treating overweight and obesity-related disease. Australia’s sedentary culture is part of the complex and widespread problem of obesity and other related health diseases.

How a physio can help?
Physiotherapists frequently design exercise programs for people from all walks of life to maintain active lifestyles. For individuals who are obese or overweight, a physio can identify and prescribe programs most suited to their medical condition, and coordinate comprehensive obesity management programs. They can help develop a program of exercise to increase your physical activity safely and effectively, and help identify necessary and achievable changes in your lifestyle.
Physiotherapists also prescribe, lead and implement therapeutic exercise and education classes for groups and individuals who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiorespiratory, vascular and musculoskeletal conditions.

If you are struggling with obesity or weight related issues call the team at Mid North Coast Physio and you can take advantage of our FREE Pre-assessment to look at the problems and work out a thorough plan to combat the issues NOW.  Call us on 1300 27 37 47 to make an appointment at one of our clinics in Woolgoolga, Moonee Beach, Coffs Harbour or Urunga.  Why wait – get your FREE appointment now.

To read the full information from the APA campaign to beat obesity go to http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/Advocacy/Campaigns/Australia_s_Biggest_Killer.aspx

To request a FREE pre-assessment appointment simply call us or go to http://nbphysio.com.au/physio-service/free-injury-pre-assessment/

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