Since we all know that diets don't work, we need to get ourselves out of our diet mentality and be more relaxed around food, writes registered dietician Kim Hoffmann.
The overweight and obesity problem across the world is a major concern. The South African statistics are dismal – according to the Medical Research Council's Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle report, the overall prevalence of overweight and obesity in South Africa is "high", with more than 29% of men and 56% of women classified as overweight or obese.
This is despite a large level of body dissatisfaction leading to repeated attempts to lose weight, numerous programmes aimed at patient education, and the private weight loss industry. Most individuals who attempt to lose weight are unable to keep their weight off over the long term, and do not get the benefits of improved morbidity and morality.
Studies have also shown that most health indicators (for example blood pressure, blood lipids, insulin sensitivity) can be improved through changing health behaviours (for example by increasing aerobic exercise), regardless of whether weight is lost.