One thing that you all need to know, and that I am sure is a reason that many
of you are here is that although not all illnesses are preventable, it is a fact
that a large proporton of deaths, partcularly those from coronary heart disease
and lung cancer, can be avoided. In additon many chronic diseases can also be
avoided. Both of these things can be achieved by having a healthy lifestyle. Can
there be anything more important?
To those of you going through illness right now, you have my sympathies. I
know how hard a tme like this can be. I do hope you are getng great support from others. I know I have a lot of doctors to thank for part of my recovery but,
and this is a big but, much of my recovery wasn’t me relying exclusively on the
care I was getng from the highly trained health professionals and doctors but
it was down to me making big changes in my lifestyle.
You owe it to yourself to create a lifestyle
that is going to best support you and
ultmately help you recuperate. A healthy
lifestyle can help bring about dramatc
improvements as well as ensuring things
don’t get worse.
To those of you who have no health worries in the slightest, do everything you
can to ensure things stay as they are and your best way of preventng problems
in the future is by having a healthy lifestyle today.
Every one of you has your own motvatons for wantng to start building your
own healthy lifestyle. I’m sure we all want to live a long, happy and healthy life
where we are always full of energy and vitality, free from disease and illness.
There are plenty more reasons why having a healthy lifestyle is a good idea.
A healthy lifestyle has an incredible number of benefts, for example:
• Reduces the incidence and impact of health pro
• Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diab
• Reducton in probability of virtually all diseases
• Increase the length of one’s life
• Improve joint stability and fexibility
• Increase overall strength and stamina
• Maintain bone density
• Prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures
• Improve sense of wellness and mood
• Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
• Improve self-esteem
• Improved self-confdence
• Improve sharpness and clarity of mind
• Improve memory in elderly people
• Reduce stress
• IMPROVES OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Let me back this up with a few statstcs, just to ensure you truly understand the
importance of having a healthy lifestyle.
The NHS (Natonal Health Service – UK) annually spends more than:
• £5 billion on obesity-related conditons
• £2.7 billion on alcohol-related conditons
Both of which are the result of lifestyle choices impactng on an individual’s
In a report discussing these statstcs it was said:
“As a measure to improve the health of the nation, and the resources
and sustainability of the nhs, it would be advantageous to explore
ways in which an individual’s lifestyle choices could be changed to
promote health and prevent lifestyle related diseases burdening the
Source: 2013 Scottish Universities Medical Journal
The Health Survey for England 2011 found:
• Obesity has increased substantally over the period of 1993 to 2011
from 13% to 24% in men and 16% to 26% in women.
• 23% of adults are obese with a BMI of over 30 and 61% are overweight or
obese with a BMI greater than 25.
• 33% of 10- 11 year olds and 23% of 4-5 year olds also have a BMI greater
• In 2010, obesity was responsible for 11,173 episodes of treatment in
hospitals equatng to 25,322 bed days with a mean stay in hospital of 3.7
• If current trends in obesity remain, the estmated annual cost to the NHS
in 2015 for diseases related to being overweight and obesity amount to
£15 billion with obesity alone predicted to demand £9 billion.
• Doctor-diagnosed diabetes increased in men from 2.9% in 1993 to 7% in
2011, and 1.9% to 4.9% in women over the same tme period.
• It is estmated there are 2.8 million people with diabetes and it is predicted
to increase to 4 million by 2025.
• The rise in obesity is predicted to correlate with a rise in diabetes
prevalence of 6-8.5 million and 5.7-7.3 million cases of stroke and heart disease.
It drew the conclusion that:
“more needs to be done to change the attitudes and behaviours of
individuals to lifestyle choices in order to promote health and prevent
disease, consequently easing the strain on nhs services and resources
that is currently imposed upon them.”
Compelling evidence for the importance of a healthy lifestyle!
Now let me share some good news. An overweight person by achieving a proper
weight level can:
• Cut their risk of heart disease by up to 25%,
• Reduce their risk of a heart atack by 29%,
• Reduce their risk of diabetes by up to 64%,
• Reduce their risk of having high cholesterol by 33%,
• Reduce their risk of dying from any cause by 16%,
• Reduce their risk of asthma by 30%,
• Reduce their risk of stomach cancer by 10%,
• Reduce their risk of gallstones by 60%,
• Cut their risk of osteoarthrits by 12%,
• Reduce their risk of oesophageal cancer by 55%,
• Cut their risk of having high blood pressure by 44%.
So what do all these stats and fgures really mean? In a nutshell we are living
life today without a thought for the future. Too many unhealthy conveniences
are taking precedence over good healthy choices. Afer all it takes less tme to
phone for a takeaway than stand and cook a healthy meal right? Unfortunately
our mindset is one that will happily choose convenience and more tme over
health and wellbeing.
If you don’t want to become a statstc then surely you only have one choice – to
now start implementng a healthy lifestyle.