Effects of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight on Health
Nutrition, the intake of food and beverages, is a key determinant of health. Nutrition requirements are influenced by factors such as age, sex, height, weight, physical activity levels and disease status. Well balanced, adequate nutrition contributes to growth and development in infants and children and contributes to good health in adulthood. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity
The health impact of eating a healthy diet and being physically active cannot be understated. Together a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help individuals:
Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
Reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer
Strengthen muscles, bones and joints
Improve mood and energy level
Upper most among the benefits of a healthy diet and physical activity is a reduction in the major risk factor of today’s society – the risk of obesity. Obesity is a leading contributor to many of society’s most serious health conditions and chronic disease.
If you are one of many with the New Year’s resolution to lose weight then it is our advice to you to obtain the assistance of a nutrition professional. It is important to consult with someone who is credentialed with the Dietitians Association of Australia. Dieticians provide expert nutrition advice for people of all ages and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, food allergies, cancers, gastro-intestinal diseases, overweight and obesity.
Your GP can develop a care plan and team care arrangement to aid you in reducing the cost of visiting a dietician.
Further information can be obtained from Nutrition Australia and the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing.