To help people in the Falkland Islands to get fitter and healthier, the local hospital will be running a ‘Falklands Obesity Orientation Day’ on Monday 9 April, it was announced by Gilbert House.
The release points out that obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may affect health, and according to World Health Organization, in 2016:
More than 1.9 billion adults, were overweight and of these over 650 million were obese
Overall, 13% of the world’s adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese.
Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese, including 41 million children under the age of 5.
The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016.
However obesity is preventable and by making healthier food choices and taking part in regular physical activity, obesity and its related diseases can be prevented.
Raised body mass index (BMI) is a major risk factor for certain diseases including: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
BMI is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters (kg/m2). People who are very muscular sometimes have a high BMI without excess fat but for most people it is a simple guide to classify overweight and obesity in adults.
Precisely to help people in the Falkland Islands to get fitter and healthier, KEMH will be running a ‘Falklands Obesity Orientation Day’ on Monday 9 April.
Everyone is invited to attend for Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure (BP) and a blood sugar check-up from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon.
Those who wish to join the nurse led ‘weight management clinic’ at KEMH can book an appointment by calling 28000.