Dear Australia. We should be worried, because it’s getting worse.
As taken from The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011-12 and reported in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Australians are smoking and drinking less but they are still putting on weight, with 63 per cent of the population deemed overweight or obese.’
Yes, that’s 63%, which is almost every 2 out of every 3 individuals. What would the rest of the world think if they knew the sunny-smiling-tan-surfing-Aussies were more overweight than the rest of the globe?
When it comes to our weight, we have to reverse this trend!
AIA Australia is one of our Droptober sponsors, and they have just released a cool report – The 2012 AIA Australia Healthy Living Index Monitor. It is an in-depth survey of over 1,500 Australians conducted by global consumer research company, TNS, into perceptions, actions and satisfaction levels around healthy living. The index reflects respondents’ participation into four key behaviours: eating and drinking, amount of sleep, frequency of exercise and medical check ups.
A little sample of the report’s findings are here:
• 71% would like to lose a little or a lot of weight;
- Only half exercise regularly. Many feel too tired to exercise, admit they are too lazy to exercise regularly or can’t find the time. This makes them feel guilty. A quarter say they feel pressured to lie about how much exercise they do while two-thirds of those feel pressured admit to having done so; and
- 52% of Australians are trying to eat more vegetables and fruits in their diets everyday.
These three points above are worrying simply because of their language: ‘Would like…’ ‘Are trying to…’
What about COMMITMENT! I am committed to losing weight. I am committed to eating more fruit and veggies, and I am committed to exercising because it will make me feel better, look better, and lead a healthier lifestyle!
In Australia (and New Zealand), we simply need to commit. People who commit get it done. They don’t want it, they don’t wish for it, and they don’t wait for it…they take on a challenge, and they commit to it.
One word – commitment. This may sound simple, this may sound easy, but so be it – when the world gets complex, sometimes the answer is an easy one. Commitment is that answer.
Think about it – we all could answer the questions to… ‘What is your commitment to your job…your wife…your kids, your house, your retirement, your dog, and/or your favourite sports team?’
But if 63% of the country is overweight, then I wonder how many people could answer ‘What is your commitment to your health?’ Too many people are trudging ahead as usual, then relying on doctors for the cure, when all they need to do is commit to a healthier lifestyle, which produces a clearer mind and a healthier body.
Ahhhhh apologies for the little rant! But Australia and New Zealand are countries I love, and to see the health of the individuals within it make a move for the worse? It worries me. And my main motivation in getting Droptober going was always to see people do 3 things: Commit, Get Inspired, and make healthy lifestyle changes during one month…that could continue on into November, December, and beyond.
If you are reading this – you’ve committed during Droptober, and I’m damn proud of you. You’ve committed to not becoming a statistic. Now grab your mates, family members, and co-workers, and show them exactly how it’s done. When one commits, it can influence another, and then another…it’s how we reverse the obesity trend and make this world a happier and healthier place!