07 Sep 2012

We can’t all be Olympians but…

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With the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics now drawn to a close, we can reflect on both the success of these amazing sporting events and some of the controversy that surrounded the games beforehand; from the amount of money spent, to the sponsors being purveyors of high calorie junk food and drinks companies (I’m not going to name them here to avoid further advertising!).  Hopefully now that the games are over, we will all feel inspired to leave our sofas and particpate in some sporting activities ourselves. The Lancet  has published studies to show that inactivity is a risk factor comparable to smoking or obesity.  Further studies have shown that cutting down on tv time can increase our life expectancy by 1.4 years, and that restricting the amount of time someone spends sitting down to less than 3 hours per day could increase life expectancy by 2 years. Obviously our sporting heros are highly trained, committed, talented and competitive – but perhaps we could be inspired on some level to do a bit more exercise – not just for the sake of our waistlines but for the prevention of many other diseases and of course that ‘feel good factor’. Happy moving!

 

Hayley Kuter
Paediatric Dietitian
Blossom Consulting Ltd
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