Researchers at health charity Nuffield Health examined data taken from more than 30,000 women across the UK and found that 57% of them had unhealthily large waists.
A healthy female should have a waist circumference of no more than 80cm (31.4 inches). The average British women exceeds this maximum by 4.9cm (1.9 inches) and women in the north of England significantly exceed it by 7cm (2.7 inches).
In addition to big waists, 52% of women have a body mass index (BMI) exceeding the healthy limit of 24.9.
16.2% of the women examined were mildly to morbidly obese.
Extensive evidence shows that women who carry too much weight around their midriffs are more likely to develop serious health problems such as diabetes, breast cancer and infertility.
Dr Davina Deniszczyc, professional head of physicians and diagnostics at Nuffield Health, said: “Whilst waist size may seem like a cosmetic issue, this isn’t about women fitting into their skinny jeans. Rather, it’s an important indicator of overall health and well-being, particularly when taken into account with other health measurements.”
As well as having serious medical implications, being overweight or obese can seriously knock a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. With media pressures and social ideologies convincing us that skinny is attractive, having body fat has become a massive taboo. Losing weight is an emotional struggle for many, especially for those who seek some form of comfort from the food they eat. Therefore it is important to view weight-loss holistically by addressing behavioural as well as physical issues.
Hypnotherapy is designed to explore and alter unhealthy behavioural patterns. By identifying the reasons behind overeating, a hypnotherapist will try to unravel those habits and compulsions before overwriting them with new, far healthier ones. A personal trainer will help you get fit and lose weight, but they can’t stop you wanting to slip back into your old habits. A hypnotherapist will aim to pull the problem from the root.
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