Healthy Weight Awareness Month

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( ENSPIRE Health & Wellness ) Healthy Weight Awareness Month Promotes Good Lifestyle Habits for a Healthier Body

ENSPIRE Contributor: Naomi Stamps

January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month. As we’re all aware, January is a popular time for people to dedicate themselves to losing stubborn weight. While there’s nothing wrong with starting the year fresh, some people struggle with being consistent. Besides this, this goal is often enforced for special occasions only (i.e., weddings, class reunions, vacations, etc.). Once the event has passed, it’s back to lounging on the couch while eating potato chips. The Healthy Weight Awareness campaign seeks to educate the public on the risks linked to obesity and share tips on healthy habits. 

The origins of Healthy Weight Awareness Month are unclear, but did you know there’s a healthy weight week awareness too? NationalDay.com states that National Healthy Weight Week first started in 1994 and is recognized during the third week of January. It’s important for us to care for ourselves regularly in order to lower the risks of health-related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and much more. 

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The World Health Organization reports that at least 2.8 million people die from obesity. This issue not only affects adults but many young children today. WHO also mentions that 39 million children under the age of five were overweight or obese. These are very alarming numbers but not surprising. In the United States, many people become victims due to lack of education, an abundance of fast-food options, and environments. Besides this, children are very observant. If they don’t see others practicing healthy habits, there’s a high chance they’ll mimic these actions. It’s important to introduce healthy habits into our lives to prevent issues later in life. You might feel good now, but it won’t last if bad habits still exist. 

Healthy Weight Awareness Month isn’t about achieving a certain number on a scale or being skinny. One’s definition of “healthy weight” will differ for each person. Our bodies are made to move. Make it a habit to dedicate a few minutes every day (or a few times a week) to physical activity, monitor what you’re eating, and lower your stress levels. Believe it or not, stress is also an element that causes weight gain. While this awareness is only in January, it doesn’t have to stop here. Examine this all year round and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Your body will thank you in the long run. 

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