SIMPLE HEALTH STEPS, NOT SURGERY
I READ with interest the article about the obesity issue in our state ( Sunday Tasmanian, May 27). Unfortunately, obesity is a problem due to affluence and poor education/instruction as well as the ease of obtaining ‘junk’ food.
The solution to obesity is not more lap bands, but encouraging healthy eating as Dr Fehre from Launceston elaborated.
Most people have access to shops that supply fresh food, but either due to convenience or ignorance tend to eat food that is high in carbohydrates, transfats and low in low GI veges/ starch combinations.
Rather then clog up the hospital streams, these people need to be shown how to prepare tasty meals from healthy ingredients (A high GI diet is diabetogenic, while low GI or high fibre diets slow the digestive process, are gutprotective and helps slow or prevent glucose spikes and insulin issues).
Also, people should be shown how walking even 1km a day will help strengthen and build muscle, and develop a mindset of self-help, rather then rely on the medical profession to solve all ills.