Updated: Feb 23
As a certified health and fitness professional, the way in which health and fitness is promoted and marketed on platforms like #instragram really concerns me. Frankly I am alarmed by the number of 30-day or 90-day challenges, the fad diets, the $2 nutrition plans and the pop culture advice, which ultimately leads you down a path to some online subscription or service.
Even though healthy living has become increasingly popular, over the past two decades, isn’t it counter intuitive that obesity and chronic diseases are also on the rise? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “in 2016, 39% of adults aged 18 years and over (39% of men and 40% of women) were overweight. Overall, about 13% of the world's adult population (11% of men and 15% of women) were obese in 2016. The WHO says the worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. In short, 52% of the world’ population is overweight and obese and people are desperately looking for solutions. The primary concern that I have is that many of these people are possibly suffering with Metabolic Syndrome (MS). Online quick fixes will not help people with MS. On the contrary a one-size-fit-all approach could be harmful to a person’s health, put a person a greater risk, and possibly set them up for long term failure. So what is Metabolic Syndrome? Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.