7.1 Food Intake
7.2 Daily Exercise/Activity
7.3 Total Daily Expenditure
7.4 Weight Statistics
This report contains data and findings in relation to my lifestyle habits, food intake and exercise regime. Throughout the report, information relating to dietary (kJ) intake, exercise (kJ) expenditures, healthy eating and health concerns for the youth of Australia will be discussed. Also provided within the report are discussion and findings around my profile (discussing the data in depth). While also providing recommendations as to how I can either maintain the lifestyle I live now or slightly improve my lifestyle choices to create a perfectly healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Over the past twenty years, Australia has slowly become one of the most obese countries in the world. Studies have stated, “The prevalence of obesity in Australia has more than doubled in the past 20 years” (Monash University Website, 2011). In Australia, more than 17 million people are either overweight or obese with more than 4 million actually being classed as obese (Monash University Website, 2011). This is a staggering amount seeing as though there are only just over 21 million people in Australia. Experts have said that if weight gain continues at the current levels, by 2020, 80% of all Australian adults and one third of children will be either overweight or obese (Monash University Website, 2011). . It has been shown that obesity has now overtaken smoking as the main cause of premature death and illness in Australia. The main problem area for overweight and obese humans is during the teenage years as shown in Appendix 7.4. The current number of overweight and obese teens goes hand in hand with the rising amount of technology and all of the new crazes such as Call of Duty, Runescape, Wii and all social networking sites. A large majority of teens are choosing to spend their time indoors either playing videogames, texting and on the internet instead of having time outside and getting some exercise. Exercise is only one component to health as there are many aspects to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the absence of disease or infirmity. This is why it is so important to have a balanced diet to help with all aspects of health. It is with this in mind that I will now continue within this report to further investigate the surrounding issues of this weight epidemic and specifically linking it back to my own profile.
The purpose of this report is to analyse my kilojoule input and also the expenditure over a 24 hour period to determine what type of lifestyle I live and whether I have to make changes to my diet or activity to better suit my body type. This data will also be compared back to the averages for a 15-year-old female. A diary of kilojoule intake and also expenditure (24 hours) were taken down in order to analyse all concepts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. From these results, my intake and expenditure could also be compared to the current norm of a 15 year old teen. We will also look at all the essential nutrients and exercise activities that are vital to teens in order for them to lead and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Then after analysing my results of input and expenditure, recommendations will be provided for improvement to maintain and/or increase a healthy lifestyle.
As mentioned above, the current weight epidemic in Australia is dramatically increasing to the point where our nation is the “fattest country” in the world. The...
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