Overweight and obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disease in Australia. Carrying extra weight dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
For Lucy, turning 50 – the same age as her mother was when she had her first heart attack – was a big wake-up call.
“I was the heaviest I’d ever been. Most of my clothes were too tight – my jeans were going to burst at the seams. But the real wake-up call was that my mother had her first heart attack when she was my age,” Lucy said.
As a mother of three, Lucy knew something had to change. So she signed up for the free LiveLighter Meal and Activity Planner.
“Thanks to LiveLighter and fierce determination, I lost 6 kilos over three months. This put me back in the healthy weight range (and saw me reclaim my wardrobe),” she said.
LiveLighter is a public health education campaign which encourages Victorians to lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink, and being more active.
Campaign Manager and Dietitian Alison McAleese said the most effective way to achieve a healthy weight is to focus on small, sustainable changes.
“When it comes to long-lasting, healthy weight loss, slow and steady really does win the race. The free LiveLighter Meal and Activity Planner is a great way to achieve a healthy weight because it helps you make small, easy changes. Things such as eating smaller portions and including more vegetables and fruit in your diet can add up to make a big difference to your health,” Ms McAleese said.