Bariatric surgery is a big procedure physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically.   Sometimes we are solely focused on the end result and then face the challenge of the recovery and long-term behaviour changes required to reach the desired end result. Bariatric procedures include Gastric Sleeves, Gastric Balloon, Gastric Bypass and Lap-Band surgeries. All procedures will bring different side effects in the short term which may include, but not limited to, nausea, vomiting, burping, post-operative pain, discomfort and dizziness. This is something to speak to your surgeon and GP about if you are concerned or if it is prolonged. Sufficient nutrition and hydration is imperative...

What is overweight, obesity and how are these measured? Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health (The World Health Organisation). Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple way of determining whether you are overweight or obese. Its defined as the person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his/her height in meters. WHO defines overweight and obesity as follows: Overweight is a BMI greater than or equal to 25. Obesity is a BMI greater than or equal to 30. HOWEVER, to calculate childhood obesity, BMI is age and sex specific and is often referred to as BMI-for-age. Click...

With over half Australian adults and a quarter of Australian children reported as being overweight or living with obesity, the importance of understanding how to exercise appropriately is becoming more and more relevant.   It is well documented that exercise is vital for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), osteoarthritis (OA) and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). We’ve all been told we need to eat well and exercise to live healthier, longer lives but where do we start? Commencing an exercise program for the first...

Statistics show obesity levels to have more than doubled in the last twenty years, with more than 1.9 billion people over the age of 18 considered overweight, with 600 million of these obese. This has placed a significant strain on our already growing burden of disease and stretched healthcare system. Over recent years society has grown in many ways, shapes and forms. While in a number of ways this has been beneficial, it has also resulted in many of us sitting not only longer, but also more frequently throughout the day. Add to this the shift towards a more highly processed...