June 12- 18 is Men’s Health Week and this year the spotlight is on abdominal obesity also known as belly fat.
Research shows that men are more likely to be overweight with 68% of men now overweight or obese, with this they are more likely to face health problems such as diabetes because they are overweight. They are also less likely to get support to tackle their weight problems from health professionals.
The Men’s Health Forum is raising awareness this week and challenging men to consider whether they have a Hazardous Waist.
A Hazardous waist is defined as being over 37inches (94cm) and puts an individual at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Move more – Eat well – Watch the booze
Read more online at the Men’s Health Forum website
Men in Sheds
Research has shown that involvement in a Men’s Shed has a range of health benefits for those involved. The Shed environment has been proven to be a conduit to changes in health related behaviour amongst men. A paper written for the UK Mens Shed Association by Dr. Snorri Bjorn Rafnsson, UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health entitled “Social engagement, health and wellbeing of older men” identifies a surprising number of ways that community involvement has health benefits for men ranging from reduced impact of a disability, improved dental health, reduced use of medications, lower levels of depression, reduced emotional distress and delayed onset of dementia.