Being overweight or underweight can have long-term health consequences, so our aim for MHHG patients is to attain and maintain a healthy weight.
Being overweight (and especially obese) is a major public health problem. People who are overweight are at greater risk of early death, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers and self-esteem issues, to name but a few. Obesity is usually caused by a combination of overeating and sedentary lifestyle but can be associated with a number of other causes such as metabolic, endocrine and genetic issues, race, sex, cultural practices and psychological issues.
Being underweight is not necessarily seen in Australia as carrying health risks mainly because of the bombardment of underweight cat-walk models via the media; but this is not the case. People who are underweight are at a higher risk of early death and a range of nutrient deficiencies which can lead to major health problems, including early onset of osteoporosis.
Naturopaths MHHG assist patients to attain and maintain healthy weight through dietary modification, exercise and lifestyle changes, appropriate herbs and nutritional supplements and referring for counselling where appropriate. MHHG naturopaths are also skilled at making recommendations for specific dietary regimens and providing motivation and assistance to adhere to these.