Christmas is a time of indulgence. Over-indulging at Christmas time can cause people to pack on additional pounds, increasing the risk of weight-related health issues.
Overweight and obesity have become the major health problems. More than a quarter of children are overweight or obese. Excess weight is a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, some cancers.
Professor Brian Owler, President of Australian Medical Association (AMA) said "At this time of year, it is all too easy to put on some weight. With tables full of food like roast meats and vegetables, bread, gravy, dips, and decadent desserts like pudding, pavlova and cheese cake, the temptation can be to keep on eating."
The AMA suggests few simple steps people could take to avoid excessive weight gain, including:
a) High calorie cream can be substituted with low-fat diary
b) Drink plenty of water to help space out alcoholic drinks
c) Instead of consuming chips with dip, opt for vegetable sticks
d) Replace the post-Christmas lunchtime nap with a walk or a gentle game
e) Give gifts that promote healthy eating and exercise.