Waistine too big? Get swapping!

What happens when you put on a shirt or jeans which fitted you like a glove last year but now the buttons on your shirt are busting and you can’t do up your trousers?

Hey! It’s simple. You buy a bigger shirt and trousers and the problem is solved.

No it ain’t.

There is good evidence that an increase in your waist size increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart and blood vessel disease as well as cancer of the bowel and the prostate.

It’s got to do with the ‘survival genes’ which let your ancestors store a little extra belly fat when food was scarce because of war and famine.

That fat gave us the energy to survive but times have certainly changed.

Now that there’s so much food about and we have become couch potatoes, those survival genes are working against us.

The unexpected extra weight we put on causes insulin from our pancreas, which allows glucose to get into cells, to be exhausted.

Glucose builds up in the blood instead of getting into cells to become fuel. Outside the cell, glucose becomes a villain.

It upsets the even flow of our vital metabolism, destroys blood vessels and the resulting high insulin encourages cancer cells to grow.

Sounds crook? It is, but it’s all preventable. And that’s why the Australian Government has launched a new ‘Bloke’s Guide to Swapping’ which is part of its ongoing ‘Swap it, Don’t Stop it’ campaign, aiming to help improve the health and waistlines of the nation.

If you have a good look at your lifestyle and understand what’s happening to your body, you are in control to change things.

You can turn your life around by becoming a swapper and making some simple everyday changes to your diet and activity levels to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

OK blokes, if your belly is ballooning you could be in big trouble.

The fact is the bigger your belly, the bigger your chance of developing a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

There are two types of fat in our bodies that can result in health problems.  Subcutaneous fat is the one right below our skin, also known as ‘love handles’.  The other type is intra-abdominal fat. This is the fat that coats our organs and causes the most concern.


The good news is that you can reduce your waistline without drastic lifestyle changes.  Become a swapper and swap big for small; often for sometimes; sitting for moving; and watching for playing.

Lots of small swaps in your everyday life – at work, at home and when you’re out and about – will add up and make a big difference to your waistline.

So if your pants are a little tight or you’ve had to let the belt out a notch or two lately, it’s time to take action.

To read more and to download the new Bloke’s Guide to Swapping, visit: http://swapit.gov.au/

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