RIYADH: Unhealthy eating and fitness habits are on the rise among Saudi youth, raising concerns about maintaining a healthy weight.
24-year-old Salam Farid Azam’s weight loss milestone is a motivator for many who want to reach their weight goals.
Azam’s priority is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He lost his 25 kg with a balanced habit cultivated through his educational experience in human nutrition and behavioral sciences.
Now he’s on a mission to help others bridge the undermining cycle of bad habits.
Azam created his consultation platform, Sehha W Salam, two months ago.
“Sehha W Salam is a platform that seeks to improve the health of society as a whole through personalized consultations tailored to members of society,” Azam told Arab News.
“Consultants will try to enhance the behavior and nutrition of those who come. They will try to understand the problems people are suffering from,” he said.
A qualified consultant prepares a detailed case study of the client’s issue. A combination of nutritional meal plans, exercise, and behavioral counseling is then applied. Prices vary depending on the complexity of your case.
“I am a registered associate dietitian with the British Nutrition Association. We may recruit more qualified individuals who have qualifications in both behavioral sciences and nutrition,” he said.
“The most convenient way to contact me is Instagram @sehhawsalam. Consultations can be held virtually via a video conferencing platform or by visiting each other.”
After high school, Azam started traveling in the UK. He was overweight during his adolescence, which prompted him to study his nutrition.
“I was overweight at about 13, so I thought I would study nutrition. I thought, ‘I’m not me and I need to make a decision,'” he said.
“I was at home all the time, playing PlayStation and video games. My colleagues and members of the football team (at the time) told me that I should play as a goalkeeper, but it is usually given to people with a bad impression of running. I felt ripped off,” he explained.
Before broadening her passion for nutrition in college, website surfing and an Instagram account containing nutritional information were Azam’s first source of awareness for weight loss.
“I chose Kingston University. I had a BA in Human Nutrition and was one of the top students at the university,” he said.
Azam holds a Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree from Durham, one of the UK’s leading universities.
“We learned a lot about the behavioral side of psychology. Selection architecture is the concept of looking at whether an item is at eye level,” he said. “Repositioning these unhealthy foods influences people’s choices. When they see it, they crave these foods.”
Losing weight was initially difficult for Azam, especially without surgical intervention. Focusing on quality food, avoiding fast food, and exercising has turned his life around for the better.
“I couldn’t explain how comfortable I felt after losing the weight. I started socializing with anticipation. I became so confident in myself. I started participating, leading them, and taking positions of trust.Nutrition helps people perform their best,” said Azam.
Generosity is a key element of Saudi culture, and Azam believes generosity and gratitude shouldn’t always be associated with food. Gratitude can be expressed in many ways. Food for him is not necessarily for pleasure, but primarily for survival.
“Saudi society is generous and we associate that with food. “It’s not healthy,” he said.
“Today’s doll-like body standards are dangerous,” he added.
Azam said he attaches great importance to the Hadith, which is translated as follows: A few small pieces to keep your back upright are enough. If you must, you should reserve one-third for food, one-third for water, and one-third for breathing. ”
He greatly appreciates the Kingdom’s efforts to look after the health of the people of Saudi Arabia.
“I am really happy to help my country. Saudi Arabia is doing a really great job right now, especially in the health sector. We look forward to improving our community and take pride in doing so,” he said.
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