Obesity is a public health
hazard. The pandemic that until now seemed to have been more of a concern in
the Western world, has reared its ugly head in India as well. According to the
WHO projections, at least one third of the world's population is overweight and
one-fifth of the world's people are obese. In India too, the numbers are high
enough to cause concern. November 26th
of every year is thus
observed as Anti-Obesity
India and other countries to create mass awareness against this disease.
of 25 is
considered overweight and a BMI of 30 or more is obese
overweight or obese puts you at risk for many health disorders. Metabolic syndrome
that encompasses cardiovascular disease
diabetes is a widespread phenomenon in India and the world. Recent reports from
the WHO reveal that nearly 70 percent of diabetic people are also obese or
may not be
just a product of unhealthy lifestyle practices in all cases, as was thought
before. Scientists are no longer ready to
believe that '
obesity is simply the result of lazy lifestyle
choices or overeating' in all cases, but may have some other underlying cause
Dr Peter Attia, a medical doctor
and President and co-Founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI) has
stated his experience, 'Despite exercising
or 4 hours every single day and following the food pyramid to the letter I
gained a lot of weight and developed something called metabolic syndrome. I had
become insulin resistant,' he said.
resistance is not the only malady of obesity. Obesity is the precursor to a
host of other diseases including heart disease, high cholesterol
levels leading to heart attacks, cancers, infertility, back pain, skin infections,
ulcers and gallstones among others. So, reducing weight does have its benefits.
In addition, the payoff for shedding the excess flab is fitness of the body as
well as the mind.
To reiterate the ways to prevent
Eat healthy. Eat a balanced diet
in proteins, vegetables and fruits
And don't forget the fiber that keeps you feeling full so you won't feel
hungry. Be well hydrated.
Move more. Stay physically
active. Exercise regularly. Even a 40-minute brisk walk 4 to 5 times a week can
serve the purpose.
• Stress less
and stress are partners in disease. Stress makes you go for comfort food in
most cases. This is because stress leads to increased levels of hormone
cortisol in the body, which in turn stimulates the reward center of the brain
that is gratified with highly palatable foods. And because comfort foods are
mainly calorie dense processed foods, long stretches of stress can lead to
weight gain quickly leading to overweight or obesity.
If you are on the verge of
obesity or you are already overweight, it's still not too late. Include a
weight loss program followed by a weight maintenance program. Reduce calorie
eat healthy. Strictly follow the diet and exercise regimens. Seek medical care.
Make those small changes to your lifestyle and live