It will be interesting to find out why some people have weighty issues. Delving into the reasons, it emerges that consuming more calories than what is burnt is the primary reason for being obese. Genetic factors
and other causes
listed below are implicated in aggravating man's 'bulky' problems.
• Diet/Low activity
- Soft drinks and fast food, which top the high -calorie list, are now perceived as a 'quick-fix' to all problems. This, coupled with a sedentary life, is a 'one-way ticket' to ' obese land'.
is a time when women gain weight and some find it difficult to shed the fat after delivery.
• Medical conditions
such as hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome and other metabolic conditions may make an individual obese. Diseases, such as arthritis, can also contribute to weight gain in an individual.
• Giving up smoking
can result in weight gain in some people
like tricyclic antidepressants and corticosteroids, can contribute to weight gain. Seeing Red...
It is a clear sign of danger if -
• A person's BMI is more than 30. Body Mass Index (BMI)
is the weight- height ratio that helps to evaluate a person's health risks. A value greater than 30 indicates obesity and is a cause for alarm.
• A person has an 'apple- shaped'
body. This means that the person has a large waist size indicating increased abdominal fat and a propensity to develop obesity -related disorders. The ideal waist size for women should not be more than 35 inches while for men it should not exceed 40 inches.
• There is a family history of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and sleep apnea. These are clear signs for an individual to keep a constant vigil over his weight. Managing Obesity
The best way to a great start would be to replace any feeling of shame or remorse with a raring- to- go, positive attitude
. This will ensure a smoother stride toward a 'fat-free' goal.
A low-fat, low-sugar diet is a sensible way to kick-start obesity management. It is important not to overdo 'dieting' as it can lead to complications. Obesity management should aim to make a person healthier. Even a small weight loss can bring about an enormous change in the life of an individual.
For the morbidly obese, anti-obesity prescription pills, non- invasive treatments and weight-loss surgeries, like the gastric by-pass
, are the available options.
An excellent choice is to take a leaf from the life-book of the ants and the bees and try to keep oneself largely active. Bringing about a conscious change in one's lifestyle by changing it from a sedentary to a more proactive
one will take an individual in leaps and bounds towards a healthy existence.
Dr. REEJA THARU/K