Weight management is an urgent need of the day for us. The danger cannot be overstated.

 

Obesity is recognized as a chronic medical condition characterized by an excess of body fat. It is also a relapsing disease: people who lose weight are at risk of gaining weight again if they go back to their old behaviors.

Obesity is a complex disorder, involving regulation of appetite as well as metabolism, which are controlled by multiple factors.  It’s not simple “calories in-calories out”: a lot of factors play a role, including multiple hormones, and environmental and developmental factors. Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and cancer are some of the serious diseases associated with obesity. The degree of risk is majorly determined by the distribution of fat, with central obesity being more significant. This is what puts us Indians at greater risk: Indians tend to gain weight around the waist while our arms and legs remain thin. 

In recent years, obesity has reached epidemic proportions due to sedentary lifestyle and consumption of high-calorie content food, especially fast food. Globally, more than 1.9 billion adults are overweight and 650 million are obese. In India, abdominal obesity is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Prevalence rate of obesity in India varies from 12%-31%; with a prevalence of up to 46% in Punjab.

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Weight Matters - Pt. 3

 

There is another way by which fat can affect our health: the physical stress due to the excess weight on different body parts. Obesity can lead to the following medical conditions:

· osteoarthritis

· back pain

· obstructive sleep apnea ...

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Weight Matters - Pt. 2

 

“Diabesity” is the latest epidemic on the block. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the current prevalence of diabetes in India is 8.8%, roughly nine out of every 100 Indians have diabetes (approximately 117 million Indians). India also harbors the second-highest number of people with diabetes, second only to China and followed by the USA.

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Weight Matters - Pt. 1

 

Some time back, I found myself in one of those big malls, for a little shopping. It was a Saturday evening, and the mall was bustling with people who had come out to dine and shop. As I walked down the corridors, I observed the people around me chatting with friends and family, eating ice-cream, popcorn, and all sorts of snacks.

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