Anti-Obesity day is observed on 26th November to highlight how Obesity is a public health hazard. Obesity in India Has Grown Two-Folds in the Last 10 Years as reported by NDTV.

  • As per the latest report of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4), the number of obese or overweight people has doubled in the last 10 years in India.
  •  India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China

These statistics on Obesity are surely alarming and surely a cause for concern. Especially since our country has a very large young population. If these trends continue, it won’t be a surprise when we will also observe an increasing trend in many other diseases as well.

This Anti-obesity day our group of women bloggers has got together to spread awareness of this serious issue with some suggestions and preventative measures. Thanks Minakshi for introducing me. You can catch Minakshi’s post –  Tips to prevent childhood obesity here

What is Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.(Wikipedia).

An important measurement that we must watch is our Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is measured by dividing the person’s weight by the square of his height.

BMI = Weight (kg)/ height*height(mts)

People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI) is over 30 kg/m2,with the range 25–30 kg/m2 defined as overweight.

Obesity and physical health

Our body functions normally at its ideal weight. Any extra weight is definitely going to add stain to various organs and cause an adverse impact. Dr. Mercola has charted 20 different diseases and conditions directly attributed to being overweight. Listing some of these common occurring ones at a glance

  • Diabetes, a disorder where the pancreas is not producing enough or sometimes not any insulin
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which cysts develop in your ovaries. These can burst, causing even further problems.
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease happens when stomach acid and juices flow from your stomach back up into your esophagus. It is common in overweight people.
  • Erectile dysfunction is the inability to develop or maintain an erection, caused by a medical problem due to obesity.
  • Urinary incontinence is the inability to control urination often due to obesity, weak bladder, and pelvic floor muscles
  • Cellulitis is a spreading infection, involving both the dermis and subcutaneous skin tissues, resulting from poor lymph flow caused by obesity.
  • Stroke where the cause is a lack of blood supply to your brain.
  • Congestive heart failure is a condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood to your body’s other organs
  • Enlarged heart is another heart condition where the muscle of your heart becomes larger due to being overworked, which naturally happens if you are overweight.
  • Pulmonary embolism is a sometimes fatal blockage of an artery. Being overweight causes most people to reduce activity, and after time, lack of activity can result in an embolism

Obesity and mental health

Along with impacting physical health, obesity also impacts mental health. One of the most common impacts is Low self-esteem which could eventually lead to Depression. This low esteem could make the person feel miserable constantly, even to the point of being suicidal.

Evidence from the SOS study indicates that clinically significant depression is three to four times higher in severely obese individuals than in similar non-obese individuals.

Another commonly occurring problems that come with obesity is eating disorders. Eating disorders could be

  • Anorexia or starving yourself
  • Bulimia which is excessive eating, and then ridding yourself of the food by vomiting, abusing laxatives or diuretics
  • Binge eating where one eats much more than a normal person does without having any control

Obesity also affects sleep and memory too

Thus it is important to keep a track of your BMI on a regular basis. Obesity has multiple causes but it is not difficult to treat. Watch this space for treatment and prevention of obesity.

The next blogger on our blog train is Ishieta who has reviewed the book “The secret life of fat”. DO catch her post here. A very informative post that provides an in-depth understanding of fat and breaks a lot of myths too.

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About Author

I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented.In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

15 Comments

  1. What an informative post, obesity first hamlets body’s functions and then it engulfs one mentally as well!! Important to not let it set it.

  2. Very wel written and you explained this concept very beautifully. there’s need to inform people that how obesity can harms our other body parts and their functioning too. Its one of the serious issue like any other disease of the body.

  3. i have gravely suffered from PCOD and obesity was one of the causes, as well as the effects of PCOD. i have finally started leading a better lifetyle to move ahead of my obesity issues.

  4. Obesity is a slow enemy which can spoil our entire life.A very knowledgebale post .It is always helpful to know these facts

  5. I have seen so many people suffering from obesity. This post is helpful for someone with this issue. Will share this post.

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