Obesity

Get a tape, throw the machine

The last few decades has seen outstanding advancements in modern medicine in arresting & finding cures for many incurable maladies. But a cure for obesity has so far remained elusive. World over, doctors are increasingly worried about obesity. Recognized, since 1985, as a chronic disease, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death, exceeded only by cigarette smoking. During the past 20 years, obesity among adults has increased significantly. 20% of the adult population consumes more than 80% of the visible dietary fat. Even by very conservative standards more than 5% of the adult population is overweight. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. 30% of children and teens, from higher income groups are overweight.

Other than being aesthetically insensitive, the most important reason for being careful about this malady is its associated risk of heart disease. Cardiologists world over realize now is that excess weight over the middle – the proverbial apple, versus pear- increases the risk even more.

A man’s body is typically more “apple” shaped.
He tends to collect fat around his waist and
stomach area (beer belly). By contrast,
Women’s bodies are more “pear” shaped
as they tend to collect fat on their hips,
buttocks and thighs. People with “apple” body
shapes are more prone to develop diabetes
and heart disease than those with “pear” body shapes

Being obese or overweight increases the risk of many diseases & health conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteo-arthritis
  • Sleep apnoea (Snoring) & Respiratory problems
  • Cancers (Endometrial, Breast & Colon)
  • Polycystic ovarian disease, irregular periods & Infertility