No country in the world is on track to meet the WHO’s 2025 obesity targets. The World Obesity Federation, a lead partner to global obesity agencies like the WHO, has warned that by 2030, one in every five women and one in every seven men will be obese, amounting to more than one billion obese people worldwide.
If you are still wondering what is Obesity? It’s defined as the accumulation of an abnormally large amount of body fat, which increases the risk of health problems. Have you had your BMI calculated? Obesity is having a BMI greater than or equal to 30.
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National Anti-Obesity Day
Obesity is one of the world’s most serious health problems, affecting 800 million people and putting millions more at risk. November 26 is marked as National Anti-Obesity Day. The goal of this day is to raise awareness about how obesity is a public health risk and to encourage people to work towards a healthier lifestyle. So, on this National Anti-Obesity Day, Gigadocs brings you a reckoner of the ill effects of being overweight & obese, and how you can bring a healthy change to your lifestyle.
Obesity: How Serious Is It?
Obesity affects one out of every ten Indian adults, and childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last decade. One of the primary causes of obesity is consuming more calories than one can burn.
Obesity is a significant health concern- it can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and infertility. When we talk about India, the number of overweight and obese people is on the rise, and so is the prevalence of Type II Diabetes making India the global Diabetes capital—wondering how obesity and diabetes are linked. Obesity is a well-known contributor to insulin resistance, leading to impaired glucose tolerance, hence an increase in the number of Diabetes cases.
What is the Connection between Covid-19 and Obesity?
While Covid-19 caused havoc directly, it also had unintended consequences. It was Covid that forced us to stay home, compelling us to adopt a sedentary lifestyle without much exercise. Covid also bought stress and depression to our lives, adding to unhealthy binge eating and weight gain.
What causes people to become obese?
Obesity can occur for a variety of reasons. A sedentary lifestyle, heredity, poor nutrition control, and medication side effects are good examples of the root cause of Obesity. The significant increase in obesity numbers in India calls for immediate action.
In case you are wondering how is Obesity related to health? It significantly raises the risk of developing chronic conditions and creates new challenges. Obesity can also cause chronic conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers.
Is there a Treatment for Obesity?
We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic in India and around the world, and we fear it will soon become a pandemic if we do not address it.
Laparoscopic gastric bypass, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, are the common bariatric procedures performed worldwide. Bariatric surgery is now a safe elective general surgical procedure for mortality. However, there is no replacement for healthy eating habits and exercise.
How can Gigadocs help?
Gigadocs recommends consulting a dietician and in some extreme cases consulting a Bariatric surgery specialist for obesity-related comorbid conditions to improve the quality of life. To know more about bariatric surgery, book a Diabetologist, bariatric healthcare provider, Endocrinologist Obesity Specialist on the Gigadocs app:
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