Friday, June 16, 2006

A Look At Obesity


Here are some facts on obesity:

If you thought being obese is being the target of fun, it only tells the part of the story about dangers and predicaments obesity exposes you to. Obesity is no more a simple result ofovereating-lead-to-overweight case. To quote the American Obesity Association’s words, “It is now recognized that obesity is a serious, chronic disease. No human condition — not race,religion, gender, ethnicity or disease state — compares toobesity in prevalence and prejudice, mortality and morbidity, sickness and stigma.”

Obesity is a trojan horse. It brings a battalion of ailments, which are most detrimental to our health. To name a few, following are the complications that could arise out being obese.

1. Hypertension

2. Diabetes (Type-2)

3. Coronary heart disease

4. Stroke

5. Gallbladder disease

6. Osteoarthritis

7. Asthma

8. Sleep apnea and respiratory problems

9. Some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)

10.High levels of cholesterol

This is an unending list, where each of the above ailments arecapable of creating other complications, where no medication without side effect, could be comfortably used. Prevention isthe best cure for obesity. How to achieve this?

Shake Your Head

A doctor once told my friend, who is obese that it is very easyto lose weight. My friend became very interested and asked him to suggest a way. The doctor calmly replied that just shakeyour head from left to right, maybe ten times a day! My friendbecame very curious. What is the idea behind this? He asked.Doctor calmly replied, "Whenever anyone offers you something toeat, shake your head from left to right". Simple, isn't it? Itis simple, but it requires discipline, which is not simple. But then, habit makes discipline. Avoiding junk food and fast food must be done with a discipline.

Is Being Overweight Obesity

Obesity is not just due to eating disorder unlike overweight.Obesity is hereditary and it is measured by Body Mass Index orBMI. Adults over the BMI of 30 Kg/m2 is considered are considered obese and any one with reading between 25 and 29.9kg/m2 is overweight, not obese.

Obesity is posing the biggest threat to Americans and the numbers are rising with each year. There are around 35% obese Americans according to a survey. This is also draining thestate exchequer heavily to the tune of $25 billions a year.

What Causes Obesity

There are more reasons than one. Having obsession to eating more calories than you can burn off, how active are you, what you eat and whether you have an inherited streak in your genes,all these determine your chances of becoming obese. In any caseit is due to the over accumulation of fats.

Is There An Anti-Obesity Plan?

There are many quick-fix plans being promoted by the so called dieticians which are not regulated by FDA. However, burning fatby increased physical activity and a changed lifestyle inaddition to changed eating habits to healthier foods must gradually show results.

Although fat at hips is not quicker to harm you than the accumulation around waist, there is no guarantee that you are absolutely safe. Talk to your trainer and dietician, pull-upyour socks and get going. After all, it’s your life.

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