Obesity – A Global Concern

About three hundred twenty million people are obese and the number is not decreasing considering the sedentary lifestyle of many individuals and the proliferation of unhealthy foods as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The world body defines obesity and being overweight as ” an accumulation of excess body fat to an extent that may impair health”.

When you exceed the ideal body weight by one hundred pounds for males and eighty pounds for the females, you are considered suffering from severe or morbid obesity.

International health experts define overweight, when you have a body mass index (BMI) of twenty five and above and obesity with a BMI of thirty or more.

Body mass index is calculated by a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his or her height. They claimed that there are more obese females than males.

Obesity is the most common form of malnutrition in the western world. Its the second leading preventable cause of death in north America.

Being overweight can lead to high blood pressure and related complications such as blood vessels damaged, of arteriosclerosis, heart attack, kidney failure and stroke. One has to understand that medical intervention including surgery are not the cure for obesity.

People who run for work, extremely busy and have no time to fix their meals usually find relief in fast food joints. But does frequent eating of hamburger or fries is really good for our health? Nutritional experts are unanimous that it’s not really that healthy.

It’s okay if it is consumed once a month but on a regular basis it’s unsafe to your health. Moreover, obese persons should shun instant foods as they contain a high amount of salt and chemical preservatives adding more risk to the development of excess fat which is detrimental to your health.

Unfortunately, the conservative management of morbid obesity – diet, exercise, drugs, behavioral modifications, etc. – has been found to be ineffective in the long term. More than ninety five percent of subjects regain their lost weight within a few years after conservative treatment.

Fat reduction techniques or any weight loss regimen maybe an easy option to some individuals, but this will be useless if the person concern will not exert efforts to curb the return of fat.

One has to engage in physical activities, avoid in sedentary lifestyle as much as possible and eat healthy food in order to prevent fat from coming back.

Experts recommend that we should walk at least four hundred meters a day. An hour walk burns 113 to 226k/cal. If you don’t walk you save 800 to 6,000k/cal, this equivalent to 0.4 to 0.8 body fat every year. People with sedentary lifestyle gains two pounds each year.

Children who do nothing but play video games and watch TV are not saved for this. Medical experts advised that it is important to subscribe to a healthy lifestyle in order to regulate obesity which brings not only emotional burden but also medical complications as well. ” In the past we look at obesity as an aesthetic problem, now it is linked to medical problems” as one medical expert has noted.

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