Are you clothes fitting too tight?
Does your usual flight of steps feel tiring off late?
Do your knees, hips and back hurt all the time?
These are all signs of weight gain which may slowly lead to obesity. Obesity is a medical condition that occurs when a person carries excess weight or body fat that might affect their health.
Research conducted by the World Obesity Federation shows that the percentage of Indian adults living with obesity is set to jump to around 5% by 2025, from 3.7% in 2014. This is especially more applicable to urban Indians.
1. Wrong eating habits – This is one of the major causes of obesity. Obesity never develops overnight; it progresses from a poor diet. And wrong eating habits from childhood also make people obese.
2. Less physical activity – Lack of physical activity aided by the technology boom is making us physically inactive and leading to people becoming obese. Make exercise a part of your daily routine.
3. Lack of awareness – A major section of the population still lacks basic knowledge about the right nutrition, which leads to obesity.
4. Genetics – Obesity has a strong genetic component. Children of obese parents are much more likely to become obese than children of lean parents. Some people appear to be genetically susceptible to weight gain and obesity.
5. Junk food diet – Heavily processed foods are often little more than refined ingredients mixed with preservatives and food colours. They lack nutritional value and are highly engineered to get people hooked. They also promote overeating.
6. Sugar Addiction – Sugar changes the hormones and biochemistry of your body when consumed in excess. This, in turn, contributes to weight gain. Added sugar in various foods, desserts, sweets, processed foods cause complex addictions and makes your brain crave for more. They are often compared to drugs cocaine, nicotine and cannabis.
7. Insulin – Insulin is a very important hormone that regulates energy storage. High insulin levels and insulin resistance are linked to the development of obesity. To lower insulin levels, reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates and eat more fiber.
Globally, over two billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions. With childhood obesity on the rise—India has the second-highest number of obese children in the world after China. Over 5% of India’s population is now morbidly obese. It is important to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.
Here are a few tips to follow to prevent obesity:
Are you suffering from extreme obesity? Is your excess weight causing joint problems and general discomfort in your daily life? Consult our expert Bariatric Surgeons to know if you are eligible for bariatric surgery.
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