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By Dr B Rajesh Pallamraju
Consultant General Physician & Diabetologist
Published on 24/11/2022

Every year on November 26, Anti-Obesity Day is marked to raise awareness about the most severe diseases linked to obesity that affect people worldwide. Obesity rates are rising dramatically, causing the era's most serious public health issues. Obesity causes people to gain a lot of weight quickly and can also lead to various serious health problems.

Say NO To Obesity!

This Anti-Obesity Day 2022, an international event observed on November 26, will increase knowledge and understanding of obesity in public health. In the case of obesity, excessive body fat has built up to the point where it could seriously harm one's health. Obesity shortens life expectancy and raises the risk of health conditions like osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases.
Let's clarify some misconceptions about obesity and discuss ways to combat it on this occasion!

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition marked by excessive body fat that raises the risk of health issues. When a person has a BMI of 25 or higher, they are considered obese. The risk for major health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and even reproductive problems, is increased by excessive body fat. Moreover, it may make some cancers more likely to grow.
When people consume more calories than they can burn off, especially from fatty and sugary foods, they become obese. The body stores these extra calories as fat. People are starting to understand the need to eat healthfully and have a balanced diet to reduce obesity.

Let's Debunk Some Obesity Myths!

Is it true that obese people have slower metabolisms than others, or do they always have bad eating habits? Here are three obesity myths debunked!

Myth 1: Poor lifestyle choices lead to obesity

Fact: Most people believe that obesity is caused by poor dietary habits and a lack of physical activity. Obese people are frequently judged as being "lazy" or lacking motivation. While food and lack of exercise are factors, others contribute to the rise in obesity.

Myth 2: Obese people's metabolisms are slower.

Fact: It's a common myth that slim people have faster metabolisms. As overweight/obese people often have faster metabolisms than slim ones. The bodies of obese people require extra energy to maintain essential body functions.

Myth 3: Obesity is only a condition in adults.

Fact: Obesity can strike at any age, including children. However, hormonal changes and a less active lifestyle raise the risk of obesity as people get older. Moreover, the amount of muscle in the body tends to decline with age, and lower muscle mass generally leads to a decrease in metabolism.

How can obesity be treated?

There is no quick fix for obesity to get rid of the extra weight! A good, low-calorie diet, regular exercise, setting realistic goals, and frequent weight monitoring are all ways to fight obesity. To achieve this, take the following actions:

  • Change the diet to include more unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats
  • Have more fruit and vegetables
  • Consume plenty of whole grains, nuts, and legumes
  • Reduce your sugar intake
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Increase the daily levels of exercise to at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity

To help people reconsider their perspective on food and eating, one might also benefit from psychological counselling from a qualified medical expert. Additionally, in rare situations, weight loss surgery may be effective. Consult the top dietitians and medical professionals.

How is obesity measured?

Obesity starts with a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or higher. Obesity can be the underlying cause of diseases, raising health risks. Three factors are used to evaluate whether a person's body fat increases their chance of developing obesity-related diseases:

Go to the Medicover Health Calculators, answer some medical questions, and know your health status!

It's time to make your belly go from O to 0! (Obesity to Zero)
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and fit life!