Obesity/overweight is a global problem on rise predicted to rise by 300% in the next 25 years.
Excessive weight is a problem that has affected millions of people around the world like a plague. Obesity and excessive weight are causing health problems to people and it is now becoming an epidemic in the entire world. Keeping our weight in check and keeping ourselves healthy is becoming more and more difficult every day.
Weight loss diets, weight loss drugs, weight loss surgeries are all over the place today. Not limited any more to the high income group, these conditions are showing a dramatic rise in incidence in low and middle-income groups as well. Projections by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2001 suggested that the number of obese Indians could rise by 300% in the next 25 years.
Obesity a key that unlocks all diseases eg: Diabetes, Hypertension, cardio-vascular diseases and many more....
Being overweight or obese poses a serious risk for developing many complications like diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, weakened bones and even cancer. It's about time we do something substantial to save our society and the coming generations from this epidemic.
The good news is that you don't have to reach your ideal weight to lower your risk of developing obesity-related medical problems. Losing even 10% of your total body weight can significantly lower your risk. Losing 10% of your total body weight is a good goal to start with. You can always continue and lose more weight once you have reached your initial goal.
So what exactly is overweight and obesity?
Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems.
Assess whether the weight that you carry around is healthy or unhealthy?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that is used to check whether a person's weight falls within the normal range or not. The normal range of BMI for women is between 20 and 25. The normal range for men is between 18.7 and 23.8. BMI higher than normal indicates being overweight. A BMI of above 30 is indicative of obesity.
When you are 10-20% in excess of your Ideal Body Weight (IBW), you are overweight. When you are 30% or more in excess of your Ideal Body Weight, you are suffering from obesity (morbidly overweight).