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Focus on Obesity first

A study at lifecare reveals that in cities, specially in north, over 50% woman are overweight owing to sedentary lifestyles, rich food, and lack of exercise

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in India, with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country's population. Obesity in urban Indian woman aged over 35 has become a serious concern for the medical fraternity. Sedentary city lifestyles, rich food, a lack of exercise and a gradual slowing down of the metabolic rate are playing havoc with the waist - to - hip circumference. A study reveals that in cities, specially in north India, over 50% woman are overweight.

While most women look at obesity as being a physically unattractive and cosmetic problem, what they overlook are the many related diseases:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension): 1/3rd of all cases of high BP are associated with obesity.
  • Heart disease: heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina and abnormal heart rhythm is increased in woman who are overweight or obese. Earlier we used to think heart attack is problem of menfolk only; but 40% cases needing angioplasty or bypass surgery are women in India
  • Osteoarthritis: obesity is a major factor in the development of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee.
  • Problem during pregnancy: the problem gets complicated as the child could fall prey to similar diseases and run the risk of coronary ailment, later in age
  • Psychological disorders: depression, eating disorders, distorted body image and low self-esteem. Taking small precautions at home itself can go a long way in keeping off the excess fat.
  • One can start with the following:

  • Eat small portions at meat time
  • Chew well
  • Never eat & drink at the same time. No water with food or No water to one hour after major meals
  • Do not lie down and rest after eating, as it increases your weight
  • Eat4-6 small meals per day (small quantity please )
  • Drink sugar- free beverages and avoid carbonated drink however.

If a change in lifestyle does not render much change in your weight, one can always consider the option of bariatric surgery (It is only recommended in case the person is morbidly obese it but 1>40).

Dr. Sharda Jain