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Obesity product of Urban Lifestyle

Obesity product of Urban Lifestyle

The answer is ‘YES’. However, you may not realize it immediately but urban lifestyle is a threat to your health. The prevalence of obesity has increased remarkably the world over which includes India amongst the top three obese countries in the world. According to WHO’s world health report 2013, there are more than 300 million obese people in the world. There is higher number of over nourished population than undernourished population on earth.

Technology has provided us with many conveniences such as automobiles, escalators, washing machines to name a few. Result of which is that our need to exert physically has dropped down drastically. To top it up, we are surrounded by high energy tempting food which makes it more difficult to stay slim.




Obesity is not just an aesthetic issue but it also brings along whole range of medical conditions with it. A person with higher BMI >23kg-m2 (body mass index) will have higher chances of acquiring diseases than a person with lower BMI.

Obesity can lead to heart diseases, hypertension, stroke, fatty liver, osteoarthritis, varicose veins, obstructive sleep apnea, psychological issues (depression, low self-esteem), diabetes, hernia and many others.



So, do you want to wait, watch and get worse or act and eliminate obesity? There is a need to act early on obesity is to be able to avoid :

  • Greater number of health problems and complications that persist the longer you stay obese.
  • Difficulty in exercising the heavier you get.
  • Many of the above mentioned medical conditions can be reversed at least partially with lifestyle modification.
  • Lifestyle intervention like exercise and proper diet is easy to implement before onset of any complication.

If you suspect or you have been diagnosed with any health condition, it is advisable to get a health screening done before you indulge yourself in any kind of exercise. The exercise routine has to be tailor made to prevent any complications.

Rehab Mantra
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Obesity product of Urban Lifestyle

Obesity product of Urban Lifestyle

The answer is ‘YES’. However, you may not realize it immediately but urban lifestyle is a threat to your health. The prevalence of obesity has increased remarkably the world over which includes India amongst the top three obese countries in the world. According to WHO’s world health report 2013, there are more than 300 million obese people in the world. There is higher number of over nourished population than undernourished population on earth.

Technology has provided us with many conveniences such as automobiles, escalators, washing machines to name a few. Result of which is that our need to exert physically has dropped down drastically. To top it up, we are surrounded by high energy tempting food which makes it more difficult to stay slim.




Obesity is not just an aesthetic issue but it also brings along whole range of medical conditions with it. A person with higher BMI >23kg-m2 (body mass index) will have higher chances of acquiring diseases than a person with lower BMI.

Obesity can lead to heart diseases, hypertension, stroke, fatty liver, osteoarthritis, varicose veins, obstructive sleep apnea, psychological issues (depression, low self-esteem), diabetes, hernia and many others.



So, do you want to wait, watch and get worse or act and eliminate obesity? There is a need to act early on obesity is to be able to avoid :

  • Greater number of health problems and complications that persist the longer you stay obese.
  • Difficulty in exercising the heavier you get.
  • Many of the above mentioned medical conditions can be reversed at least partially with lifestyle modification.
  • Lifestyle intervention like exercise and proper diet is easy to implement before onset of any complication.

If you suspect or you have been diagnosed with any health condition, it is advisable to get a health screening done before you indulge yourself in any kind of exercise. The exercise routine has to be tailor made to prevent any complications.

Rehab Mantra
Stay Fit. Love Life




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4 reasons why you might not be losing weight !

 

This happens to all of us at some point in time. We do our exercises and follow a diet regime, but still not losing that stubborn fat? Well, we all have a blame game to play here and we try to associate the reason of weight gain to either our genes or work stress. There are other reasons to it as well.

Genes

Yes genes play a part in the heritability of body fat mass and percentage. However this contributing factor is estimated at around 50% of total body fat percentage. So our parents are only partly to blame for our size while the other half is within our control.

Lifestyle

In the past we were paid for providing manual labor whereas now we pay to do manual work (gym). The reason is clear “urbanization” which has made our lifestyle sedentary. There is every possible means to avoid physical activity such as cars, elevators, travellators, escalators, vacuum cleaners, washing machine and many more which make our lives easy but on the cost of our body. Nobody is against urbanization; we all like a little help. But we must try to look for situations where we can walk, do household work when we can so that the machinery of our body does not rust.
Food habits have changed big time from cooking at home and eating healthy to eating junk. Food is so easily available everywhere that it’s hard to avoid because of fast food outlets, take away outlets, 24 hour convenience stores, food courts and home delivery services.

Body physiology

For our cells to function optimally, our body tends to control its temperature, electrolyte level, degree of hydration and also body weight. In ancient times, it used to be high levels of physical activity to survive regardless of food availability and there were period of both excess and scarcity. Thus the body developed physiological mechanism to store reserves from period of excess and use them reasonably in period of scarcity.That’s why the body has an inherent tendency to store more and shed less.

Medical causes

In many cases even after following a healthy diet and regular exercise regime, people keep gaining weight. This might ring an alarm that there is some kind of underlying medical condition which is resulting in weight gain. Some of the medical conditions which are associated with weight gain are Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, and Genetic disorders such as Bardet-Beidl, Prader- willi, Cohen and Alstrom syndromes.
Even consumption of certain drugs can lead to weight gain, for example, oral contraceptives and antipsychotics.
So it’s always better to consult a doctor and do a health screening if you suspect any of the above.

 

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