What is obesity?
Obesity is a medical condition where the body accumulates fats to such an extent that it poses a threat to health. Obesity, in simple terms, means having too much body fat. Muscle, fat, bone, or/and water weight all come under body weight. The worldwide unit of measurement for obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI).
How is obesity calculated?
BMI is calculated by a person’s weight divided by the square of their height. A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese, and a person with a BMI of 25 or above is deemed to be overweight. BMI further calculates the waist-hip ratio, which is another alternative to measure obesity.
What causes obesity?
- Processed Food.
Eating more calories than one can burn is generally what causes weight gain. Obesity is not entirely predetermined; what we eat, how much we eat, and at what time we eat also has a predominant effect on our health. Processed foods have vanishing calories; one will never feel satiated, but they contain large amounts of calories that promote overeating since they are also highly addictive. Lack of sleep and stress causes hormonal imbalance which is one of the leading factors making one crave that jar of cookies or bag of chips.
Children who are born to obese parents are more inclined to become obese than children who are born to healthy parents. Empirical evidence suggests that genetics plays a crucial role in weight gaining, but that’s not taking away from another vital component, environment. Research on twins demonstrates how environment activates genes, which wouldn’t be expressed if a person led a healthy lifestyle.
How many people are affected?
According to the WHO:
- The worldwide prevalence of obesity has skyrocketed from the year 1975 to 2016.
- In 2016, more than 1.9 billion of the world population aged 18 and above were overweight, and out of those individuals, 650 million adults were considered obese.
- In 2016, 39% of adults were diagnosed with obesity. Men at 39% and women at 40%.
- An estimated 41 a million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese.
Overweight and obesity once considered predicaments of developed countries are now on the rise in the developing countries as well, particularly in urban settings.
What are the consequences of obesity?
Obesity is much more than an accumulation of fats. A high the ratio of body fat to muscle puts strains on bones and internal organs which invariably leads to metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of three-five medical diseases such as central obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high serum triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the most significant consequences of obesity. High blood pressure and abnormal level of cholesterol are the major risk factor for heart disease and strokes. Obesity is also directly linked to type 2 diabetes. It interferes with the way body absorbs insulin to control the blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable with moderation eating, active lifestyle and refraining from sugar.
- Other diseases linked to obesity are:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Gallbladder disease
What measures can be taken to adopt a better lifestyle?
Whether you are overweight or obese, losing weight may be difficult but not impossible. You can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and health problems related to it. Changes in lifestyle and behaviour are keys to sustaining a healthy life; these habits include daily exercise, a healthy diet, and a long-term commitment to monitoring your diet.
Exercising five days a week for 60 mins, a moderate-intensity workout helps one in not only maintaining the weight but it also aids in leading a physically active life with minimal health issues.
It is scientifically proven that a healthy diet is more crucial to weight loss than exercise. If one can’t control the cravings and temptations, weight loss will be an uphill battle. One should focus on nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and pulses. Avoid saturated; Trans saturated fats and foods high on sugar. Eating intermittent meals leads to satiation, which in turn leads to resistance to overeating since you are not starving yourself.
Monitor your weight:
Watching your weight at least once a week is ideal since small weight gains are more easily manageable. Try keeping a journal and writing down what you eat, how much you eat, and what time you eat. Sticking to a healthy diet can be difficult, but consistent effort will heel results.
How can 11:11 help you?
We’ve several figure correction and weight loss treatments that will help you in getting the desired shape.
Detox/Full body Massage:
With our detox massages, we manipulated the soft tissues of your body. These muscles are massaged in a rhythmic manner, which directly works on the muscular circulatory and nervous system.
An advanced treatment for inch loss, here, a combination of machines and manual massages are used to mobilize the fats in the body. Our body therapy treatment is highly effective because it targets three body areas at once, correcting the figure overall.
Our passive exercise does not drain your energy level at any point and there are fewer chances of bouncing back as we do not call you every day for exercises.
We do not put you on strict diets but inculcate healthy eating habits within you, which helps you get in your desired body shape.
Our Full body Detox and Bamboo Massages help you in Lymphatic Drainage, Weight Loss, Water Retention, Toning, De-Stress Pain Relief and Relaxation. Our Spot Reduction Therapies also help you to break down the stubborn fat and breaking down the plateau which helps in accelerating weight loss.