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Fast-spreading urbanization, pushing up the rates of obesity by leaps and bounds, will lead to a substantial increase in the incidence of cardiovascular diseases in India in the next three decades.


Obesity is a condition in which there is an excessive accumulation of fat in the body.  Obesity is a fast growing problem in developing countries and is now known to be associated with increased health risks.  Several studies in India have shown that changes in dietary patterns, physical activity levels, lifestyles associated with affluence, and migration to urban areas are related to increasing frequencies of obesity and the risk of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 


OBESITY - Silent Killer in India

According to a World Health Organisation report, more than 1.4 billion adults who are 20-plus are overweight. Obesity is a serious issue in today’s world and it has to be tackled at the earliest.


Obesity is a disease and there are many reasons behind it like metabolic disorder, genetic problems, excessive inactivity and consumption of excess calories,” WHO observed, adding that obesity was also linked to a number of diseases like diabetes and heart ailments. Urban lifestyle was the main cause of the disorder that could double the chances of heart attacks and increase the chances of diabetes by five times.

Nutritionists observed that it is necessary to address the problem of obesity at an early age.  Nutrition education at young age is the key to promote healthy lifestyles and eating behaviours.



Interpreting Your BMI

Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2).


The WHO definition is:

1. a BMI greater than or equal to 23 is overweight

2. a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obesity.

BMI provides the most useful population-level measure of overweight and obesity as it is the same for both sexes and for all ages of adults. However, it should be considered a rough guide because it may not correspond to the same degree of fatness in different individuals.



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