Obesity – The tickling time bomb
Today, obesity is unanimously considered as one of the most serious chronic (long term) health problems and has almost become an epidemic.
[obese people] It is believed that about two-thirds of men and women in 63 countries in five continents (excluding the US) were overweight or obese in a survey conducted in 2006.
Therefore, it can be said that more than 300 million people across the globe are obese and about 750 million people have abnormally high body weight.
And as for United states (and North America), studies suggest that about 60% of American adults are overweight (that makes it about 40 million) adult men and women.
As per the statistics of US National Institutes of Health, obesity and abnormally high body weight are the second leading causes of preventable death in the USA and obesity leads to about 300,000 deaths each year in USA alone.
Shocking reality - see the chart below
Similarly, according to the 2007 WHO statistics, about 67.4% of Australian adults were overweight, ranking 21st in the world. A 2005 WHO study also found that over 20% of Australian adults were obese but this rate was expected to rise to 29% in the year 2010.
Likewise, situation is no better in UK, either. Studies and surveys suggest that about 46% of men and 32% of women in England are overweight and about 17% of men and 21% of women are obese.
As you might have noticed, I have used two terms “overweight” and “obese” in the above statistics. Before you get confused, let me explain the difference between these two:
What is obesity?
If your entire body weight is 20% or more above the recommended normal weight for your height, you can be classified as an “obese” person. In general meanings, however, obesity is a pathological (disease) condition in which you have an excess proportion of total body fat.
While there are several ways to measure and know if a person is obese, weight loss experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the most precise criteria to determine if a person is overweight (or obese) or not in both adults and children.
What is overweight?
An adult woman or man is considered "overweight" when she or he is above a healthy (or normal) weight, which varies according to a person's height. Scientifically speaking, an individual is overweight when his (or her) BMI is from 25 to 29.9 and if his / her BMI is 30 or more, he or she will be classified as obese.
Methods to lose weight (& prevent obesity)
Based on their nature, various ways or methods to lose weight can be broadly categorized into two main types:
- Natural weight loss methods
- Medical or surgical methods
Natural weight loss methods include:
Diet: While most people prefer to use common or popular diet plans, any carefully chosen diet will actually help you lose those unwanted pounds.
Examples of weight loss diet include diets containing low fat, high calcium content (skim milk, cottage cheese, and fat free yogurt), fiber rich foods and high protein-containing foods such as (fish and lean meats).
Similarly, use of citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables is always an essential part of any successful diet plan.
Exercise (physical activity): You should remember that any kind of healthy mobility, be it resistance exercise or strength training of your choice, swimming, jogging, running or even, simply, brisk walking if done regularly, will help you burn fat and lose weight. You should reserve at least 30 minutes on daily basis for any physical activity of your choice
Diet (weight loss) supplements: I can’t stress enough; you should be extremely cautious and careful in choosing the best diet or weight loss supplement. While it’s true that not all pills, patches, diets, supplements and drinks are scam, unfortunately, most of these are.
Therefore, you should be ultra careful while choosing the herbal supplement or weight loss method of your choice. Ideally, you should go for a supplement or pill that is natural (preferably herbal), organic, vegetative and pure and has been backed by a number of verifiable clinical trials and credible scientific studies and research.
Medical and surgical methods
With the advent of modern medicine and technology, several “unnatural” means of managing or treating obesity have also come into practice.
Examples of such means are anti-obesity surgeries (gastric bypass or gastric ligation) and pharmacologic (allopathic) drug treatment. The main issue with such methods, however, is that all of these methods are not safe and are associated with a severe risk of side effects or drug interactions.
How to motivate yourself for weight loss?
i) “Stop” telling yourself that you’re not motivated & “start”: If you are considering weight loss as your most crucial goal of life, then don’t wait. Just do it and start right now. In fact, tell you what, if you are reading this article it may, very well, mean that you have already started losing weight. Speed is the essence, so be quick and “don’t wait to lose weight”!
ii) Pair up: When it comes to your weight loss strategy, one is not always better. In fact, successful weight loss stories tell us that two are often better than one. What this means is that you should preferably have a weight loss partner before joining a gym, implementing a diet plan or beginning an exercise or workout routine. Read: Could A GPS Watch Be Tracked?
iii) Set reminders: If you are suffering from the fear of forgetfulness or loss of motivation, one of the time-tested ways of keep yourself motivated is to set reminders i.e. the objects that remind you of your goal and objective (weight loss) from time to time and help you stay motivated and focused on your goal.
Ideally, you should keep these reminders close by, whether on a sticker, post-it note, smart phone, iPod or a photo, or anything of your choice.