Being overweight and obese can lead to a host of health issues that can be life threatening.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty. Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha
The above is just an elegant way of saying, love thyself and don’t abuse thyself too. Abuse can come in many forms, with being overweight or obesity as a fine example of it. An overweight or obese person can be looked upon as an extreme lover of food, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. The United Nation’s World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the terms ‘overweight’ or ‘obesity,’ as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health.
Definition of Obesity
The WHO had concluded that the causes for being overweight or obese are:
The current standard measurement used to categorise if a person is or isn’t overweight or obese, is the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. A person’s BMI is calculated by his or her weight (in kilograms) which is divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). In short, a person is overweight if his or her BMI is greater than or equal to 25, and obese if his or her BMI is greater than or equal to 30.
The WHO has furnished some very troubling data on what has become a worldwide problem, with obesity having doubled in numbers since 1980. A 2014 survey had shown that more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these 1.9 billion adults, over 600 million of them were obese. A year earlier, another survey mentioned that 42 million children under the age of five were either overweight or obese.
What is even more troubling, are the health consequences that come with such data. These include:
This long list should be enough to get any person with a protruding stomach and double chin the drive to reduce them. While we don’t advocate being ultra-marathoners overnight, it would be great to start with household chores and progress up the ladder, with more strenuous activities as one goes along.