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A recent study found that India has the third highest number of obese and overweight people after the United States and China.

About 20% of India’s adult population is overweight or obese and studies predict India will be the diabetes capital of the world by 2050 if abdominal and lower limb obesity and metabolic syndrome are not stopped.

Being overweight or obese has also been linked to an increased risk of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. They are also at a higher risk of being diagnosed with osteoarthritis and lower back pain. Obese women are also at risk of several cancers, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, and possibly ovarian cancer.

Dr Veena Aggarwal, The Head, R&D and Technical Services, VLCC Health Care Ltd, spoke with Salome Phelamei of Zee Media Corp, on how to eat better, being more physically active can help a person avoid being overweight and stay healthy.

How does obesity affect a person’s health?

Obesity is a disease related to lifestyle. In fact, it ranks high on the World Health Organization’s list of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and has been declared a threat to global health. More than 63 percent of all deaths worldwide are due to NCDs and correspond to an emerging global health threat, aside from a staggering socio-economic burden – it is estimated that over the next 15 to 20 years, MNT will cost more than $ 30 trillion. .

Obesity leads to serious chronic health problems and disabilities. It is closely linked to a large number of health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, and even some types of cancer.

What is a healthy weight?

The definition of health is changing in the new world where people are aware of their social image. Increased weight is now associated with perceived body image, performance, social acceptability, and a personal parameter of happiness.

Body weight is often equated with being in good health. At VLCC, we think differently. Being thin and having a normal weight does not necessarily mean that you are healthy.

Even a normal body mass index (BMI), which is the ratio of weight to height, is no longer an accurate indicator of “health,” as is commonly thought. It is our experience, and indeed which has also been validated by research in other parts of the world, that one can indeed have a normal weight but be in poor health without realizing it is why frequent checks are important.

What is the Body Mass Index (BMI)? How accurate is it?

Internationally, a BMI greater than 25 kg / m2 is considered to be overweight. Due to the genetic tendency of Indians to abdominal obesity and the associated risk of lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease, in India a BMI greater than 23 kg / m2 is considered to be overweight .

BMI has served as an indicator of obesity for many years, but there remains concern that it measures the degree of excess body weight rather than excess body fat. It fails to identify the differences in body composition and distribution of body fat.

BMI calculations even classify individuals with large bones or muscles as obese. Bones and muscles are denser than fat, so people with denser bones and more muscle weigh more. An athlete with high bone density and developed muscles may have a high body mass index but not be overweight or obese and vice versa. BMI also does not take body size into account; a person may be short and carry more fat than optimum, but BMI reflects this as normal. Conversely, a tall individual can be quite healthy with a fairly low body fat percentage, but be classified as overweight according to BMI.

What’s the best way to lose weight – physical activity or diet?

A healthy weight can be achieved with the right balance between food intake and physical activity. This must be adapted to your body type. I would recommend consulting a qualified nutritionist or weight management expert to give you a plan tailored to your needs for lasting benefit.

Offer some diet tips to lose weight.

I’ve always believed that generic unsupervised diets aren’t necessarily healthy options for everyone.

With recent scientific advances that have shown that DNA dictates our individual response to the type of food we eat and the exercise we do, it is becoming all the more evident that a single option is not a solution. guarantee. So, following the DNA-based weight loss program, eating right and exercising regularly will help a person lose weight without any negative effect on the body.

How Much Physical Activity Does It Take to Lose Belly Fat? Is there really a secret to losing belly fat?

Exercising with proper diet under expert guidance is necessary for losing belly fat. Apart from this, a person should also take care of his meals on time and a good sleep.

The human body also has a unique set of inherited chemical makeup known as DNA which affects how our bodies look and function. These hereditary genes also influence a person’s chances of weight gain and often lead them to become obese. This is due to the different roles played by genes in energy homeostasis, with a tendency to store and absorb fat, the body’s response to physical activity, etc.

Every human being has a unique genetic makeup and variations / mutations, because of which a particular diet or physical activity may not help them lose weight! For example, a general recommendation suggesting aerobic exercise in combination with a certain diet to aid in weight loss, may not work.

The genes that make up your DNA decide exactly what type of physical activity is best for you.

What about weight loss pills or supplements? Are they also safe and effective?

VLCC does not approve of such a view. We promote a healthy, positive body image and do not endorse weight loss pills or supplements. Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is essentially a matter of discipline and choice which must be achieved with a healthy diet as well as proper exercise under the right direction.


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