World Obesity Day 2017: How Can India Fight Obesity?

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| October 11 , 2017 , 14:06 IST

While the whole world is fighting a battle against obesity, Indians are still grasping upon the fact that the two major health evils in our country are somehow contradictory. Even after so many years of hard work, India is unable to find a perfect balance between malnutrition and obesity.

In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, alarming results have revealed that in the last decade, the number of obese people in the country has doubled. There are a number of reasons why Indians are at such a high risk of obesity.

Let us admit that our cooking style is not the best of all, from the excessive use of fats, restricted physical activities and the cultural festivals which indirectly means a lot of sweets in our system, all contribute to weight gain. Earlier, the heavy Indian diet would be counter-acted by strenuous exercise as physical activity was a part of daily life. But as the nation develops, and people switch from walking and cycling to motorcycles and cars, either the heavy diet or the lack of activity needs to be changed. 

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If a well-known nutritionist is to be believed, Indians are more of spectators rather than participators. We would rather pass an opportunity which requires us to get out of our comfort zone than taking up the challenge. The question of the hour is that how long can we keep up with our lazy tactics?

Many have insisted that our dietary habits and lifestyle choices could be regulated from proper education and awareness while others argue that nothing is possible without the required willpower. However we blame the enticing food advertising and cultural framework of cooking, the fact can't be neglected that our health is in our own hands.

Experts believe that while the fad diets which most people opt for these days might be effective for a shorter period of time, in the long run only regular moderately intense activity will work. In fact, very low-calorie diets can be more hazardous than Obesity and are condemned by nutritionists.

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As fad diets might deprive an individual of the essential nutrients, it is highly recommended that people choose diets as per their body types and Body Mass Index. On the way to win the battle against obesity, every individual must resort to a healthy diet and good amount of physical activity.

The ones who are suffering from obesity can be at high risk of diabetes, hypertension, gallbladder diseases, cardiovascular diseases and arthritis. Obesity can also lead to psychological health problems like depression and low self-esteem. In order to lose weight, experts recommend the following:

In order to lose weight, experts recommend the following:

- Drink plenty of water

- Low-calorie food consumption

- Natural fat burning foods are recommended

- Daily exercise

- Avoid highly sweetened and salty food products

- Avoid late night food eating habits

- Avoid Alcohol and carbonated drinks