Dramatic increases in diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases are forecast as a result of “the epidemic of obesity sweeping the globe,” reports The Independent of London.
Obesity is a term that means you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
Breathing Problem and Asthma
Low quality of life
This is a global crisis and urgent action is required now to prevent this silent epidemic of serious illness and spiralling health costs. We may be facing a serious health disaster if we do not act now to address this ugly trend.
Across the globe researchers have estimated about 40 to 50 percent of the world’s population affected by this crisis.
Since 1980, obesity rates across the globe have risen from 8 to 20 percent for women and from 6 to 17 percent for men. The reasons given include sedentary life-styles and a richer diet—both linked to growing prosperity. The greatest cause for concern is the number of overweight children. According to Professor Jaap Seidell, president of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, “there are signs that a larger proportion of the next generation are becoming obese and overweight at an earlier age.”
What Treatments Are Effective?
A variety of effective options exist for the management of overweight and obese patients, including dietary therapy approaches such as low-calorie diets and lower-fat diets; altering physical activity patterns.
Managing obesity includes a combination of lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and increased physical activity over time. Along with a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, your doctor may suggest prescription medications or surgery to help you lose weight.
The first step in treating obesity is managing your expectations. A transition to a healthier lifestyle takes time, effort, and commitment. You may not see results right away. You’ll also likely go through periods where you don’t lose weight even though you’re doing everything right.
Losing weight is about getting healthy, not about the number on the scale. Avoid putting pressure on yourself to set and then try to achieve unreasonable expectations. Set your goals based on what you feel most comfortable with.
You’ll likely experience some setbacks on your weight loss journey. That’s OK. The key is sticking to your plan and continuing your weight loss journey. Lifestyle changes won’t happen overnight. It takes time.
There are tons of diet plans floating around the internet with hefty promises of quick weight loss. Of these diet plans, the ones that work the best are the plans that reduce the number of calories you eat and are easy to stick to over time.
The simplest diet approach is to increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins, while avoiding sugary snacks and processed foods.
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