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The Balanced Work-Life-Fitness, Strike the Equilibrium

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09 Apr 2022
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While the Covid-19 wreaked havoc directly, it also brought indirect adverse consequences. People were forced to stay at home without much exercise due to their sedentary lifestyle and back-to-back lockdowns. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. According to the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 135 million people in India are obese. I believe it is time to address the elephant in the room. Let's all take a hard look at ourselves and see if the scale is inching closer to the ever-loathed obese bracket! #TWN

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I am Priyanka, 32 years old, IT Professional, Married for 9 years, Mother of Two, an 8-years old boy, and 2.5 years old girl.

Since School times, I was on a heavier side and called a healthy child but never thought much about it. After the birth of my second child, I crossed the scales by 80+ Kgs, and many health issues were grasping me, which made me think over it, and in very small duration, I Lost 22 Kgs and reached a healthy weight of 58 Kgs.

India is gaining weight (not in a prospect I can be proud to highlight)! Traditionally known for malnutrition, Indians now report more and more frequently overweight, obesity and their consequences. 

Excess body fat, abdominal adiposity, increased subcutaneous and intra-abdominal fat, and fat deposition in ectopic sites are all characteristics of obesity in Indians (such as liver, muscle, and others).

Obesity is a major contributor to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus, both of which are extremely common (T2DM). Even though this is a worldwide phenomenon, India is unique in that it is dealing with both over and undernutrition at the same time. This article examines the scope of India's obesity problem.

The percentage of ever-married women aged 15-49 years who are overweight or obese increased from 11 percent in NFHS-2 to 15 percent in NFHS-3, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). Rural areas have a higher prevalence of malnutrition, whereas urban areas have a threefold increase in overweight and obesity. It could be because there is less physical activity in cities. Women also have a higher rate of undernutrition and overweight/obesity than men. This dual disease pattern in women may have an endocrine origin, but it is more likely due to societal and cultural norms that prevent women from living a healthy lifestyle. Overweight and obesity are three times more common among women with 12 or more years of education than among those with no education.

So after knowing the above facts, let us know the problem and solution.

How Obesity Occurs?

Obesity is commonly caused by eating too much and exercising insufficiently. If you consume a lot of energy, especially fat and sugar, but don't burn it off through exercise and physical activity, your body will store a lot of it as fat.

What Causes Obesity?

Gaining and maintaining excess weight can be caused by a variety of factors. Diet, lack of exercise, environmental factors, and genetics are among them.

Food and Activity

When people consume more calories than they expend through physical activity, they gain weight. The greatest contributor to weight gain is this imbalance.

Environment

The environment has an impact on our ability to maintain a healthy weight. Consider the following scenario:

  • People find it difficult to be physically active when there are no nearby parks, sidewalks, or affordable gyms.

  • Food portions that are too large increase calorie intake, necessitating even more physical activity to maintain a healthy weight.

  • Advertising for unhealthy foods, such as high-fat snacks and sugary drinks, encourages people to buy them.

Health Conditions and Medications

Some hormone problems may cause overweight and obesity, such as underactive thyroid, Cushing syndrome, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

Certain medicines also may cause weight gain, including some corticosteroids and antidepressants.

Stress, Emotional Factors, and Poor Sleep

Some people eat more than usual when they are bored, angry, upset, or stressed.

Studies also have found that the fewer people sleep, the more likely they are to have overweight or obese. It is partly because hormones that are released during sleep help control appetite and the body’s use of energy.

So, in this article, I would like you all to identify the cause and factors of your personal obesity so that in the next blog, you can find the solution to get rid of extra baggage that you are loaded with and feel confident within no time.

To give you a little peek into it. Here is a thought that you can implement to trim down weight and live healthily!

The Vegan Diet

A vegan diet consists solely of plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts, and fruits) and plant-based foods

Vegans do not consume animal-derived foods, such as dairy products and eggs.

Healthy Eating as a Vegan

A varied and balanced vegan diet will provide you with the majority of the nutrients you require.

Vegans should eat the following foods to maintain a healthy diet:

  • every day, consume at least 5 portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables.

  • potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, or other starchy carbohydrates can be used to make meals (choose wholegrain where possible)

  • have some dairy substitutes on hand, such as soya beverages and yogurts (choose lower-fat and lower-sugar options)

  • consume some beans, pulses, and other protein-rich foods

  • select unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat in moderation.

  • drink a lot of water (the government recommends 6 to 8 cups or glasses a day)

If you want to include high-fat, high-salt, or high-sugar foods and drinks in your diet, do so in moderation.

I’ll talk more about it in my next articles! Overintellectulaizing is a thing no one entertains!

I’ll leave with some Health Motivation Quotes!

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”— Jim Rohn

“It is health which is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

Remember to be motivated and confident in all conditions of Life!

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