• What causes obesity and how to prevent it?

    • March 7, 2018
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    Prevention is always better than cure and recognizing the symptoms before occurrence of a serious problem is what prevention is all about.

    Obesity is a condition where the human body accumulates excessive fat which has a harmful impact on health. Overeating, burgeoning culture of fast foods and a mix of genetic, certain psychological and environmental factors are some common causes that can increase a person’s risk for obesity. Our environment at home, at school, office can all influence the way we live, we eat, our habits and how active we are. The problem has found its way onto Indian shores and many among us are grappling with it today. Obesity is a condition which puts people at a higher risk for other life threatening diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Healthcare professionals can play a key role in helping to overcome the obesity epidemic in India. With the right support system, people living with obesity can make real progress.

    A study reveals that India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China. Study also shows that 14.4 million kids in the country have excess weight which is an alarming situation for our country. Seeing this we urgently need sustained efforts of healthcare professionals who are trained and possess knowledge of disease and treatments.

    Here’re leading causes of obesity:

    1. Unhealthy diet rich in fats and calories,
    2. Inactive lifestyle,
    3. Inadequate sleeping pattern, which can lead to hormonal changes that make you feel hungrier,
    4. Aging, is another factor which can lead to less muscle mass and a slower metabolism, making it easier to gain weight,
    5. Genetics factors can affect how our body processes food into energy and how fat is stored,
    6. Certain medical conditions like hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, etc.

    Prevention Tips

    1. We need to keep active lifestyle to avoid onset of lifestyle diseases in our lives. Some very simple activities like climbing stairs instead of the elevator, we need to crack our sweat at home for 10 to 15 minutes daily, we can even go out for a walk, run, swim, do cycling and can do yoga.
    2. We need to eat a healthy diet that includes at least five to six servings of fruits and vegetables daily, we must choose whole grain foods such as brown rice and whole wheat bread to avoid highly processed foods in our meal plan.
    3. We need to balance our food meal plan and for that we must weigh and measure food to gain a rough understanding of portion sizes. We need to avoid junk food, hefty meals with refined sugars and restaurant foods which can lead to weight gain.
    4. And don’t forget to weigh yourself regularly! If we notice that we are starting to gain weight, it is an alarming time to take the necessary measures to lose that weight.
    5. Aerated drinks, sugar syrups, sport drinks, artificial juices are a strict no, we should try to drink lots and lots of water. The FDA recommends that we must drink eight or ten glasses of water a day. It cleanses and detoxifies the impurities in our bodies.

    Role of Healthcare Professionals: 

    • They should create a supportive healthcare environment to ensure the successful treatment of obese people.
    • They should involve establishing an alliance between a caregiver and the patient.
    • They should lend counseling to the clients.
    • They should share nutritional facts with patients, like calorie count.
    • They should share healthy food options with the clients to reduce weight.

    In today’s scenario, trained and up-to-date healthcare professionals are needed for prevention and treatment methods for obesity and also for the growth of the healthcare industry in India. It will likely create a demand for skilled professionals and for that an appropriate education in healthcare management is the need of the hour.  Very recently, Asia-Pacific Healthcare Management, in association with RUDN University, Russia, has introduced an MBA program in Healthcare Management. RUDN University happens to be the only university in the world, which every year attracts students from over 155 countries.

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