What is Obesity?

In 1978, Freddie Mercury, legend and lead singer of Queen, sang “Fat Bottom Girls”. The track reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, and in the US, number 24 in the Billboard Hot 100. But, when penning the lyrics Brian May, the guitarist and songwriter writer of Queen, had a very different picture in mind than what most people think he was referring to—the scene that is prevalent in Europe and the US. Today 15% of the adults in Europe and 36% of the adults in America are overweight or obese. It is catching up with our lack of health habits at an alarming rate, even among children.

If you feed your body more calories than it needs, they soon accumulate into fat; which, if uncontrolled, can develop into obesity and the health hazards that come with it for free. It is the by product of excessive food energy intake and a lack of exercise. A person is considered as obese if their BMI exceeds 30 kg/m2. BMI, which stands for Body Mass Index, is the measurement concluded when dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. BMI is the measure of fat in our bodies in relation to our weight and height.

Although in our history—and still in some cultures today—obesity was regarded as a sign of riches, plenty, and fertility, it can no longer be seen as “cute and cuddly” when it is responsible for 8% of our health costs and 13% of our death rates. Excess weight increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and asthma. It has been labelled by the UN’s World Health Organization as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.

A Global effort to trim our waist and tighten our belt!

The good news is that we are moving towards the goal of, not only a greener earth, but a healthier population to go along with it. As obesity incentives and awareness programs are up and running, fitness and balanced diets are becoming the fad all over the world. Earth’s citizens are starting to take care to monitor calorie intake and increase their activity level as a productive gesture towards maintaining healthier weight. If you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, don’t look in the mirror and feel discouraged.

A Few Helpful Healthful Habits

Be mindful of the food you eat. Study up on the foods that are healthy for you, and make a conscious effort to stick to those. Of course, once in awhile you should reward yourself with a treat of your favourite food. The key is not always in starving yourself forever from your favourites, but in the quantity and the frequency of it. On a similar note, several dietarians and health care experts suggest using appetite suppressants and fat binding tablets that naturally absorb the fat from the food. Brands like Alli, Lipobind, and XLS Medical Fat Binder are made with natural fibres that work with your body to digest up to a quarter of the fat in your meals. Of course, these are not meant to be seen as “magic pills”. You will have to use them in conjunction with proper eating habits and exercise, and not just depend on Alli and Lipobind to give you a new figure. One more secret to feeling less hungry is getting your proper eight hours of sleep. A recent study showed that if you didn’t have enough sleep at night you feel hungrier the next day.

Drink water like a fish! Drinking plenty of water is almost the most effective weight loss secret. Water has no calories, cleanses out your system, and keeps your body full of oxygen. Choosing a glass of water over a soda is weight wise move; as most commercial drinks are topped up in sugar and artificial sweeteners that later lengthen your belt. Ideally, you should drink six to eight glasses of water in a day.

Lastly, following a properly structured exercise routine never hurt anybody…at least not in the long run! Exercise not only improves your present physic but also your total health as you get older. Studies have shown that those who were consistent in their exercise when young, had fewer health related issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure later in life. Don’t be discouraged if after some time you don’t see too much progress on the man in the mirror. If you feel you are able to go through your exercise routine easier, then you are getting fitter. As in all things, the trick is to persevere!