Obesity means weight greater than what is appropriate for good health. Weight is a crude measurement, and it needs to be adjusted against the height of the person and is also better judged when we divide the weight into fat and muscle components. Why are we worried about obesity? Because excess fat leads to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, knee osteoarthritis and a host of other medical conditions.
However, the greatest impact of excess weight is on women; on their mental health, self-esteem, and quality of life. Weight gain is an inexorable upward trajectory for most women as they get married, have children and attain menopause.
I believe the best way to lose weight is to follow an eating pattern that is feasible in the long term (moderate carbs, good protein and fibre) under the supervision of a certified nutritionist for a longer period (1-2 years) rather than doing fast diets for short periods and lose weight at greater pace but end up regaining it. This needs to be combined with moderate to intermittent high-intensity exercise like walking, jogging, resistance exercises (weights, resistance bands) done at least five days a week on an ongoing basis.
Focus in any weight loss program is inch loss because that indicates fat loss and better health. Weight in kgs will happen, and inch loss is motivating to keep following the diet and exercise. I aim to gain confidence, self-esteem, and better quality of life for a woman.
The Gender Obesity ratio of a country is a direct reflection of its human development index and gender equality status. Women bear the brunt of obesity in low, middle as well as high-income countries due to various factors like access to good quality food, familial responsibility-taking precedence over personal health, traditional beliefs that weight is a mirror of fertility and nurturing ability.
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