Weight Loss

Weight loss is a perpetual burden for more than half of the world’s population. Weight loss is a desirable situation for some people and a necessary solution for those who are severely overweight and obese. Overweight and obesity are both labels for the ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered to be healthy for a given height. These terms are also used to define an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the body that may impair health and increase the likelihood of certain diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines "overweight" as a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 25 and "obesity" as a BMI of at least 30. BMI is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adult populations and individuals. It is defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg/m2).
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Why do people gain weight?

The primary cause of weight gain is that the amount of calories that are expended is less than the amount of calories that are consumed. Several factors can contribute to this energy imbalance and poor lifestyle choices have aggravated this problem to a great extent. There has been a steep rise in the intake of high calorie foods that are rich in fats and sugars but low in vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. The problem is compounded by the overall decrease in physical activity because of sedentary lifestyle, dependence on vehicular transport, and increase in urbanization.

Obesity is observed in men, women, and children alike. Children are now more interested in watching television and exploring the internet instead of in playing outdoors.

The three types of food that entice most children are those that are greasy, salty, and sugary. If children are given a choice, they would prefer to consume French fries instead of celery sticks and the children-centric marketing of processed food and the abundance of unhealthy products in our supermarkets have done nothing to avert this trend.

It appears that overeating and obesity are only problems for people who live in developed countries, but this is not entirely true. Ironically, poverty is also one of the causes of obesity. Junk food or food with zero or little nutritional value is cheaper and more easily available than healthy food. Therefore, those who are living below the poverty line, those who are responsible for providing food for many people, and those who cannot afford to spend money on healthy food consume a large amount of these “filler” foods with empty calories.

Obesity may also be hereditary. Scientists believe that some people are born with “overweight” genes, and poor living habits such as overeating and lack of exercise only intensify this problem. Weight gain during pregnancy is normal, but some women retain a large amount of excess weight post-delivery. Anyone who does not adequately care for his or her body and abuses it by overeating, eating unhealthy foods, and lacking physical activity is at risk of being overweight.
Overweight and obesity lead to serious health consequences such as cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis and even cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).

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