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Weight Bias: pervasive yet hidden harm of obesity

Introduction Worldwide prevalence of obesity has been increasing at a menacing pace. As per WHO data, the incidence of obesity worldwide has tripled since 1975. As discussed in my post ‘Is obesity a disease or a risk factor for other conditions?’ in 2016 more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight; of… Continue reading Weight Bias: pervasive yet hidden harm of obesity

Complications of Obesity: the mother of all diseases

Introduction In my post ‘What is Obesity – is it merely about BMI? I had discussed the definition of obesity, as laid down by the WHO, as “A condition of abnormal or excessive body fat accumulation, to the extent that health may be impaired.” People who are obese are at increased risk for many serious… Continue reading Complications of Obesity: the mother of all diseases

Childhood obesity: a serious public health challenge.

Introduction Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions and is today one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global; even though, more recently the childhood obesity rates appear to be plateauing in high-income countries, albeit at unacceptably high levels, they continue to soar in low- and middle-income countries.… Continue reading Childhood obesity: a serious public health challenge.

Waist Size: Measure your waist, measure your risk.

Introduction In 1997 the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Consultation on Obesity recognised the importance of abdominal fat mass (referred to as abdominal, central or visceral obesity), which can vary considerably within a narrow range of total body fat and body mass index (BMI). It also highlighted the need for other indicators to complement the… Continue reading Waist Size: Measure your waist, measure your risk.

Body Mass Index (BMI) – is it the best measure of obesity?

Introduction           In my post “What is Obesity – is it merely about BMI? What is obesity? I had defined obesity as an abnormal accumulation of fat such that health is impaired. Body Mass Index is the most widely used measure of identifying obesity. However, in my post, I had cautioned that contrary to the general… Continue reading Body Mass Index (BMI) – is it the best measure of obesity?

Normal Weight Obesity – a myth or a reality?

Introduction There is a widely prevalent myth amongst the populace that normal body weight always equals healthy weight and they do not need to worry about practising healthy lifestyle behaviours. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Normal weight obesity is well recognised entity. In my post “What is obesity – is it merely… Continue reading Normal Weight Obesity – a myth or a reality?

What is obesity – is it merely about BMI?

Introduction In my earlier post “Is obesity a disease or a risk factor for other conditions”? I had highlighted that now obesity is recognised universally as ‘a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease process.’ However, misconceptions still abound about ‘what is obesity’, not only in the public at large but even among the health professionals. Traditionally, when… Continue reading What is obesity – is it merely about BMI?

Is obesity a disease or a risk factor for other conditions?

Introduction As I begin writing about obesity on my blog, I want to start by addressing a fundamental question – Is obesity a disease? Or it is primarily a risk factor for other conditions rather than a disease in its own right? What is obesity? The issue has been historically debated. The need to address… Continue reading Is obesity a disease or a risk factor for other conditions?

Chronic Diseases: the Silent Killers

Introduction Chronic diseases, also known as noncommunicable diseases or lifestyle diseases, are the leading killers and cause an unacceptable number of people to die prematurely and often after years of needless suffering and disability. Is obesity a disease? Unfortunately, this trend is increasing at a rapid pace. As per the WHO data, while in the… Continue reading Chronic Diseases: the Silent Killers

Lifestyle-Related Diseases – the Biggest Man-Made Disaster!

Introduction When one hears of the term ‘man-made’ disasters, the incidents that instantaneously come to mind are industrial accidents, nuclear disasters, stampedes, fires, and oil spills. No doubt these incidents have caused innumerable loss of lives and environmental damage, however, lifestyle diseases are the leading killers globally. As they are mostly caused by the ‘way… Continue reading Lifestyle-Related Diseases – the Biggest Man-Made Disaster!

In the Rapid Commercialization of the Wellness Industry, are we Losing its Essence?

Wellness sells, and people are buying. But are they choosing ‘fleeting fancy’ over ‘lasting change’? Introduction Wellness is today a buzzword in the health industry. Wellness sells, and people are buying. The wellness industry is growing at a frenetic pace. This can be gauged from the data released by the Global Wellness Institute. The global… Continue reading In the Rapid Commercialization of the Wellness Industry, are we Losing its Essence?

Holistic Health Approaches: the Way to Wellness

Introduction As I begin my new blog, it would be prudent to explain the terms ‘Wellness’ and ‘Holistic Health’; both today buzzwords in the health industry. Health, as we commonly understand as a layman, is the “absence of disease.” However, even though, people may lack the physical symptoms of a disease, they may still be… Continue reading Holistic Health Approaches: the Way to Wellness