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Healthy Ageing – Adding Years to Life and Life to Years.

Death is inevitable, but the life of protracted ill-health is not. Introduction The world is undergoing a huge age shift. In this day and age, most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. According to the data from the World Population Ageing 2017 (Highlights) and the World Population Ageing 2019 (Highlights) of… Continue reading Healthy Ageing – Adding Years to Life and Life to Years.

Weight Loss Maintenance After Weight Loss.

Introduction Before I discuss the main topic of weight loss maintenance, it would help to give you a brief overview of obesity. The world is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. In my post ‘What is obesity – is it merely about BMI?‘ I had defined obesity as “excessive body fat accumulation (not weighing too… Continue reading Weight Loss Maintenance After Weight Loss.

Exercise is Medicine: but a grossly underutilised therapy

Introduction Exercise is being increasingly recognised to play an important role not only in the prevention but treatment as well of multiple lifestyle diseases (chronic diseases), health conditions and risk factors associated with these. In view of the above, exercise is now aptly being recognised as medicine. It is the cornerstone of lifestyle modification to… Continue reading Exercise is Medicine: but a grossly underutilised therapy

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

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!