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‘Fat but Fit’ Paradox – Unravelling the Truth

Introduction Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease; in my post titled Is obesity a disease or a risk factor for other conditions? I had discussed the magnitude of obesity and why obesity is associated with so much ill-health. However, there are no easy solutions to obesity and managing your body weight is… Continue reading ‘Fat but Fit’ Paradox – Unravelling the Truth

Metabolically Healthy Obesity – A Myth or a Reality?

Introduction In my post titled What is obesity – is it merely about BMI? I had discussed, how obesity is defined, the composition of the human body, and fat patterning as well as factors affecting total body fat and fat patterning. Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease; in my post titled Is… Continue reading Metabolically Healthy Obesity – A Myth or a Reality?

Does obesity hit a point of no return?

Introduction In my post titled What is obesity – is it merely about BMI? I had discussed, how obesity is defined, the composition of the human body, and fat patterning as well as factors affecting total body fat and fat patterning. Obesity is now recognized as a serious chronic disease; in my post titled Is… Continue reading Does obesity hit a point of no return?

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.

Say NO to Fad diets

Introduction   The world is in the grip of an obesity epidemic; additionally, a “fad diet” industry has arisen. Worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975. It is a chronic and multifactorial disease and one of the most important causes of morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. In my post, Is obesity a disease or risk factor for… Continue reading Say NO to Fad diets

Keto Diet – Debunking the Myth

Introduction Obesity continues to be a major worldwide health problem, despite the efforts of the medical community. Intensive lifestyle interventions can achieve weight loss that is sustained over the long-term. Diet is an important component of any lifestyle intervention programme. The dietary plan that restricts energy and fat is the most common strategy and based… Continue reading Keto Diet – Debunking the Myth

Very Low-Calorie Diet – All You Need to Know!

Introduction In my post Diet Plan for Weight Loss – It’s going to be a journey, I had described various options for treatment of obesity. As highlighted there, the core principle of any obesity treatment is that it must shift the balance between energy intake and energy expenditure – treating obesity requires creating a state… Continue reading Very Low-Calorie Diet – All You Need to Know!

Diet Plan for Weight Loss – It’s going to be a journey.

Introduction Before I discuss the diet plan for weight loss, the subject matter of this post, it would be worthwhile to discuss certain salient aspects of obesity. Obesity is a multifactorial disease and is the result of a complex interplay of genetic, environmental, metabolic, physiologic, behavioural and social factors; the underlying mechanism is a sustained… Continue reading Diet Plan for Weight Loss – It’s going to be a journey.

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?