Tag Archives: Obesity

Which weight loss program to choose?

Once you have made up your mind to go for weight loss, next thing that will possibly come to your mind is which weight loss program to choose. Today weight loss programs make up a huge business and plenty of such websites are found online. Weight loss programs range from herbal medications to gym equipment to a lot more.

And simultaneously most such campaigners will give you guarantee to decrease your weight in certain number of days or to give your money back if you don’t loss weight. Now the question is how safe are these products for your health. To make sure consult with a healthcare provider before going for particular products.

However, you should know that, its not wise to suddenly loss huge amount of body weight by fasting etc. Gradual weight loss with good lifestyle changes is the ideal thing to do.

Joining a weight loss program and spending huge amount of money for that is always not necessary. Proper knowledge about good lifestyle changes and dietary habits and sticking to them as much as possible is helpful.

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Reduce ads, protect children from obesity

Childhood obesity is a widely discussed topic among doctors since these can predispose a child to various diseases like diabetes, heart disease etc. as they grow up and eventually affecting their adult life. Not all childhood obesity are attributed to heredity or family history. Mostly they are due to excessive consumption of high calorie foods rich in saturated fat, trans fat, sugar etc. In today’s discussion we will try to see what is contributing in their increasingly high caloric intake.

Informed parents will always try to protect their children from bad food products. But parents who lack the necessary information may not be able to decide what type of food they should give less. But it’s not always the parents fault. Have you ever tried to notice how lucrative are advertisements of food commodities high in sugar, salt and bad fats are? The current day advertisement culture and their stunning presentation make even adults believe that those are essential for healthy living so, it’s quite obvious children will fall prey to those classifieds.

The above scenario is common to most parts of the world while in the developing world it will probably have another point added to it that is adulteration. In developing nations the opportunity of adulteration is much higher than developed countries since food authorities are either reluctant about the quality of food or notoriously corrupt. If you taste a same brand’s soft drink in US and then taste it in a developing country you may appreciate the difference. They taste bizarre and toxic in poor nations, however companies seem to attempt masking those taste imperfections by making those drinks highly sugary along with the beautiful ads by the celebrities. Young minds tend to float first, when they see their favorite actor or actresses consuming those drinks in the ads.

Recently international health organisations also urged about effects of these stunning ads of unhealthy food products on children. Ads may be of smoking or of such high calorie foods are needed to be controlled in stricter manner to protect our future generations, other wise we will have the world overburdened with obesity, diabetes, stroke,heart disease, cancer etc. We are already having millions affected by this decade and let’s not allow this toll to rise. Even may governments don’t take appropriate steps we need to be informed and protect ourselves. So share this information with your close near and dear ones and contribute to health of our future generations, may be silently. Your whisper can make their health roar with happiness, someday!

English: McDonald's patron, 2006.
English: McDonald’s patron, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_137937.html

Benefits of obesity

Obesity is frequently blamed for various health ailments. Obesity also makes the obese people sad because they are commonly criticized for their excessive weight. However, there are few benefits of being obese, health wise. Here we will look into two such health related benefits that an obese individual may have by being obese.

First, in osteoporosis, people with higher body mass index (which includes overweight, obese) are less likely to develop the disease. Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the bone density and mass reduces and makes bones prone to fractures. Underweight individuals are more prone to develop this disease.

Second, in diabetes, according to a recent finding, obese old  people with diabetes have lower death rate than their less weight counterparts. The reason is yet not understood.

Read the excerpt:

Death rates in those with type 2 diabetes, however, were lower among obese patients compared to normal-weight patients. But this survival benefit was seen only among the oldest patients while the youngest obese patients had a higher risk of dying, the researchers reported.

For overweight and obese diabetic patients aged 67 and older, the risk of dying was between 18 and 25 percent lower compared to diabetic patients with a normal weight, the study found.

Although the study found associations between being older and having a lower death risk among diabetes patients, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

via Could Obesity Help Older People With Type 2 Diabetes?: MedlinePlus.

Nevertheless, obesity is probably not encouregeable, since the adverse points of it outnumbers its benefits. Obesity is related stroke, heart attacks, high blood lipids, hypertension and so on.

You may share your opinions below in the comments section. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: link1, link2