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.

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Endometrial cancer prevention

Recent reports show, about 60 per cent of endometrial cancer cases are preventable, which is no doubt an interesting and surprising news. Before looking into the issue in detail let’s know what is an endometrial cancer is. Endometrial cancer, is a cancer of endometrium. Endometrium is the innermost  lining of uterus. When this lining is affected by cancer, we refer it as an endometrial cancer.

Now coming back to our discussion. There are two body hormones, which are related to endometrial cancer, namely estrogen and insulin. If their levels in blood rise the risk of cancer rises. Excessive body fat rises the formation of excess estrogen therefore contributing in occurrence of the cancer. On the other hand, excess diet with high glycaemic index like highly sugary diets can increase the cancer risk too. The combined effects may rise estrogen and insulin levels in blood and cause cancer.

Henceforth, efforts to decrease the body fat and high sugary diets, may aid in reducing the risk of cancer. In addition, consuming coffee may be beneficial, since coffee is rich in antioxidants, which too are said to provide some sort of cancer protection.

Uterus and uterine tubes.

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: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_140561.html

Obesity in football fans

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Did you ever wonder how sports fans can become fat? Here is something very interesting for sports loving people. Recent studies show that football lovers tend to eat a lot of high calorie sugary-junk food when the team they support loss the match. This is so probably because the fans want to heal their pain of loss by means of eating a lot of junk food. Therefore, such fans of teams which loss matches regularly are more prone to the risk of gaining weight, and this may lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure etc. May a time come when simply by seeing the number of obese fans a team has in the football stadium gallery, one can predict how frequently that specific team football losses a match. Similarly, this should encourage football team coaches and players to win the matches rather than frequent losses, to keep their fans healthy, by keeping them away from such junk food habits.

However, such high calorie diet consumption is probably not related to football team fans of the losing team only. In many other depressing instances too, like after getting a bad score in exams few people are prompted to eat such junk food in huge amounts, may be studies in future will unfold if such is also true and relevant.

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Fecal therapy to treat obesity

Today, we will glance to something new about obesity. This stubborn problem seems like never solvable and many million dollar industries run all around the world just because of this one health problem. Currently in the market following are available- exercise tips and tools, slimming oil, slimming tea, slimming surgeries, slimming capsules and lot more.

But something which is yet not available and may be introduced in future is probably stool transplant therapy. If you are wondering about what is that, here are some hints- doctor’s will take some of the faeces from a thin person and will introduce it into the gut of a fat person. Such may be done because, gut bacteria of a fat person is also alleged for his/her fatness. However, it’s not important immediately wether you are ready to take another person’s poop in your body or not, since the experiment is still in the level of mice in the laboratory, so it may take some time to finally get approved for humans, if at all it gets approval. In labs, mice received stool transplant from thin individuals and were fed with all sort of unhealthy junk food, but they didn’t become obese. It seems that thin people have good bacteria in their gut which are more efficient in handling body fat. Well, if you are obese you may have the right now to feel jealous on a thin guy eating in front of you, your favourite junk diets but gains little pounds just merely because of harbouring some good microbes.

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...
For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_140393.html

Pregnancy & weight control

In this era there are talks related to obesity of various types adult obesity, childhood obesity, teenage obesity etc. One interesting form is pregnancy related obesity. Obviously gaining some amount of weight during pregnancy months is natural but too much of it may not be good too. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can cause various problems in to the mother and baby. Mother may get a complication called preeclampsia, in which blood pressure is higher than normal and also proteins get excreted via urine. Furthermore the mother may continue to be obese even after the pregnancy is over and may have to deal with its own consequences. On the other hand the baby will be more prone to develop childhood obesity. Therefore a good control on mothers weight during pregnancy is essential. For better control of body weight latest studies suggest to stay active throughout the day. In literate world today pregnancy is honored and overvalued and which probably leads to over-care. In common mans dictionary good care mostly equates a plenty of bed rest although that may not hold true every time.

Henceforth, trying to maintaining an active lifestyle throughout the pregnancy months may be the most wise step to have a good control over body weight. Finally check out with your health care provider how much activity is appropriate for you.

What scientists call "Overweight" ch...
What scientists call “Overweight” changes with our knowledge of human health

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_140031.html