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Obesity – blowing up to alarming proportions?

By Randy Collins Subscribe to RSS | December 19th 2011 | Views:

Obesity is not just about being fat. Gone are the days when a person was referred to as being fat, genial and harmless. Nor can it be any longer called a sign of prosperity. He can still be fat and genial; however he is no longer harmless. He is doing great harm to himself. He is accomplishing this by doing nothing – about his excessive body weight, in other words, Obesity. Little does he realize about the big problems he is going to encounter in life in the near future. Do we have any inkling about when this condition sets in? Is there a way that one can be forewarned? The answer is yes – one should look out for subtle hints being given by the system that something is wrong. Have you ever gone breathless after doing a simple task like bending down and tying up your shoe-laces? Have you been gasping for breath and gone red all over your face? If yes, you need to watch out. Examine yourself and check the abdominal area and see if it looks enlarged. If it is, then there is no doubt about it, you are on your way to becoming classified as Obese.

To add to the above symptoms if you feel lethargic most of the time and your facial features are disproportionate, you need to give serious thought about arresting this curse right away. A case of full blown Obesity (pun intended) can lead to a lot of complications and ultimately a plethora of illnesses like diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and some types of cancer too. When the weight becomes unbearable for the two legs on which the entire body’s weight rests squarely on, it could lead to osteoarthritis a painful condition that on well do without. As it is already difficult to be active and even the smallest of movements require great effort, however, the requirement of food intake remains and in some cases can increase due to sheer gluttony. This can seal the fate of a person already doomed.

One way of keeping track and checking if a person is Obese or not would be by finding out what is called the Body Mass Index or BMI, which is calculated by dividing a person’s weight by his/her height squared. The normal or healthy range for men would be 20 to 25 and for women the same would be 19 to 24. Anything in the range of 26 to 30 for him and 25 to 30 for her would be considered overweight and above 30 is definitely Obese. However, it is not enough to keep track of the BMI, we need to do something about it. The right course would be to seek professional help. More importantly, religiously following the advice given by the doctor is more important. It is possible to put a check on the weight and to even reduce it gradually, yet steadily with small sacrifices and big efforts. Avoiding food that is taboo would be a good start. A good nutritionist should be able to make a chart containing the list of types of food that would be best and the frequency of meals as well.

A regime of physical exercises combined with yoga and meditation should go a long way in helping fight this scourge. A fitness expert should be able to devise a set of easy exercises that should be made part of the daily routine. In yoga a rhythmic breathing exercise called pranayama would be of immense benefit. Roughly translated it means controlled breathing. A person needs to just spend 15 minutes a day to reap the benefits of this gift from the land of mysticism. More information about programs devoted to health and wellness may be viewed on programs aired by many service providers like Dish TV.

Randy Collins - About Author:
Randy Collins is a freelance writer who keenly watches health and wellness shows on his TV connected to Dish TV.

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