Obesity, One Huge Problem Of Urban India


green tea helps control obesity

Green tea is known to help control obesity

This is the largest democracy in the world and is set to become the most populous country by around 2028 beating China. Along with such status, the countrymen have also been subjected to a lot of changes and turmoil, from stress induced health problems to the unparalleled diversity in cultural, religious, social, economical and political fronts.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.2 billion people worldwide are officially classified as overweight. This is probably the most sedentary generation of people in the history of the world. In the Indian scenario, even with the growing awareness about health and fitness, more than 3 percent (3 crores ) of the Indian population is obese.

– The OBESITY FOUNDATION INDIA (OFI), a non profit organization, offers those affected by obesity many valuable resources to begin educating themselves about the disease and advocating for access to safe and effective treatment.

And though the average wealth of Indians has been growing, and in-spite of the country gradually rising from poverty to prosperity, three demons have increased their presence: population, poverty, and corruption. The government of India has been actively engaged in addressing these issues and may proactively limit their presence. But there is a fourth demon that is lurking in the urban allies of India, and its really challenging for any government to control – Obesity; except of course by individuals themselves.

“According to McKinsey, the country’s cities are expected to grow from 340 million people in 2008 to a whopping 590 million in 2030.”

Obesity Info Graphic. Image: milkeninstitute.org

Obesity Info Graphic. Image: milkeninstitute.org

10 Reasons Why Obesity Stands In The Way Of True Prosperity

1.      Excess weight is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes

2.      Excess weight is known to bolster heart diseases

3.      Excess weight is also a leading cause of cancer

4.      Obesity, or excess weight also leads to back pain and breathing problems

5.      Obese people also face infertility problems

6.      Cost of curing such grave health problems adds to costs of families

7.      Money, that could have otherwise been invested on other priorities. Many lives

8.      Low self-esteem is another side effect of obesity that in turn affects quality of life

9.      Obese people report reduced productivity that reflects in workplace absenteeism

10.  Overall, obesity not only affects life expectancy, it also affects quality of life for all

Natural obesity treatment pyramid. image Credit: drsharma.ca

Natural obesity treatment pyramid. image Credit: drsharma.ca

Simple Green Therapies For Obese People In Your Family

Green tea, green tea catechins, and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have been demonstrated in cell culture and animal models of obesity to reduce adipocyte differentiation and proliferation, lipogenesis, fat mass, body weight, fat absorption, plasma levels of triglycerides, free fatty acids, cholesterol, glucose, insulin and leptin, as well as to increase beta-oxidation and thermogenesis.

- US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

In our next blog this month we are going to discuss simple green ways, very affordable and effective, by which obese people can cut down on fat in their bodies.

Till then, Happy Health to You!