October 24, 2020

The Rising Issue Of Obesity In Pakistan; What’s The Whole Picture?

Charcha against Obesity

Find yourself hungry often? Can’t keep your hands off those delicious calories? Why should you anyway? Life is too short for you to restrain. However as it turns out if you don’t, you may find obesity making your life shorter than it is to be.

What is Obesity?

Obesity often referred to as the ‘Slow death’, is a chronic medical disease. It is the stairway to diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and many different types of cancers. A large intake of calories and a sedentary lifestyle is the perfect way to acquire this disease.

Any adult with a BMI of more than 30.0 is obese. Newer research suggests that factors that are out of your control can also be the cause of obesity. Factors such as genetics and an erratic sleep schedule.

Dangers of Obesity

The main problem with obesity is its high relapse rate. Patients who treated the disease, relapsed within 5 years of their treatment. Therefore, its treatment requires commitment and lifelong cultivation of a healthy diet. This renders any short-term fix as an immediate failure.

According to statistics from WHO, worldwide obesity has tripled ever since the 20th century. By 2019, obesity had affected more than 38 million children under the age of 5 around the globe. 40% of the adults were overweight out of which 15% were obese. However, they also found out that obesity was preventable and so measures took place accordingly.

Obesity, an up-coming crisis for Pakistan?

Pakistan is no exception to this either and is under grave threat as a survey conducted by WHO reported that 58.1% of people were overweight and 43.9% of them were obese. These are fresh statistics of 2020 that represent an alarming concern. Another report by the World Obesity Foundation posted that the figure for the obese children within Pakistan would grow well beyond 5 million by the end of 2030. And in this list, Pakistan ranks 9th, with China, India, and United States ranking at the top 3.

The prevalence of this disease is a cause for great concern among doctors as this disease itself is the mother of several other diseases.

Prof Abdul Basit, a member of the IDF Diabetes Atlas Committee in Pakistan, was reported to have said that:

“Obesity is known to cause 23 different diseases. From hypertension to diabetes and from cardiac issues to arthritis, there are a number of diseases that one develops mainly due to obesity. It’s a disease we usually invite through our lifestyle and casual approach. Better lifestyle and a healthy diet can help you prevent obesity and diseases linked to it.”

Verdict

It is high time that we understand the importance of a lifestyle that consists of a balance of daily exercise, a healthy diet, and a stress-free routine. Daily 20 to 30 minutes of walking as well as reducing high fat and calorie intake by replacing it with nutritional foods such as fruits, whole-wheat and lean protein can prove to be very healthy in the long run. It is no joke that governments around the world are treating this problem with the utmost consideration and emphasis on living a healthier lifestyle, one that doesn’t kill you.

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