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Obesity In Some Countries Is At Its Alarming Rates

Mar 13, 2017 08:53 AM EDT


In some countries, obesity might be the next health issue as more and more people are becoming obese. In India, 20.6 percent of women are obese while there is 18.6 percent of men are obese.

The BMI or body mass index is the one that determines people's obesity. It is gotten after a person's weight in kilograms is divided by his or her height squared in centimeters. About one-fifth of Indian women or 20.7 percent are obese, according to the National Family Health Survey 4. It was conducted during 2015 to 2016, the newest in the series.

More accurately, in the urban areas, there is 31.3 percent of obese Indian women in the age group of 15-49 are overweight. Meanwhile, about 15 percent of rural women is overweight. These figures almost doubled the last survey, which was only 12.6 percent. On the other hand, men really did double their number. About 18.6 percent of all men are overweight. It increased from the 2005 - 2006 survey of 9.3 percent. In the urban area, the percentage is 26.3 while in the rural side is only 14.3 percent, reported Deccan Chronicle

 "Obesity is caused by our sedentary lifestyles," says Dr. Vinay Sridhar, a practicing general physician. People nowadays spend their time in front of their television, mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets to entertain themselves. The fact that people do those led to exercising less and more fat in the body. Not only those contribute to obesity but work tension, irregular working hours and irregular eating habits too, added Dr. Satish of NMPC hospital.

Those are surveys from India, in the U.S., it is almost the same. More and more people are becoming obese and there are few people who exercise, said The Sydney Morning Herald. Almost 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, unlike in 2004, which only 62 percent and in 1994, which is 53 percent. Meanwhile, Australia is not falling behind. About 64 percent are obese and overweight, found a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare last December.

With the new perspective about body weight, people are slightly confident that they do not need to lose weight even though it affects their health. If they see someone overweight and obese and thinks they are fine, they would follow that person's footsteps.

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