India presently has over 7% population that are either obese or overweight. And the percentage goes on increasing each passing day, thanks to increase in intake of junk food and sedentary lifestyle. And if you thought that obese and overweight individuals are only limited to ugly appearance – you may be wrong.
Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bones in a joint)
• Dyslipidemia (high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
• Type 2 diabetes
• Coronary heart disease
• Gallbladder disease
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Some cancers (including endometrial, breast, and colon)
Obesity also increases the risk of developing disease. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, almost 70 percent of heart disease cases are linked to excess body fat, and obese people are more than twice as likely to develop hypertension. The risk of medical complications, particularly heart disease, increases when body fat is distributed around the waist, especially in the abdomen. This type of upper body fat distribution is more common in men than in women.
Obese women are at nearly twice the risk for developing breast cancer, and all obese people have a 42 percent higher chance of developing colorectal cancer. Almost 80 percent of patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus, also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, are obese.
Obese people also experience social and psychological problems. Stereotypes about “fat” people often translate into discriminatory practices in education, employment, and social relationships. The consequences of being obese in a world preoccupied with being thin are especially severe for women, whose appearance is often judged against an ideal of exaggerated slenderness.
Through my writing and personal consultation, I aspire to take the message of awareness of obesity to as many people as possible, through writing, blogs, seminars, conferences, online campaigns and dedicated team of volunteers.
Books written by me on obesity and general health to stay fit:
Good morning perfect weight program
Slim & fit in 100 days
Stay healthy – your best and biggest investment
- Aziz Ahmed is a Journalist for INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION and Author of number of obesity and weight loss books, such as Good Morning Perfect Weight Program and Slim & Fit in 100 days.
- Aziz plans to launch nationwide campaign by free consultation to obese patients.
- The campaign aims to distribute over 100,000 free books on the subject to diabetics and obese patients.
- The team of volunteers will achieve this target in period of 12 months.
- The initial target is India's 20 large cities.
- The books will be translated in number of common Indian languages.
Please note that Aziz Ahmed's Good Morning Perfect Weight Program book has already been distributed locally and internationally. It also has an Arabic version.
You can be part of my campaign to pass the message to all those in need.
The campaign to fight obesity will start soon.
The campaign plans to:
Provide free consultation to obese and diabetes patients.
Distribute free reading material across all major Indian cities.
The reading material will be provided in number of languages.
Over 100 volunteers will spearhead the campaign.
Number of medical practitioners will participate in the campaigns.
Free reading material will be available for reading at all major hospitals.