Benjamin Franklin once said that the only thing in life that was certain was death.
Obesity: the killer within
Today, it is almost just as certain that your death will be caused by food -- at least, from the health complications caused by obesity, the consequence of eating too much food.
So what exactly is obesity and what can be done about it?
What is obesity?
In simple terms, obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.
A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese, while a person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.
High BMI can result in cardiovascular diseases -- mainly heart disease and stroke -- diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, and cancers such as endometrial, breast and colon.
It's even more worrying for children.
Childhood obesity is associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability in adulthood. In addition, obese youngsters experience breathing difficulties, increased risk of fractures, hypertension, early markers of cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and psychological effects.
Some interesting facts (Ref: WHO):
With this alarming information in mind, it is time to rid ourselves of the habit of unhealthy eating.
But first, we need to know what foods to avoid and circumstances that make us binge eat. Let me list a few for you:
How do we control it?
I am not a dietitian. But as a person who was once overweight, here are a few tips that may help:
These tips have helped me, but that doesn't mean they'll be perfect for you. For expert advice, seek an appointment with a dietitian.
Got any tips or weightloss success stories you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them.