Staying healthy and maintaining a diet which is fat free and fit is very difficult to adhere to and follow without being tempted. Obesity, a rising concern among the youths of today only seems to be increasing each year. With the rise of fast food chains and numerous number of sweet shops, getting tempted by them and going off track a healthy diet almost seems effortless.
According to WHO, obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Being obese leads to numerous health hazards such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and so on. Obesity is seen on a rise in the low and middle income countries according to the organization.
In a research conducted by the BMC Public Health in 2012, revealed shocking results wherein Kuwait was considered to be the heaviest country across the Middle East. This going to show how obesity is on the rise, followed by United States in second place. The other countries which followed United States are Qatar and Egypt in fourth and fifth place respectively with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the tenth place. According to a BMC Public Health journal report, “Tackling population fatness may be critical to world food security and ecological sustainability.”
Based on the report, an average adult in the U.A.E. and Qatar consumes over 3000 calories per day, with the recommended border line for men as 2500 and women as 2000 per day. A weakness for sweets, sheer laziness or otherwise known to be a couch potato, being an insomniac are some of the main reasons that causes a person to become obese. In order to lose the extra pounds, people often go on crash diet that will help them to shed the extra pounds in a matter of a few weeks or even sooner.
According to an article published in Gulf News, a senior doctor at the UAE Ministry of Health had warned the rise of people dying of non – communicable diseases such as heart diseases. Yet another alarming factor published was on how children are being less physically active and this will lead a larger part of the population to become obese by 2015, which is just 2 years away. Jon Dean, who runs a weight loss programme called the Spoon Fed Fitness in Saudi Arabia has urged people to do regular exercises in order to remain healthy and fit.
Often ones self esteem and confidence is affected due to the way they might look or with the kind of clothes they might wear. Being conscious of our body weight often tends to lead us to wear over sized clothes to hide all the extra flab or just stay in our homes or bedrooms away from the public eye and away from the criticism the world showers one with, this leading one to gain more weight.
To overcome this issue of obesity, it will only be possible when one takes it up as a personal challenge to reduce or shed those extra kilos to stay healthy. The only way one will be able to bring this “disease” under control, is when it is taken up with complete dedication to stay healthy by changing the diet plan, and at the same time, not completely changing the course of the meals that will harm the health in the future.