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Anti-Obesity Day 2010

  • Anti-Obesity Day is observed all over India on November 26th every year. The anti-obesity efforts for 2010 seek to educate the public about the health risks of obesity and the best ways to manage weight.
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    Anti-Obesity Day is observed all over India on November 26th every year. The anti-obesity efforts for 2010 seek to educate the public about the health risks of obesity and the best ways to manage weight.

  • About 30 million Indians are obese and around 20 per cent of school-going children are overweight, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). Prevalence of obesity is increasing in epidemic proportions worldwide especially in developed countries, and the problem in India is also increasing, the survey said.
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    About 30 million Indians are obese and around 20 per cent of school-going children are overweight, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). Prevalence of obesity is increasing in epidemic proportions worldwide especially in developed countries, and the problem in India is also increasing, the survey said.

  • Most of the recreational activities of Indians, be it urban India or rural India, are centered around food. Whether it
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    Most of the recreational activities of Indians, be it urban India or rural India, are centered around food. Whether it's a get-to-gather, a party, a wedding, a picnic or anything, nothing happens without food. This promotes overeating, which results in weight gain and obesity.

  • A sedentary life style is directly related to obesity. The most important cause is the imbalance between the energy intake and output. Energy is obtained from the food one eats and is required to carry out the daily activities, and the body functions, which are going on even when one is sleeping. The extra energy which is not used by the body is stored as fat. Eating more than one need causes obesity because the excess energy supplied to the body gets converted into fat. On the expenditure side, if a person is physically less active then less energy is utilised and more is converted to fat.
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    A sedentary life style is directly related to obesity. The most important cause is the imbalance between the energy intake and output. Energy is obtained from the food one eats and is required to carry out the daily activities, and the body functions, which are going on even when one is sleeping. The extra energy which is not used by the body is stored as fat. Eating more than one need causes obesity because the excess energy supplied to the body gets converted into fat. On the expenditure side, if a person is physically less active then less energy is utilised and more is converted to fat.

  • Indians are famous for eating fried and oily food. Eating <i>pakoras</i>, <i>kachoris</i>, fried potatoes and <i>tikkis</i> is OK once a while. But eating these food items on a regular basis make us fat.
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    Indians are famous for eating fried and oily food. Eating pakoras, kachoris, fried potatoes and tikkis is OK once a while. But eating these food items on a regular basis make us fat.

  • Addictive eating causes obesity only in 20 - 25 % obese population only. But still, it is a major factor contributing to weight gain. There is some evidence that some foods actually have chemicals in them to cause them to be somewhat addictive. Many people become addictive to junk food, sodas, pizzas etc.
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    Addictive eating causes obesity only in 20 - 25 % obese population only. But still, it is a major factor contributing to weight gain. There is some evidence that some foods actually have chemicals in them to cause them to be somewhat addictive. Many people become addictive to junk food, sodas, pizzas etc.

  • Some medications like steroids, birth control pills and anti-depressants cause lead to obesity.
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    Some medications like steroids, birth control pills and anti-depressants cause lead to obesity.

  • Genes influence how the body burns calories or stores fat. Children of obese parents are 10 times likely to be obese than those of non-obese parents. Apart from genetic causes, this is also because of environmental factors since the children and parents share the same dietary habits.
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    Genes influence how the body burns calories or stores fat. Children of obese parents are 10 times likely to be obese than those of non-obese parents. Apart from genetic causes, this is also because of environmental factors since the children and parents share the same dietary habits.

  • Diseases like thyroid and diabetes are also responsible for making people gain weight.
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    Diseases like thyroid and diabetes are also responsible for making people gain weight.

  • In some rare cases, hormonal imbalance, such as overactivity of the adrenal glands or underactivity of the thyroid gland, can also cause obesity. Injury or inflammation of the hypothalamus can interfere with the appetite centre and thereby cause obesity.
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    In some rare cases, hormonal imbalance, such as overactivity of the adrenal glands or underactivity of the thyroid gland, can also cause obesity. Injury or inflammation of the hypothalamus can interfere with the appetite centre and thereby cause obesity.

  • India is following a trend of other developing countries that are steadily becoming more obese. Unhealthy, processed food has become much more accessible following India
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    India is following a trend of other developing countries that are steadily becoming more obese. Unhealthy, processed food has become much more accessible following India's continued integration in global food markets. Indians are genetically susceptible to weight accumulation especially around the waist.

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