As the saying goes, ”you are what you eat”.
Stigma- ”A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person”.
Synonym- Shame, Disgrace, Dishonour!
The stigma surrounding obesity and overweight people is horrible and a number of people have experienced it.
Weight stigma refers to negative behavior and attitude that are directed towards individual solely because of their weight.
Obesity affects people of all ages, geographies and socioeconomic backgrounds. For too long the discussions around obesity has been fixed on individual responsibility. This misleading narrative must end. It’s time for a new obesity narrative.
I know losing weight is a challenge, especially in the current age where unhealthy, high-calorie foods lacking in nutrients are so easily available. It’s never too early or too late to work towards being a healthier you.
Take control of the food you eat and food will no longer control you.
Live a healthy lifestyle for a healthy weight.
|Check your weight before its too late
A person who has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 more can be referred to as obese. Be healthy & keep your BMI checked on a regular basis. Body Mass Index is a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by his or her height in meters squared.
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR BMI
1. Convert your weight from pounds to kilograms.
Your weight (in pounds) ÷ 2.2 = your weight (in kilograms). For example, 132 pounds ÷ 2.2 kilograms = 60 kilograms.
2. Convert your height from inches to meters.
Your height (in inches) ÷ 39.37 = your height (in meters). For example, 65 inches ÷ 39.37 meters = 1.65 meters.
3. Calculate your Body Mass Index.
Your weight (in kilograms) ÷ [your height (in meters) x your height (in meters)] = BMI. For example, 60 kilograms ÷ (1.65 meters x 1.65 meters) = 22.03.
TOP TWELVE DISEASES LINKED TO OBESITY
1. High blood pressure
3. Heart disease
4. High cholesterol
6. Erectile dysfunction
7. Back pain
8. Skin infections
11. Spine problem
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT OBESITY?
1. Follow a healthy diet
2. Reduce the consumption of sugar and sweetened drinks
3. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle
TIPS TO BURN BELLY FAT AND FIGHT OBESITY
1. Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables by including different types and colors every day – they are low in calories but high in many essential nutrients like fiber, which can keep you feeling full for longer periods of time and aid in weight loss.
2. Consume complex carbohydrates – they are found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, which are also good sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Include whole grains, legumes or beans, nuts and seeds in your diet.
3. Opt for lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, which contain a good amount of protein that reduces your appetite and boosts metabolism.
4. Choose mostly low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt cheese and/or their alternatives (but reduced-fat milk is not suitable for children under 2 years)
5. Avoid or limit intake of processed and junk foods that contain saturated fat, added salt, added sugars.
6. Drink plenty of water throughout the day – replace high-calorie beverages with water and other healthier options.
7. Always have breakfast – a healthy breakfast rich in protein can have a huge impact on your appetite and help you lose weight.
8. Don’t forget to watch your portion sizes – you can do this by using smaller dishes at meals, serving the right portion amounts of food and not going back for seconds. Portion control is vital for weight management.
9. Maintain a bedtime routine to get enough sleep each night and manage stress.
All human being deserves love, support, respect and help in fighting any illness or diseases that are crippling them! Be kind and let’s stop weight stigma from being the most socially acceptable form of discrimination which is just wrong.
Credits; Times Now News