Be Informed About Obesity
Our modern lifestyle includes spending too much time sitting, eating junk food and processed food, not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and not getting enough exercise. All of these factors contribute to weight gain. Uncontrolled weight gain can lead to obesity.
The difference between being overweight and obese is determined by the Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI can be calculated by dividing your weight in kgs by the square of your height in metres, you can also find BMI calculators online. For adults, the normal BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. Between 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and 30 and above is obese.
Obesity can lead to other health problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a higher risk of stroke. A few simple daily habits like exercising for 30 minutes a day, eating less sugar and fast food, and eating more fruits and vegetables can help prevent obesity. Get medical help if you gain weight too quickly.
Source for statistics: NCBI & National Family Health Survey, 2005-06