Overweight People Are Now Average
Now that should not be worrisome at all, in fact fashion styles should soon change to cater for the “average” population. But, dear readers this is ringing alarm bells world over for an increase in morbidity. Fitting into the latest fashion trend is not worth celebrating when our health is at stake.
I do not profess being skinny or a size 0. What I want my readers to understand and appreciate is that a normal body weight is required to have a disease free happy life and the first step towards it is the realization of being overweight. Most of us tend to grow obese after we start accepting a little weight gain. We blame it on various things from seasons to hormones to festivals and slowly but surely our waistline keeps increasing. Most of us try to lose a few kilos or inches but the hectic life takes its toll in the end. What is surprising is that a lot of us even after reaching a level of moderate obesity do not realize it. We tend to postpone our endeavours to lose weight not understanding that the more weight gain there is more difficult it will get to lose it.
I again stress on the fact that the time is now, not tomorrow, not a week later. It is not just for skinny jeans that we need to work out, it’s for our health. And the biggest killer on the rise owing to obesity is Diabetes Mellitus.
Sure faulty genes play a role in diabetes but let me warn you that it’s not just the genes that are wreaking havoc. Studies have shown that people who otherwise have had no family history of diabetes can develop diabetes even in a younger age group owing to obesity. It is shocking to know that in such people (even with normal blood glucose levels) damage begins much before they are diagnosed. It is mostly at this stage that the pancreas (insulin producer of the body) wear themselves out secreting enough insulin to keep blood glucose under check. Once the pancreas get exhausted trying to keep pace with our intake we land up with raised blood glucose and hence Diabetes.
While controlling what we eat, we tend to maintain a normal glucose level in the blood without putting undue pressure on our pancreatic cells. Adding exercise to our routine makes sure that the cells do not become resistant to insulin and burn out the excess energy that eventually turns into fat in our body. It’s not only the blood glucose level we need to worry about. Obesity causes high cholesterol that ultimately blocks arteries and causes Coronary heart diseases.
The reasons to fear developing Diabetes are obvious. Apart from damaging every system in the body starting from eyes to kidneys to nerves, one thing most of us will regret is eating what we want and when we want it. That is why I have been insisting on controlling what we eat now and burning out the calories so that our choices and whims do not get limited later.
“It’s not just for those jeans
It’s for being fit
It’s not all about the genes
It’s about knowing your limit.”