Every year, anti-obesity day is being celebrated all over the world on November 26. This reminds us not to eat junk foods, high calorie foods like soft drinks and high fat containing foods like fried foods. Obesity, mainly prevalent in developed western countries, leads to many health disorders. As per WHO data, every year 2.8 million adults are dying due to overweight or obesity and 44% of diabetes cases, 23% of ischaemic heart diseases are being reported due to obesity or overweight. A number of studies (239) conducted on more than one crore people in 32 countries indicated that overweight is also causing premature deaths in many men. It is the fifth leading risk factor for global deaths. As per WHO data for the year 2014, of the > 1.9 billion overweight adults (above 18 years) over 600 million were obese and 41 million children below the age of 5 years were found to be overweight or obese. With changed food habits number of cases of obese is increasing even in our country. Avoiding junk foods and beverages can control obesity. Timely meals and proper exercise can keep the weight under control. A very recent report from a national test house indicated presence of heavy metals, which are harmful to health, in 5 different brands of soft drinks manufactured by two multinational companies. Maintaining the BMI between 18.5 and below 24.9 is recommended. As obesity is preventable, people should take care to control it and to lead a healthy life.
Dr S V N Vijayendra, Mysuru