World Obesity Day is celebrated on the 11th of October each year. World obesity day is a movement of people suffering from Obesity and the organizations that support them across the globe.
The theme of World Obesity Day 2017 is "treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later." It will call for investment in treatment services to support people affected by obesity, early intervention to improve the success of treatment, and prevention to reduce the need for treatment.
The first World Obesity Day took place in 2015 aligning with the World Health Organization Commission report on Ending Childhood Obesity. World Obesity Day was launched to stimulate and support practical solutions to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and to reverse the obesity crisis.
World Obesity Day's aim is to increase awareness, encourage advocacy, improve policies, and share experiences. World Obesity Day's campaign reached over six million people in 2016, and with help, it can continue to grow year on year.
Obesity can be referred to as having too much fat in body tissues, which is different from being overweight. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height. Obesity occurs when you eat more calories than you need. The balance between the intake of calories and releasing calories differs for person to person. Factors that might affect your weight include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods, and not being physically active.
Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, types of cancers, Hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol at an early age.
Body mass index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults. It is defined as a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters (kg/m2).
How to identify if you are obese or not?
Calculate your Body Mass Index
BMI = Weight (kg) / Height (m2)
BMI < 18.5: Undernourished
BMI > 25: Overweight
Tips to reduce weight
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and less of fried foods.
- Eat fibre rich foods like whole grains, pulses and sprouts in your diet.
- Prefer to steam your vegetables rather than fry them.
- Eat small meals every 2-3 hours regularly rather than consuming large meals.
- Reduce the consumption of sugar, alcohol and fatty foods (in your diet).
- Exercise daily in order to keep your body weight under control.
- Prefer to climb stairs rather than using elevators or escalators.
- Avoid sitting in the same position for longer duration at your workplaces. Take short breaks frequently.
- Lose weight gradually. Avoid weight loss surgery unless advised for medical reasons.
Investing in the prevention, management and treatment of obesity is a cost-effective action for governments and health services. Investment can help achieve the 2025 targets set by the World Health Organization to halt the rise in obesity and to achieve a 25% relative reduction in mortality from NCDs.