Weight Management-What Do We Do

  1. The state of being grossly fat or overweight is obesity. Obesity is a medical condition wherein the body has accumulated so much fat as to have a negative impact on the person’s health. Obesity does not just affect the person’s appearance but brings along with it a plethora of serious medical problems like increased risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension.
  2. The primary reason for a person to become obese is the imbalance between the rates of intake of calories and the burning of calories. If a person consumes more calories than his body burns, these calories will be converted into fat and will be stored in the body.
  3. Different individuals have differing tendencies of converting calories into fat. Some individuals may convert carbohydrates into fat; others may convert fat in food into body fat or, worse still, both. All this is governed by the genes of every individual.
  4. In short, every individual has genes which govern how the body responds to excessive calories and how quickly/slowly it converts these excessive calories into body fat. When we talk about various tendencies of individuals to gain weight, we are essentially talking about the presence (or absence) of specific genes which can make a person obese.
  5. We might have seen certain people eat what they want and how much they want without gaining much weight. And then there are other people who have to be extremely careful with what they eat. One moment of gastronomic indulgence can lead them to gain enough weight so as to cause a mini nervous breakdown.
  6. Also, a person on a so-called “weight reducing/management diet” responds to it in a certain way and the other person responds in an entirely different way altogether. All this is due to the subtle differences in our genes.
  7. Thus the key to identifying the risk of obesity and the eventual risk of all the baggage of harmful conditions it carries, is to identify the presence of such genes. If the genes are found to be present, the risk can be managed healthily by dietary and lifestyle interventions and through a focussed exercise regimen.
  8. Contrary to popular perception, it is extremely easy to manage the risks of obesity. All that is required are the right tools for genetic assessment, the will to accept the assessment and the motivation to undergo lifestyle changes to live a healthy and disease-free life.

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