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Learn Why Excess Weight Can Be a Deterrent to Living a Healthy Life

Jul 06, 2018 | 2 years ago | Read Time: 3 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

There is fresh evidence to suggest a direct link between obesity and a significantly increased risk of death. Based on a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, excessive weight was the cause for four million deaths in 2015, worldwide. Excessive weight and related diseases contributed to 53.7 deaths per 1, 00,000 globally.

Lack of physical exercise and processed foods are believed to be spurring the obesity crisis. Excess body fat makes one prone to contracting cardiovascular diseases, elevating blood pressure, high level of bad cholesterol and diabetes. Research further indicates that slightly overweight people too stand a risk of developing heart-related illnesses.

A simple way to determine obesity is to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI). Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on an adult’s height and weight.

To get your BMI reading:

  • Divide your weight in kilograms by your height in metres.
  • Divide the answer by your height once again.

The answer is your BMI.

BMI range for adults is as follows:

 18.5 to 24.9: Normal weight

25 to 30: Overweight

30 and above: Obese

Body fat percentage is another way of determining fitness. It is calculated using methods such as the waist-to-hip ratio, a full body scan or using capillaries to measure skin folds.

Although there is no ideal measure, normal ranges vary between 25% of body fat percentage or lower, for women and 28% or lower for men. Recent studies conducted by Indian health bodies too are also seeing an alarming trend in the country. Consider some of the research found in recent times pointing to a surge in obesity in India.

  • A recent study published in the Lancet found that India accounts for 3.7 percent of the global population of overweight men. Nearly 9.8 million men in India were overweight or obese as compared to 0.4 million in 1975. With 20 million, India forms 5.3 percent of the global population of overweight or obese women.
  • According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) conducted for the year 2015-16, 20.7 percent or one-fifth of Indian women in the age group of 15-49 are overweight. This is a sharp rise from the last NHFS conducted in 2005-06 when 12.6 percent women were considered overweight or obese.
  • The figures are even grimmer for Indian men. The percentage of overweight men in the age group of 15-49 has doubled over the last ten years. As per the survey, obesity among men has shot up from 9.3 percent in 2005-06 to 18.6 percent.

Given the serious health risks that excessive fat poses, it is not surprising that obesity has given rise to a host of illnesses thus shortening lifespans. Owing to a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet, the chances of younger people and children developing obesity and related health issues is increasing. However, by making healthier food choices and exercising regularly, you can prevent it.


In a bid to create awareness about calorie consumption, Food and Drug Association (FDA) of Maharashtra has decided to ask restaurants to start mentioning the calorie count of each item on their menu. This is a welcome move to make people more health conscious and while encouraging international health organisations to combat obesity and improve the health of future generations.

Another way to make sure you have insured your life, is by getting a term plan such as iTerm Plus. This term plan comes with a choice of four plan options. Each option offers different in-built benefits like accidental death and critical illness. If obesity is a concern for you, a term plan that covers critical illnesses such as heart diseases, kidney failure, strokes and other such ailments caused by obesity.

Finally, make sure you live a healthy life, and insure the finances of your loved ones.

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