According to a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) report, “In India, where around one-sixth of the world’s population resides, the prevalence of overweight and obese people has increased rapidly in recent decades. The prevalence of overweight is also expected to double among Indian adults aged 20–69 years by 2040, while the prevalence of obesity will triple. Also, by 2040, the prevalence of overweight and obesity will reach 30.5% and 9.5% among men, and 27.4% and 13.9% among women, respectively. The largest increases in the prevalence will be in older ages. In developing countries like India, the increasing trend has coincided with the demographic and epidemiological transitions, in which mortality and fertility have declined, and lifestyle-related diseases have become more common.”
The report also reveals that the frequency of overweight and obesity in India is growing faster than the global average. This is an alarming situation and calls for taking informed steps to control obesity. To begin with, one must understand what obesity is and why is it a risk.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a disorder in which one has excessive body fat that potentially leads to health problems. Notably, obesity can be caused by genetic, environmental, or lifestyle factors. Moreover, obesity is commonly known to result from taking more calories than the body can metabolize through exercise and or daily activities. More precisely, obesity is a condition where your body mass index or BMI is 25 or more.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is a measurement of the weight-related to height. It is pertinent to note that body fat cannot be measured directly; hence it is done by calculating the Body Mass Index or BMI. Medical professionals make use of this index to measure body fat.
Formula of calculation is: BMI= weight (kg)/height(m)²
Ex. Weight= 68kg, Height= 1.65m
BMI= 68/(1.65*1.65)= 24.98
BMI is an easy way to determine who is overweight, underweight, and obese.
The main basis for treating obesity is lifestyle alterations including diet and exercising. Today, obesity as a medical disease has become a worldwide health concern. This is mainly because obesity puts one at risk of serious diseases like heart disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers.
Causes of obesity
A host of factors contribute to obesity. For instance –
- Taking in more calories than your body cannot metabolize. The extra calories often lead to obesity.
- The sleeping disorder also increases the risk of obesity.
- For some, their genes do not allow them to lose weight.
- A sedentary lifestyle is particularly responsible for making you obese.
- Home, school, and community environment do influence your level of being active and your eating patterns. Hence, it can be a cause of obesity as well.
Importance of Health Checkups in controlling obesity
It is a fact that obesity is growing alarmingly in India and thus making many of us vulnerable to diseases like heart problems, diabetes, cancer, etc. It is also an established reality that you cannot get rid of your excess weight instantly. The best option in addressing obesity and its related threats is opting for health check-ups at a regular interval. With DocGenie’s Health Checkups, you are assured to get complete and quality tests assessing the functionality of the tested body parts.
Today path labs all over the country offer various weight loss packages. All these packages incorporate necessary consultations and tests required to check the causes of obesity. Moreover, they help in early interventions and effective cures. An online doctor consultation or consultation with a dietician is a crucial part of weight loss packages. Book an online session with one of DocGenie’s highly experienced dieticians to know more about these tests.
Common lab tests recommended for obese people-
- Lipid Profile (Total Cholesterol (TC), High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) “Good cholesterol”, Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) “Bad cholesterol”, Triglycerides (TG))
- Diabetes (HbA1c, Average blood glucose)
- Insulin Fasting
- Fasting Blood Sugar
- Kidney (Blood urea nitrogen, creatinine-serum, calcium, uric acid)
- Iron Deficiency
- Human Growth Hormone
- Complete Hemogram
A typical weight loss package offers the following –
- Weight loss up to 10 kg
- Inch loss
- Relevant consultation sessions
- Customized diet plans including recommendations for Weekly low calories recipes
- BMI measurements
- BP measurements
- Reports consultations
- Blood Sugar Test
- Hb% Test
- Lipid Profile Test
It is very important to understand that obesity is a serious condition and a very complex one at that. Underestimating it can lead to serious ramifications and affect your quality of life. However, the good news is, that it is a treatable disease if you take it seriously and understand the importance of health checkups. All tests at DocGenie are done in carefully controlled environments to make sure the samples obtained produce only the exact and accurate results.
DocGenie is an online telemedicine platform that provides you with quality healthcare from the comfort of your own space. On DocGenie, you can book an online consultation with highly-qualified doctors as well as book lab tests for home collection.