Tackling the Rise of obesity among women: A call to action

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 18, 2024 IST

In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.

Bhubaneswar, Mar 18: In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected. This surge in obesity poses grave health risks, impacting not only individual well-being but also burdening our healthcare system. As a gynecologist deeply concerned about women's health, it is imperative to shed light on this issue and advocate for proactive measures to address it.

 "Gynecologist and Obstetrician Dr. Sujata Kar in Bhubaneswar discusses the severity of India's obesity crisis. With 70% of the urban population in India classified as obese or overweight, the country ranks third globally, trailing only behind the US and China, in the list of countries with the highest number of obese individuals."

The numbers are alarming. Approximately eight crore individuals in India are classified as obese, and even more concerning is the fact that one crore of them fall within the age group of 5 to 19 years. This indicates a worrying trend of childhood obesity, which can have long-term implications for health and well-being.

Moreover, the study highlights that 30 million adults in India are either overweight or obese. Disturbingly, 62 million diabetic Indians exhibit obesity-related characteristics, such as excess body fat, abdominal adiposity, and fat deposition in ectopic sites. These statistics underscore the urgent need for intervention to combat the obesity epidemic, particularly among women.

The Impact on Women's Health:

 Obesity has far-reaching consequences for women's health, affecting reproductive outcomes, maternal health, and overall well-being. Here are some of the key concerns:

Fertility Issues: Obesity can disrupt hormonal balance, leading to menstrual irregularities and reduced fertility. It can also increase the risk of conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can further complicate fertility issues.

Pregnancy Complications: Obese women are at higher risk of pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery. These complications not only jeopardize maternal health but also pose risks to the baby.

Chronic Diseases: Obesity is a significant risk factor for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers. Women, in particular, are vulnerable to these conditions, underscoring the importance of addressing obesity early on.

Psychosocial Impact: Beyond the physical health implications, obesity can take a toll on women's mental health, leading to low self-esteem, depression, and social stigma.

Taking Action:

Addressing the obesity crisis requires a multi-faceted approach involving individuals, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and communities. Here are some actionable steps:

Promote Healthy Eating: Encourage balanced diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Educate women about portion control and the importance of mindful eating.

Encourage Physical Activity: Advocate for regular physical activity, tailored to individual preferences and capabilities. Whether it's walking, swimming, yoga, or dancing, staying active is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight.

Screening and Intervention: Integrate obesity screening into routine healthcare visits, especially for women of reproductive age. Provide counselling and support for weight management, including access to nutritionists, dieticians, and support groups.

The rise in obesity rates among women in India is a pressing public health issue that demands immediate attention. As healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to raise awareness, provide support, and advocate for policies that promote healthy lifestyles. By working together, we can empower women to take control of their health, reduce obesity rates, and improve overall well-being for generations to come.

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In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.
In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.
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In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.
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In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.
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In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.
In recent years, India has witnessed a concerning trend - a significant increase in obesity rates, with women being disproportionately affected.

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