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Yoga as a way of eliminating obesity!

2012 January 4
by camillaellis

Obesity is one of the leading causes of death.  Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.  As stated by the World Health Organisation, in 2008, 1.5 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.  When you consider that amount of obesity in western countries where 65% of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight, then how is there a shortage of food, just a problem with the distribution of food.  Obesity use to just be a problem with the older generation but now it is our children that are massively increasing the obesity statistics.  Nearly 43 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010.  That statistic on its own is astonishing and scary.  The simple thing is that obesity is preventable, with the increase in processed, fast foods and wanting a quick easy solution to eating because of the fast paced society we live in, no wondering obesity is on the increase. 

 Not only does obesity impact your lifestyle because of the things you can and cant do, it also has a major impact on your health it also shortens your life expectancy. In 2004, it was estimated that 34,100 deaths were due to obesity. This is 6.8% of all the deaths in England.

 Obesity contributes to:

  • Heart disease
  • high blood pressure and hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes (type 2) – caused by too much sugar in the blood
  • Vascular problems
  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic long term back pain
  • Depression

 Day-to-day, obesity causes problems such as:

  • breathlessness,
  • increased sweating,
  • snoring,
  • difficulty sleeping,
  • inability to cope with sudden physical activity,
  • feeling very tired every day, and
  • back and joint pains.

 Obesity can also affect your mental capacity and cause psychological problems, such as:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-image
  • Low confidence levels
  • Feeling isolated in society
  • Reduced mobility leading to a poor quality life
  • Depression
  • Affecting your relationships and friendships

 Obesity occurs slowly nad arises due to poor diet and lifestyle choices, such as:

  • Eating processed foods
  • Eating out
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Not eating fruit and vegetables in abundance
  • Eating large portions
  • Comfort eating
  • Lack of physical activity

If you aren’t active enough you don’t use up the energy that is provided by your food, the department of health recommends that you do at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week.

There are medical reasons for putting on weight:

  • Cushing’s syndrome – an over production of steroid hormones
  • Hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a large number of cysts on the ovaries of women.
  • Medicines such as corticosteroids, antidepressants, contraceptive pill.

A research from India has shown the impact of yoga and diet change on obesity, therefore your exercise regime doesn’t have to include high impact exercise.  Obese people often find it difficult to exercise.  This form of yoga concentrated on breathing exercises while seated.  Participants practiced yoga for 5 hours every day and had a low fat, high fiber, vegetarian diet.  they found that a 6 day yoga and diet program decreased the BMI and the fat-free mass, meaning the level of free fat decreased nad the weight decreased.  Total cholesterol also decreased due to reduced HDL levels, reducing their fat.  They also discovered other benefits which included better postural stability, grip strength, reduced waist and hip circumferences and a decrease in serum leptin levels.

Its important to start thinking about exercise and a good diet now, as you get older it becomes more difficult, it is also to start teaching your children about how to eat healthily.

For more information on how to eat health and stay slim get my book ‘The Body Objective’, you can get that here.

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