Fact Check, Obesity!

Obesity, being one of the most prevalent of epidemics in the world still has myths about it so let’s keep our facts straight!

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1. According to a medical research, about 50% of Pakistani citizens are “obese”. It bought about sagaciousness to this colossal percentage as, “29%” of the people fall in the bracket of overweight. Similarly, about 31% are in the category of class I obesity, almost 13% lie in class II of obesity and finally 7% remain in class III of obesity. These staggering figures are worrisome as half the population is under the severe threat of diseases. Most prevalent of the disease is diabetes (Ali, 2018).

2. About 70% of weight changes our body encounters over the period of specific time occur due to genes, according to Prof. J. Alfredo Martinez from the Center for Nutrition Research at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain (Hewing, 2017).

3. According to a research conducted in Sweden, pregnant women who have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of “35” and above are at a great risk of “23%” to give birth to children with “malformations” as compared to those who fall on the normal line of BMI. Similarly, it was recorded that those who have a BMI of 40 and above are at 37% higher than those mentioned above (Hewing, 2017).

4. Medical specialists according to research suggest that babies tend to born “larger” to “larger Moms”. This phenomena is known as “macrosomia”, this not only puts the baby at risk of bone breaking during birth but also increase the chances of caesarian delivery at the same time it can also put the mother at risk of large amount of blood loss. This problem just does not end here but it leaves a lifelong effect on the baby (Hewing, 2017). It is an excruciating time for mothers but keeping a check on your weight before conceiving is a good idea as well. Fathers are not exempted as your genes are transferred to the child and if you are overweight so that will eventually affect the health of the child.

5. It is pretty much understood but a child’s eating habits and physical activity habits develops according to the surrounding environment he or she is raised in. (WHO, 2017)

6. Again! For an individual the problem results in obesity when the amount of calories consumed are not exerted accordingly (WHO, 2017).

7. According to World Health Organization being obese and overweight is causing more deaths in the world than being underweight (WHO, 2017).

8. It has been recorded that about 41million preschool children were obese in 2016.

9. According to WHO research about 1.9billion adults were overweight in 2016 and similarly, about 650million served the category of being obese.

10. Medical research suggests that there about 60 chronic diseases linked with obesity. Obesity Facts in America. (n.d.).