Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Obese (overweight)

"1 in 3 adults and 1 in 5 children is currently obese. The number of overweight people in the world (1,000 million) has overtaken the number of people with not enough to eat (800 million) for the first time."

I've been a health conscious person since I was about 17-year-old, when health problems start to occur in my family members. As I observed since then, I found the major health problem comes with eating habit. I've been told once "Fat people do live longer than skinny ones", I think this is absolutely ridiculous and just an excuse for people who do not want a change in themselves.

I have a youngest brother who is in serious obese, I got terrified as I calculated his BMI yesterday: 38, which I cannot believe my eyes. People often blame their genes causing their Obesity (fat) which is indeed true but not completely true.

"People who inherit one version of a gene called FTO are 70 per cent more likely to be obese than those who inherit another." There are seven more genetic regions that influence body weight. However, of the seven variants identified, five are active in brain. The implication is that they affect obesity not by changing people's metabolism but their behaviour. For example, you may have a gene that increases appetite.

As a conclusion, eat according the food pyramid (recently Les mills has introduced this to their instructors) and join a gym.

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