Hey, happy weekend!

I hope this weekend has been restful for you. As for me, I have been from one place to the other (tired and writing). Meanwhile, happy new month as well. May this month yield positive result to all your quests.

So, the new trend is for people to lose weight. especially the ladies. While that is great, i have a question. What is the reason? why are they losing weight? As for me, I look prettier when I am not extremely slim, but chubby without a protruded belly (lol).

More than losing weight to look attractive, being overweight exposes you to the risk of having some disease conditions.

What does OBESITY mean?

According to WIKIPEDIA: it is the state of being grossly fat/overweight. It is a medical condition in which there is excessive/accumulation of fat in the body. One can be said to be obese when the body mass index is above 30kg/m2. Body Mass Index is the measurement of one’s body fat/muscles/bones using the formula: WEIGHT/HEIGHT2 (divide the weight in KG by Height square in meters {W/H2}) For example: I am currently weighing 65kg and I am 1.6m (height). My BMI will be 65 divided by 1.62  (2.56m2  )= 25.4kg/m2 (covers face) The above simply means I am at the borderline. You can be either underweight/normal weight/overweight/obese. You can be said to be underweight when the BMI is 18.5kg/m2 or below Normal BMI is within 18.5kg/m2 – 25kg/mOverweight is within 25-30kg/mObese is 3okg/m2 and above.

In 2015, 600 million adults (12%) and 100 million children were obese. Obesity is more common in women than men.

The common causes of overweight and obesity are:

  • Excess food intake in addition with junks( food rich in fat and sugar)
  • Lack of activity/ sedentary lifestyle
  • Genetics( it can be hereditary)
  • Some medications can also cause it
  • Poor sleep and stress
  • Few disease/medical condition ( such as endocrine disorders e.g hypothyroidism.

    Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. A number of reviews have found that mortality risk is lowest at a BMI of 20–25 kg/m2.  Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. A number of reviews have found that mortality risk is lowest at a BMI of 20–25 kg/m2.

    As much as I do advise people to be comfortable in their skin/shape and size, I still tell people that being overweight can kill because it makes you to be at risk for some disease condition such as:

    • Diabetes Mellitus ( type 2)
    • Increase cholesterol level
    • Cardiovascular diseases (the heart and the blood vessels) such as high blood pressure/ coronary artery diseases etc.
    • Cancers
    • Depression
    • Breathlessness
    • Snoring
    • Infertility
    • Intrauterine fetal death (death of the fetus in the uterus).
    • Stretch marks
    • Intertrigo
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Penile dysfunction / small penis
    • Gout and a whole lot more.

The above list is endless, it is just to give you glimpse of the disadvantages of being obese/overweight.

How can you prevent or treat obesity?

Obesity/overweight can be treated just by making the following adjustments:

  • Reduce the intake of excess food especially food that contains fat and excess sugar (carbohydrates). Take balanced diet which contains all classes of food in right proportions (no starving).
  • EXERCISE!!! Even if your work require that you sit all though the working hours, take breaks and take few steps, do not sit all day.
  • Eat fiber
  • medications ( get prescription from a medics)
  • weight loss surgery


Have a great weekend and be careful of too much calorie.

Adenike Oladimeji.

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