Rapid industrialization of the world has resulted in ‘problems for plenty’ where a better lifestyle has resulted in stress, long working hours and a sedentary lifestyle and a host of other conditions, obesity being the main culprit. To combat the ill effects of obesity, the World Obesity Awareness Week is celebrated from, October 15th to the 19th every year. The Day focuses on setting up action groups to educate, inform and listen to research and studies on the problems caused by obesity.
About 2.1 billion people all over the world are obese increasing the health care costs by a whopping 7%. There is an urgent need to tackle and control obesity in adults and children and gear people towards a healthy and fit life.
The World Obesity Awareness week is celebrated globally and events usually revolve around fitness, nutrition, exercise programs and other measures to tackle obesity. The week also raises awareness about personal weight, the BMI and other related issues as research shows that people have an inaccurate idea of what is the ideal weight. Before people can make changes to their lifestyles they should be aware of their weight problem as lack of awareness has resulted in a severe obesity epidemic which in turn leads to serious health problems like diabetes, cardio problems and high blood pressure.
Most organizations also focus on tackling childhood obesity, by targeting schools to increase their physical activity programs and instilling the habit of physical fitness from an early age. Other activities undertaken during this week are seminars and informal talks by dieticians, nutritionists on how to prepare and eat a well balanced meal. A free Body Fat analysis Test, exercises conducted by physiotherapists, yoga camp and motivational lectures. Many celebrities are roped in; their weight loss stories are highlighted, free medical checkups are held and distribution of literature on the ill effects of obesity is also undertaken.