Understanding the Need for a Global Initiative against Obesity
Obesity is not a disease restricted to particular regions, countries or ethical communities. Rather the causes of obesity are increasing across a cross section of people from all walks of life. The increase in the number of people with obesity and related disorders can be traced back to changes in lifestyles, including the dependence on fast foods and limited exercise. The only means to combat this menace is to create a regime of nutritious food, exercise and rest. It is interesting to note that sleep too plays an important role in combating obesity and persons with irregular sleeping habits are also prone towards obesity.,
Obesity is today recognized as a public Health hazard. The anti-obesity initiative launched by the VLCC, under the guidance of its founder Mrs. Vandana Lutra is credited with the privilege of being the precursor to the World Obesity Day. After generating awareness about obesity in 2001, she launched many activities that would combat the ill-effects of obesity as well as address the growing global menace. The medical fraternity is also involved in this global initiative as they play pivotal roles in controlling the menace and prevent its spread on an epic scale.
The VLCC promotes lifestyle changes for staying fit and healthy. The various promotional activities are generally carried out in the months of November and December. The annual celebrations to mark the importance of the day include teaching the general population about ways to incorporate lifestyle changes in all aspects of life. This does not translate into a starvation diet or a high exercise regime. Rather the focus is on a holistic approach that includes a balanced diet and exercise as well as lifestyle changes including regular sleep and food habits.
Interestingly, there is no need for innovative plans on how to celebrate the day. The fight against obesity is not restricted to a single day. It is virtually impossible to overcome this menace unless the efforts are spread out over a longer time frame rather than being concentrated on a single day. Obesity is traced back to lifestyle changes that have come about due to changing socioeconomic factors. Thus the importance of the day lies in being a starting point from which to commence the journey towards a healthier life.
26th November is celebrated as World Obesity Day. The importance of the day lies in formulating plans on how to combat obesity. The day acts as a catalyst in planning events and activities. The question foremost in our minds should be how to incorporate changes in our lifestyles, rather than how to celebrate the day. Activities include planning a diet that is easy to follow and can become a part of your lifestyle change. Set achievable goals and reward yourself for achieving them in proposed time frames. A gradual and sustainable weight loss is sustainable and more effective in the long run rather than a sudden change in weight.
Integrating Primary Care and Commercial Providers into Obesity Management
"We struggle with eating healthily, obesity, and access to good nutrition for everyone. But we have a great opportunity to get on the right side of this battle by beginning to think differently about the way that we eat and the way that we approach food."
- Marcus Samuelsson
"This might be the first generation where kids are dying at a younger age than their parents and it's related primarily to the obesity problem."
- Judy Davis
"The number of kids affected by obesity has tripled since 1980, and this can be traced in large part to lack of exercise and a healthy diet."
- Virginia Foxx
"There are five issues that make a fist of a hand that can knock America out cold. They're lack of jobs, obesity, diabetes, homelessness, and lack of good education."
"If the childhood obesity epidemic remains unchecked, it will condemn many of our kids to shorter lives, as well as the emotional and financial burdens of poor health."
- Richard Carmona
"Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease of civilization."
- Andrew Weil
"I know the problem of obesity. I got to tell you, I think that's tepid. I just don't think the bully pulpit is going to be enough to sufficiently fight obesity. We're going to have to have incentives in here."
- Max Baucus
"Commercials are not the only exposure that obesity gets on TV. It is by no means a rarity on the wonderful Judge Judy's show when both plaintiff and accused all but literally fill the screen."
- Dick Cavett
"Obesity is awesome from a Wall Street perspective. It's not just one disease - there are all sorts of related diseases to profit from."
- Anne Wojcicki
"I'm not a flag waver for obesity. It's not healthy, and you have a crap life because there is such a downer on it."
- Jo Brand
"Obesity puts our children at risk of developing serious diseases - such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression. It keeps our children from performing their best at school."
- Kirsten Gillibrand
"I am excited to share my archive pictures and footage. I'll also share announcements about current events and success stories from the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to help fight diabetes and child obesity."
- Sugar Ray Leonard
"The way to deal with the devil of obesity and diabetes is literally one day at a time."
- Stephen Furst
"Fixing obesity is going to require a change in our modern relationship with food. I'm hopeful that we begin to see a turnaround in this childhood obesity epidemic."
- S. Jay Olshansky
"Cities simply don't have the powers they need to radically innovate in cutting obesity or the number of disaffected teenagers."
- Geoff Mulgan
"I am not a member of Fat Liberation, nor do I think that obesity is healthy. But I do believe that in many ways my life has been a more charmed and happy one because I was always large."
- Maeve Binchy
"As a native Washingtonian, I am well aware that childhood obesity is a real problem in our nation's capital."
- Daniel Snyder
"It's interesting because we live in a country where the obesity is so enormous. And then the reflection on the runways is girls that are so thin. So there's two extremes that are almost like a reflection of themselves, and it's very hard to be in the middle with girls that are just healthy."
- Nina Garcia
"The infant mortality rates are insanely high. The obesity epidemic is on the rise. It is all related."
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley