Being overweight is having a body fat that is higher than that which is considered normal and healthy.
Overweight and obesity both refer to excess body fat and are often used interchangeably, but they however do not refer to the same thing.
Overweight is a condition where a person’s body fat is 10-20% higher than it should be, or a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30.
On the other hand, obesity is a condition where a person’s body fat is 20% or higher than it should be, or a BMI of 30 and above.
Excess accumulation of fat always leads to a host of problems. An overweight person has a greater risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, stroke, heart failure and high blood pressure than a person with healthy weight.
Persons who are overweight are also more likely to have problems with body image, self-esteem and self-worth. They have an increased risk of depression due to social stigma and isolation.
A lot of people are overweight, and the reason for this is not very farfetched. Being overweight is also a risk factor for obesity. In other words, an overweight person is more likely to become obese.
Having a healthy weight is one of the essentials for healthy living. To live a healthy life with a reduced risk of diseases, it is crucial to have a healthy weight.
Achieving a healthy weight and maintaining it is not so difficult after all. Making simple lifestyle changes can make such a huge difference in your health.
These modifications would also ensure that you do not go on to being obese if you are already overweight.
- Include fruits and vegetables in your daily menu
- Substitute soft drinks and energy drinks for healthier alternatives like yoghurt, soya milk and ginger drink
- Take your beverages and cereals without adding extra sugar. These already contain a lot of sugar; much more than you should consume daily
- Reduce your intake of processed foods like white bread, pastries, biscuits, and other packaged foods
- Reduce the amount of sugar you add to your foods. Foods like pap, yam, beans and porridge can be enjoyed without added sugar
- Stop eating when you are satisfied. Do not eat until you are so filled-up and you feel uncomfortable in your stomach
- Be more physically active. Look for ways you can sit less and move more
- Get enough sleep daily