How Unhealthy is Indian population? - Dietician For Health
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How Unhealthy is Indian population?

Indians are either obese or underweight. Where is the fit population?

 

Well, how it sounds- Indians are either obese or underweight. It sounds a bit weird. I am trying to find the fit population. Can I be successful? Let me go through the National Family Health Survey of 2018. Maybe, I will get my answers.

Oh my God, the findings are not at all good. Around 14.4 million children in India are obese, we rank second in this respect, just after China. We have surpassed even the USA.  We have at least 10 million overweight men and 20 million overweight women. Out of 5, every 1 adult in India is overweight. The number of overweight adults has doubled in the last 10 years. In fact, 20.7% of women in India are obese and 20.2% of men in India are obese.

Not only this, but the data of the underweight population is also not convincing. Although the number of underweight adults has decreased by 1/3rd in the last 10 years, the data is still not satisfying. Around 22.9 % of women and 18.6 % of men in India are underweight. In fact, 36 % of children in India are underweight and 38 % have stunted growth pattern making India acquire the first place in this regard. To be more specific, India has in itself 40 % of the world’s underweight population. Around 194.6 million people in India are undernourished.

The report exhibits a high prevalence of obesity in the north and south India and underweight population lies in Central India.

These findings compel us to think of how to discharge this dual burden. Where to search for the fit Indian population. Well, there can be no magic solution and the need of the hour is to handle these problems with utmost caution and find a solution.

For this, let us understand the concept and possible ways to tackle the situation.

Obesity

Obesity is a medical condition marked by excessive weight or body fat that has a negative impact on the health of an individual. The most important tool to detect whether a person is obese or not is the body mass index (BMI) of that person. Obesity is linked to a number of diseases which can develop in a human being. These diseases are very difficult to handle. So, it is better to treat the root cause itself i.e. obesity. If one is successful in tackling obesity well, then there can be no denying that there will be a significant reduction in the number of diseases.

Let us know the diet plan to be adopted in order to lose weight.

The various food products to be eaten in order to lose weight are-

  • Tomato
  • Spinach
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Cauliflower
  • Apple
  • Mushroom
  • Cabbage
  • Lentils
  • Pulses
  • Sweet potato
  • Turnips
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Olive oil
  • Corn
  • Whole grain bread
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Black pepper
  • Peanut oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Tofu
  • legumes

 

Underweight

Underweight is a medical condition marked by less body weight or body fat that has a negative impact on the health of an individual. The most important tool to detect whether a person is underweight or not is the body mass index (BMI) of that person. Being underweight marks the arrival of a number of health issues. In fact, many diseases can be said goodbye when you adopt a healthy diet plan which can help you gain weight.

Let us have an insight into the diet plan to be adopted for gaining weight.

  • Eat frequently- if you are underweight, you need to eat frequently or more often. To say, 5 to 6 meals per day. This will help in adding the calories without any other potent side effects.
  • Eat good fat– eating right fat can help you gain some pounds. Foods rich in unsaturated fats like nuts, avocados provide a possible solution.
  • Drink frequently- you can add smoothies or nutritious drinks to your diet. Fruit juice can also be consumed.
  • Eat dairy products- you can even add full-fat dairy products like milk, cream, cheese, yogurts, etc. to our diet.
  • Eat rice- Rice is a good source to help you gain weight. It is a calorie dense food, so its consumption can be helpful.
  • Eat proteinprotein-rich foods like meat, fish, eggs, etc. should be added to the diet in order to gain weight.
  • Eat fiber- add plenty of fiber to your diet. Fiber-rich sources include beans, oats, bran, fruits, vegetables, etc.

 

Conclusion:

Besides this, you can always add food items like red meat, nuts, whole grain bread, starch, potato, legumes, beans, pasta, salmon, dried fruits, dark chocolates, cereal bars, eggs, fats, oils, cheese, yogurt, etc. to your diet to gain weight.

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