Himanshu Rai, Chief Dietitian and Nutritionist at Think You
Skipping meals, unhealthy diet, overeating or poor eating, sedentary lifestyle, poor sleep, stress, work-life imbalance, and several other factors are responsible for Obesity or Underweight. Here are some of the ways and based on those; we can maintain and understand a healthy health status.
What Is Obesity & Overweight?
World Health Organization (WHO) suggests overweight/obesity is an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the body. It is also a most common nutritional disorder, which occurs due to excess intake of oily and sugary foods. Clinically, 20% more or above the ideal body weight would be considered obesity and 10-20% above the ideal body weight would be considered overweight. Generally, more calorie intake and fewer calories output leads to excess accumulation of fat in the body and lead to overweight/obesity.
What Is Underweight?
If the body’s weight is between 10-20% less as compared to your ideal body weight, it will be considered underweight. If bodyweight is below 20% of your ideal body weight, that would be considered grossly underweight. Underweight persons are predisposed to various serious ailments such as infections, fatigue, fertility issues, anaemia, irregular periods, risk during surgeries, working inefficiencies, osteoporosis, poor skin & physique, etc.
What Is Ideal Body Weight
Maintaining ideal body weight is one of the important keys to preventing you from Overweight or Obesity or Underweight and helpful for maintaining a healthy body balance. This is essential for a good physique and it improves overall good life. Anyone can easily calculate his or her ideal body weight by knowing about your height & weight. The best and easy way to know about your ideal body weight is to refer to standard height-weight tables of the Life Insurance Corporation, which is based on life expectancy data. This provides you a rough guide for estimating desirable weight. You can contact your Nutritionist to know this in detail.
How to Maintain a Healthy Body – Balance between obese and under-weight
Below are some of the helpful tips to maintain a healthy body balance between obese & underweight:
- Balance of energy intake & energy output plays a key role in healthy weight management
- Regular exercise
- Don’t skip meals and eat meals timely
- Eat meals from all the major food groups in a recommended amount such as Cereals & Grains, Pulses & Legumes, Milk & Meat Products, Fruits & Vegetables and Sugar & Fats (from Oil & Nuts)
- Chew the meals properly
- Maintenance of Ideal Body Weight
- Talk to your Nutritionist