According the Global Nutrition Report of 2016, 22% of the Indian adult population is dealing with obesity. It’s no wonder that as more people move to urban areas and take up jobs that require little or no physical exercise, the levels of obesity are increasing.
To make matters worse, there are a slew of ready to eat items that contribute to this epidemic, with their easy availability and low nutritional value, whether it’s making instant noodles to stop a hunger pang or munching on a packet of chips that was in the vending machine. As lifestyles get busier, the time taken to eat reduces as well, and with the act of having a meal becoming an inconvenience, most opt for a quick fix that they can carry with them.
A convenient snack turns into a dangerous habit as doctors are reporting ever increasing rates of diabetes and high blood pressure among the younger urban population. Our long work hours are predisposing a majority of this population to osteoporosis on some level. A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about nutrition though, it’s the whole gamut of mental, physical and spiritual wellness.
We talked to Sridhar Varadaraj, the founder & managing partner of Zago. The fitness enthusiast shared some words of wisdom on how we can make small tweaks in our everyday habits and lifestyles can lower the impact of negative after effects of the on-the-go lifestyle.
With 5 out of 10 urban Indians trying to lose weight, it’s no surprise that a work-life balance is key. It isn’t just adults that suffer the after effects of poor choices made day in and out, but their children as well. Habits are learned from parents and can be silent messages to children of how important they should take their own health.
With 15% of the adolescent population in India being obese according to the Indian Association of Pediatrics, there’s no doubt that these patterns are being carried on to kids who don’t know better. Exercise and practicing healthy eating habits can become a family activity which provide motivation to everybody participating.
A healthy lifestyle is a matter of habit, it’s not easy to replace bad habits,however, to improve chances of a good life, small changes here and there can have a big impact overall on the future. They can lead to healthy choices and an eventual view of doing right to your body.