At a glance Obesity affects billions of people around the world and is a risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, cancers and more. To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared — over 25 may be overweight, and over 30 obese. Your waist circumference is also used to measure obesity — over 40 inches for a man and 35 inches for a woman is considered obese. Measuring obesity According to the World Health Organisation, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. It's one of the leading causes of preventable deaths across the globe, and is showing no sign of slowing down. In this fact sheet you can learn why obesity is so dangerous, and how to calculate whether your weight is considered overwe
Life is stressful by its very nature and almost all of us feel stressed at some point. The most common causes are work, money and family. It doesn't have to be a crisis that creates stress; it's often the day-to-day physical demands and emotions that come with coping with life's challenges. Other situations that cause stress include pregnancy, change, retirement and social isolation. Sometimes it's just too much happening at once between work, family and personal responsibilities. And, of course, the holidays add stress — with extra time spent with family, lack of exercise, too many activities and memories of happier holidays. Why Bother about Stress? When stress builds up, it can damage your mood, interfere with your sleep, lower your concentration and negatively affect your rela
At a glance To lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more you need to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. Avoid fatty foods, and choose lean meat poultry and fish — and make sure you eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Watch your calorie intake and try to fit in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most — if not all days of the week. Eat well for a healthy weight We all need to eat to live. And yet if we're not careful, our diets could kill us. It's more and more common today to rely on a diet that is packed with too much fat, salt, and sugar. And not enough fruit, vegetables, whole grains and fibre. Combine this with too little exercise and you have the perfect recipe for heart disease, high blood pressure, di
Women have an ingrained tendency of self-neglect and it is nowhere more profound than in the case of health and diet. Women in general tend to ignore regular health checkup due to myriad reasons ranging from ignorance, lethargy or just not taking self-health seriously enough. But, it is high time to accept the fact that health and happiness of family is integrally entwined with our health and happiness. We have listed below 8 most essential preventive health tests which women must undertake regularly to stay fit, healthy and happy and ensure the same for the family as well. High Resolution Mammography Ultrasound-to detect breast cancer: It is highly recommended that women in the reproductive age should get breast mammography done at least once a year to detect early signs of breas
At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at forty the judgment - Benjamin Franklin 40 is that wonderful junction of your life when most of the madness of 20s and 30s seems to settle and you are at peace with life. Your family and career finally seems to be on track and crying kids seems to be story of past. But, ironically 40 is also a time when your body demands more of your care and attention, and if you ignore the tell-tale signs now, you are sure to bring yourself major health issues. The careless days of youth slightly ebbing, one really needs to do away with unhealthy diet and lifestyle habits of the previous decade to stay and feel young and healthy. So of the habits that really needs to be taken care of now are: Taking food cravings lightly It is very...