Obesity is like a curse that once casted can never be lifted and unfortunately Pakistan has been marked with it since a very long time now. It does not come alone, it brings in further health declines such as cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, diabetes and psychological imbalances. The concerning fact about Obesity is that it runs in the families by getting integrated in to the genetic makeup of the children that comes from obese parents. Scary, isn’t it? Well this should give you further jitters of panic after knowing that Pakistan stand among one of top countries that are inflicted with the epidemics of Obesity and Diabetes.
In Pakistan, according to the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, women trump the obesity stats high more than the men. Imagine 50% of the country’s entire population being held in the shackles of obesity. Pakistani women mostly between the ages of 45 to 64 are mainly obese which leads to children obesity and further byproducts of the disorder.
How is Pakistan Affected by Obesity Epidemic?
How Pakistan is affected by Obesity epidemic is a vast area of concern that nobody has actually managed to conquer, however some of the ways Pakistani women mainly and men get obesity and how it affects them are as follow;
- Unhealthy lifestyle:
Men pressurized with work along with extended working hours sitting at a single desk, women having no particular proper diet due to household work concerns are one of the so many reasons obesity prevails among the Pakistani population. Being complete couch potatoes and being hitched to all the modern technology with almost zero outdoor activities promote obesity among children. This affects the complete bodily homeostasis and cause fats accumulation in the body.
- Lack of Knowledge:
Most of the times Pakistani stay loose on samosaz, gulab jamun, niharaiz, and what not without even realizing what could be the possible outcomes of such intakes in the later time. High caloric and oily foods tend to mess up with the body’s metabolic system and makes it divert to store fats, accumulate cholesterol and disturb health maintaining pathways. No knowledge about healthy foods is also one of the leading factors causing obesity.
- No outdoor activity:
Jam-packed routines and everything technology oriented has put a definite full stop to outdoor activities like running, sports and general strolling. No physical activity highly promotes obesity.
- Pregnancy misconceptions:
The general misconception that prevails among married Pakistani women during pregnancy that they have to “eat for two” leads to multiple disturbances whereas workout is believed to be healthy for an expecting mother however, the desi ghee kay parathay, makhan, high fat milk makes the mother and the child both prone to obesity.
- Ready made easy food options:
This seriously needs to be regulated! All the burgers, nuggets, happy meals that we choose as an easy way out for our hunger pangs does more damage than good. It makes gluten to accumulate in our bodies that has the ability to not get digested for as long as about2 to 3 days and that is all unhealthy fat! This highly promotes obesity among Pakistanis.