`Fight obesity to fight ailments`

sify barwachi

India
November 26, 2010

From heart disease to high blood pressure, urological complications to those related to pregnancy, obesity attracts a whole lot of ailments, doctors said Friday as India observed the Anti-Obesity Day.

As of 2008, more than 20 million people in India suffered from obesity.

Said Hrishikesh Pai, a gynaecologist: `Studies point to the fact that women who suffer from obesity run the risk of infertility and also have a higher risk of pregnancy-related complications.`

`Numerous studies even state that obesity can lead to ovulation problem which results in irregular menstruation cycle,` she said.

`I suggest that women who suffer from obesity should look into it before considering pregnancy to avoid higher risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications,` she added.

According to experts, obesity is an alarming problem in India. It is often attributed to genes, environmental factors such as how often a person eats, personal level of activity and choice of one`s lifestyle.

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World over, more than 300 million people suffer from obesity.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.