54% Indians are Inactive

If you were wondering why most people around you have big bellies, men and women alike, and they just seem to be getting bigger, here’s one possible reason; per a Times of India article based on an ICMR report [1] 54.4% Indians were found to be inactive and leading largely sedentary lives. In this, men were seen to be more active than women.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines obesity as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of ≥30 kg/m2. [3]

Obesity has become such a troublesome phenomena, that in 2013, the American Medical Association classified it as a disease! Interestingly, the first medical society dedicated to the study of obesity was formed in 1950. It was called, the National Obesity Society. After that, it changed names to National Glandular Society, the American College of Endocrinology and Nutrition, the American Society of Bariatrics, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and is now known as the Obesity Medicine Association. [2]

Let’s take this opportunity to highlight some of the effects of obesity on our bodies and ensure we eat meals planned for nutrition. [3]

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Hepatic (liver) dysfunction
  • Renal (kidneys) dysfunction
  • Infertility

Just so the seriousness kicks in for those of you who trivialise the outcomes of obesity, this list could refer to any of the following – multi organ failure, limb amputation, peripheral neuropathy, blindness, lifelong dialysis / kidney transplant… and these are just some of the nasty outcomes related to diabetes. [4] I haven’t even begun on the rest.

We can justify obesity in any number of ways. It just isn’t worth the risk to our lives and health.


  1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/54-indians-are-physically-inactive-shows-icmr-study/articleshow/64456520.cms
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4988332/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808277/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3810070/

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