One good thing about weight gain is that it does not differentiate between people based on their age, sex, caste, creed or religion. It clings onto anyone who is inactive, eats unhealthy food and doesn’t exercise. A 4-year-old kid as well as an 80-year-old adult is obese these days and such inclusions in obesity statistics irrespective of the person’s age can be contributed towards changing eating trends, food habits and lifestyles. Unhealthy weight gain anytime is not advisable as it brings about a number of side effects and its even more concerning when it happens after 40 years-that’s because each of us are blessed with different basal metabolic rates that decrease with age. Even if your metabolism was high during 20s and 30s ageing can slow down the process automatically and this can increase chances of weight gain as the ability to lose weight quickly or slowly depends on the metabolic rate of our body. Moreover, our activity levels decrease, we remain sedentary for a greater time but stick to same portion sizes all of which bring down our capability to lose weight faster. That’s the reason why health experts, nutritionists and dietitians always advice individuals, especially women to regain normal body weight before the age of 40. Women are given the extra attention here as they have to go through an extra phase called ‘menopause’ that puts them through a roller coaster of hormonal changes increasing weight gain chances as well unless the woman forces herself to take extra precautions to maintain her health.
Even if you set aside all of the above factors, we have yet another reason now to eliminate excess weight before the age of 40-to avoid the risk of cancer. It’s a long-established fact obesity/overweight increases the risk of several types of cancer but there has not been much focus on the degree, timing and duration of overweight/obesity in relation to cancer risk. An International study in Norway focused on these specifically by using data of more than 2,00,000 individuals from the Me-Can study. Each of the individuals were followed for at least 18 years during which more than 27,000 adults were diagnosed with cancer among whom 9761 (35%) were obesity-related. It was discovered that participants with a BMI >30 (classified as obese) at the first and second health examination were at the highest risk of developing obesity-related cancer compared to others. Obesity-related cancer includes 70% increased risk of endometrial cancer, 58% increased risk of male renal-cell cancer, 29% for male colon cancer and 15% risk for all obesity-related cancers.
Again, men were at a higher risk (64%) than women (48%) for any of the obesity-related cancer types. Avoiding weight gain at any age has now become a top priority to avoid debilitating health conditions later in life. Below 40 years and suffering from obesity/overweight problems? Then its better to immediately get in touch with reputed dietitians and nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com to lose weight and protect yourself from cancer risk.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.