Kolkata: The death of Eman Ahmed, who was known as the world’s heaviest woman, has raised concerns about the health hazards of being overweight or obese.
Doctors from Burjeel Hospital are yet to share more details on Eman’s treatment and what exactly caused her death, but it is likely that kidney and heart complications, which were previously diagnosed during the course of her treatment, claimed her life.
The 37-year-old, who arrived in Mumbai on February 11, 2017, was moved to Abu Dhabi on May 4 for further treatment.
Complications of obesity-
A number of research studies have shown that being overweight puts you at risk for various health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and some cancers, including breast cancer and bowel cancer.
If you are obese, you are also more likely to develop breathing disorders, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, gynaecological problems like infertility and irregular periods, erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, etc. When you’re overweight, your quality of life may also be affected.
In most cases, overweight is caused by consuming more calories than your body can burn and inactivity.
Avoid becoming overweight or obese –
Because the goal of obesity treatment is to return and stay at a normal weight, the best things you can do is to eat a healthy, reduced calorie-diet and exercising regularly. Here are a few tips to reach or maintain a healthy weight:
• Eat a balanced, calorie-controlled diet as recommended by your dietician or doctor
• Include more fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains in your diet
• Cut down on intake of fatty and sugary foods
• Try to eat slowly and avoid situations where you might be tempted to overeat
• Opt for vegetable-based oils instead of animal-based fats
• Exercise – even moderately – for at least 30 minutes a day
• Try to take up activities such as fast walking, jogging, swimming, etc