Wednesday, July 15, 2009


How many women in Maldives are overweight or obese?

The numbers are yet to be identified, but I have come to a conclusion that adolescent obesity is one of the major concerns today.

How do you know if you are overweight or obese?

Can be measured by calculating a BMI (Body Mass Index) or Fat Percentage, individuals with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while individuals with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. If measured using fat percentages individuals with fat percentages between 25 -29.9% are considered overweight while individuals with fat percentages above 30% are considered obese.

What causes someone to become overweight or obese?

It’s simply unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Overweight and obesity problems are continuing to get worse in the Maldives, the introduction of modernization and busy lifestyle contributes a lot to inactivity and unhealthy dietary habits. People have too less or no time to exercise or cook a healthy meal, relaying on fast food and motor vehicles to get around are few reasons for this increase.

What are the health effects of being overweight or obese?

The risk factors include CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), Cancer, Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis, Gallbladder Disease, Osteoarthritis and many more.
Keep in mind that body weight isn’t the only issue, the places where fat is stored affects you health. Women with a “Pear” shape stores fat in their hips and buttocks, where else women with “Apple” shape stores fat in their waists, women with “apple” shape raises health risk of CHD, Diabetes, or Cancer more than women who are in ‘pear” shape.

Obesity and Pregnancy

Birth defects specialists confirm maternal obesity during pregnancy puts both the mother and the baby at risk. Studies indicate obesity doubles a women’s chances of having a baby with neural tube defects, and even adequate folic acid intake does not fully protect against the increase in risk.

How can physical activity help?

You don’t have to be fit as a professional athlete to benefit from physical activity, an active lifestyle can help every women.

The combination of a proper aerobic exercise program with a resistance training program and proper dietary habits the results you could achieve great and unbelievable results!

At the request of a local Doctor and his concern on growing rate of obese women I have organized a special 3 months “FIGHT THE FAT” training program especially for obese women, the program is to commence within the course of next week. This program includes personalized dietary guidance with physical activity which ensures the participant leaves the 3 months program all healthy and fit.

If you would want to get more information on the program sent me an e-mail to

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