7 Reasons People Do Not Seem to Lose Weight in India

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Though obesity is a global issue, Indians have special take on weight issues. There are different notions on what healthy weight is and these notions are not always healthy.

According to global report on obesity, Indians a getting obese more quickly than ever and if this trend goes on, problems will be far beyond controllable in the recent years.

We thought about it for a while and explored the factors why obesity is so typical in India. Here are a few insights that might actually help.

1.       Sugar is like a lifeline for us. It comes to anything and everything whether it is an occasion for happiness or sorrow. If it’s marriage, birthday or anniversary, we run to sweet shops to get Gulab Jamuns, Barfi and similar stuff. In death or death anniversary, sweets are used to honour the deceased, which we end up eating

2.      Indians love white bread like anything. Though brown bread is getting increasingly popular, most families start their day with white bread and lots of butter

3.      Moving on, we don’t really care what the label has to say. Most Indian mothers agree that they hardly read ingredient and nutritional information while purchasing grocery for home.

4.      Interestingly, Indians also love heavy meals. Whether you go to Punjab or West Bengal, they believe that meal is incomplete till you consume beyond the limit.

5.     Though western world is obese too, they have some specific set of psychical activities that people perform at every age. On the other hand, our urban lifestyle lets us do nothing. We don’t run, hike or cycle at all.

6.     Recent studies also report that lack of sleep can also cause weight gain. It might not seem the most obvious of things but Indian work for more hours than any developed country and body reacts by fat build up here.

7.      Finally, we love deep fried food. Be it samosa, pakode or pudis, if it has oil it seems irresistible.


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