On the third month of the NCDS 365 phase two, the project focussed on Obesity. Since the World Obesity Day was celebrated on March fourth. The whole month was dedicated towards creating awareness, acknowledging Obesity and sharing information on it.
In the first week of March, the animated series took an interesting turn in recognizing people’s first language for obesity in Africa. What is people first language you ask? It aims at eliminating weight bias by not labelling a person by their condition. Instead, the person is acknowledged first then followed by their condition, for example, Person with Obesity rather than Obese person.
Week ten of the NCDS 365 Phase Two consisted of sharing information of what Obesity is. Obesity was described as a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. It is diagnosed when your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or higher. Having Obesity increases your risk of other diseases and health problems such as Heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Obesity is said to arise from a combination of inherited factors combined with the environment, personal diet and level of physical activity. With appropriate management of weight, diet and proper physical activity, Obesity can easily be managed.
Common myths about Obesity were debunked in the animated series in week eleven. The first myth was that obesity is caused by poor lifestyle choices. The fact was that although diet and exercise might play a role in causing obesity, many other factors such as genetics, hormones and underlying diseases may lead to the condition. The other myth is that weight loss will fix all your health issues. Despite weight loss being encouraged for good health, sudden weight loss may lead to health depreciation by causing muscle loss, lower metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, sleep issues and other complications. Myth three was that the number of kilos lost is the most important measure of success in obesity. However, it is key to note that long term healthy choices such as a proper nutritious diet and regular physical activity are choices that actually make meaningful change.
The treatment and control strategies of obesity were discussed in the last week of March. The animated series shared that strategies such as having a healthy eating plan, engaging in regular physical activity, weight loss medication alongside other methods (In certain situations) and weight loss surgery. The crucial aspect is to take weight loss, healthy eating and exercise one day at a time then surround yourself with the right environment, people and resources.
Now you know. Lets continue to empower ourselves with knowledge on good health and work together to create awareness and prevent NCDs.
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