The biggest health issue of the developed world â€“ obesity is catching up with our urban population in India. A survey conducted by Fitho â€“ an online weight loss diet plan service company, found that almost three out of four respondents were overweight. 46% (almost half) were obese with a BMI higher than 25 and that both men and women were equally overweight. It also found that women tended to become overweight two years before men. The average BMI of the respondents was 25.5. India and obesity Not just about looking pretty Itâ€™s important to remember that obesity isnâ€™t just about aesthetics; it is a direct indicator of various health-related ailments like diabetes, heart disease and other lifestyle disorders. In fact, India has already been bestowed the title of the â€˜diabetes capital of the worldâ€™ and the problem is compounded by the fact that Indians are far more prone to cardiovascular illnesses due to the environment we live in and genetic mutation. Men vs Women Men VS WomenOther findings included the fact that the average respondent was likely to be healthy when he/she was 26 and was likelier to obese by the time they turned 38. The study also found that the average respondent was approximately 11 kg overweight. Almost 1/5th of the men were in the obese 2 category (that is BMI over 30 â€“ extremely obese), putting them at a very high risk of health disorders. Comparatively, only 1/7th of the women were in the obese 2 category. Almost 12% of the men weighed over 90 kg, with less than 6% women in that weight range. Other findings showed that non-vegetarians where likelier to be overweight and people who couldnâ€™t cook were also fatter. Shockingly 98% people didnâ€™t want to go to the gym! The dangers of bulge Obesity disease riskPrachi Gupta, CEO of Fitho said, â€˜Being overweight puts you at higher risk for developing a number of health problems including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood cholesterol, stroke and some kinds of cancer. Obesity puts you at a much higher risk of these lifestyle diseases.â€™ The survey also found that people with a higher BMI were far likelier to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease. The people who were overweight also reported higher incidents of knee or back pain. Do they plan to lose weight? The study also found that 70% people were into some kind of physical activity to lose weight were men. 80% gym goers were also likely to be men and walking was the most common weight loss activity. Interestingly, the average age of people who people whoâ€™re currently dieting and exercising have an average age of 39 and a BMI of 28. This suggests that people only start making more healthy choices when they start seeing the consequences of living an unhealthy one. Health.India.Com View â€“ No hasty generalisations Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges and is considered by some to be a global pandemics. However, itâ€™s impossible to judge the an entire nationâ€™s health based on such a small sample size. Thereâ€™s also some controversy about using BMI as the sole indicator of ill-health. Many nutritionists and dieticians have spoken out against using BMI because a personâ€™s weight could be due to a variety of reasons including bone weight and muscle weight. Nowadays, the body fat percentage is considered a more accurate tool to analyse good health. Also, surveys conducted by companies have to be taken with a pinch of salt. For example, a survey conducted by a company that was launching a trimmer found that women preferred men with stylised facial hair and trimmed body hair, while an earlier survey by a razor company found that women preferred clean shaven men! Note: The survey was conducted by Fitho covering newspaper readers in India. There were 4,100 participants with 46% men and 54% women. The BMI demarcation of overweight (BMI>23), obese (BMI>25) and extremely obese (BMI>30) is according to the Indian Health Ministry in 2012. No country for fit people â€“ every other urban Indian is obese! - Read Health Related Blogs, Articles & News on Fitness at Health.India.com Food security Bill is just passed & already Indians have become obese !! LOL on serious note: Due to over weight there is high risk of cancer, ED, Infertility, heart disease, Diabetics, High BP & cholesterol. India does not have proper health awareness program. Sick India leads to economic slow down & hampers its progress. Majority of its people will be concentrating & spending on health issues & will not give importance to other economic & social activities which is necessary for ones own upliftment & indirectly benefits country progress. India is going to be sick country soon with almost 70 Million of its population suffering from Diabetics( life style disease & obese is one of the reason)by 2025, it will be largest diabetic population in the whole world followed by China & US. Heart disease & stroke is directly related to Diabetics. other issues like malnutrition, Infant mortality rate, lack of proper drinking water, sanitation adds to owe. All in all, India is just spending about 4% of its GDP on its Health & with many of government schemes in scams & overlapping with one another. India has to raise its spending to 8-9%( world average) to come out of this problem. I feel education, proper health infrastructure & implementation of government schemes is necessary.