Most health problems have been attributed to people being overweight and as such, they have been advised to be cautious with what they ate.
In an exclusive interview with Doctor Sarah Mwangi at her office from Karuri health Center in Banana yesterday, she said many people had been flocking to health centres for reasons that they could deal with through their diet.
She singled out obesity saying it was mostly caused by lifestyle which to many was not an issue until they developed other health complications.
Saying that women were mostly affected by the conditions, the medical expert cautioned them to observe what they fed on so that they reduce the myriad of health challenges especially when they were expectant.
The doctor however noted that it was not a secret that pregnancy comes with metabolic changes which made the body to store more energy for them and the unborn baby. The increase of weight in expectant women was unavoidable but warned that it was a license to eat double portions so long as they ate a balanced diet.
Eating for 2 during the post pregnancy is very fatal. Mrs. Mwangi says it also comes with unhealthy craving. When craving crops up, you should be able to control it and don’t allow it to control you. You should be able to lose pregnancy fat within 6 months of birth to avoid being obese she said.
She pointed out that genetic predisposition may also cause obesity. This can come from respective family members being with big bodied. This genetics are the major factors that contributes to women growing obese. The chances of you growing fat is higher if you come from a family with plump bodied than those who don’t.
The health expert observed that women have these bad eating habits and don’t involve themselves into physical activities and exercise. She warned mothers who had just delivered to desist the temptation of overfeeding with an excuse that we are in close proximity to food and therefore end up eating too much food and hence getting addicted to fast food, Mrs. Mwangi said.
She added that women tend to be obese simply because their hormones may cause a woman to gain weight. This hormones control their body reaction to an extent that they ate so much but they don’t gain weight to be plump. At times, they ate small portions but found out they had gained a lot of weight.
Mrs. Mwangi concluded that people should change their lifestyle to manage their weight. Eat a healthy diet containing the vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates and also don’t forget to eat a lot of fruits. Take enough water and avoid junk food with fats and with no time, you will notice the difference. Also exercise a lot and keep your body on the move most of the hours so as to help digestion of the food she said.
Source: Kenya News Agency