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National Anti Obesity Day – November 26, 2023

National Anti-Obesity Day is observed on November 26 of every calendar year. The goal of this day is to highlight how obesity is a public health hazard and encourage people to work towards ending it. It was created in 2001 by the Indian wellness brand V.L.C.C. with the active involvement of the medical fraternity and other key stakeholders in all the countries where it has a presence, as part of an annual campaign conducted in November and December to promote the development of good lifestyle habits to stay healthy and fit.

History of National Anti Obesity Day

During the 1930s, life insurance companies in the United States started screening potential clients for body weight, and in the 1950s, doctors openly linked increasing rates of obesity with subsequent increases in the diagnosis of heart diseases. The prevalence of obesity didn’t change much during the 1960s and ‘70s, but it escalated sharply starting from the 1980s when the obesity rate was 13.4 %. However, it wasn’t until the year 2000 that the number of people who were overweight or obese was greater than the number of those who were underweight. In a 2011 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was reported in a 2012 issue of the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” it was revealed that the obesity rate in the U.S. had skyrocketed to 34.9%.

The Indian wellness brand V.L.C.C. created National Anti Obesity Day in 2001 with the active involvement of the medical fraternity and other key stakeholders in all the countries where it has a presence, including the United States. It was part of an annual campaign conducted in November and December to promote the development of good lifestyle habits to stay healthy and fit.

In 2012, V.L.C.C. tied up with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (W.F.P.), to launch a nutrition availability imbalance awareness-building initiative: the “Global Balance Program,” a public communication campaign that has been recognized as one of the best Corporate Social Responsibility awareness-building campaigns in the world by the World Economic Forum (W.E.F.).

National Anti Obesity Day timeline

Obesity Rate in the U.S. Escalates

The obesity rate is 13.4%.

More People are Overweight Than Underweight

The obesity rate in the U.S. skyrockets to 34.9%.

Anti-Obesity Day is Created

Indian wellness brand V.L.C.C. creates National Anti-Obesity Day as part of its annual campaign to stay fit and healthy, with the active involvement of key stakeholders in all the countries where it has a presence, including the U.S.

V.L.C.C. Launches The Global Balance Program

Together with the United Nations’ W.F.P. launches this nutrition availability imbalance awareness-building initiative to complement Anti-Obesity Day.

National Anti Obesity Day FAQs

What drug speeds up metabolism?

Scientists discovered that the drug mirabegron increased brown fat metabolic activity and that resting metabolic rate also rose by an average of 203 calories per day.

How many categories of obesity are there?

There are four categories based on body fat composition and distribution, they are “normal weight obese,” “metabolically obese normal weight,” “metabolically healthy obese,” and “metabolically unhealthy obese.”

What is the number one cause of obesity?

The number one cause of obesity is consuming too much fat and sugars, and not moving enough to burn off the energy.

How to Observe National Anti Obesity Day

  1. Enroll for a long-term study on weight loss

    If you’re looking to lose weight, the organizers of A.O.D. are probably doing a long-term study on this day that you can participate in. You’ll be given a personalized diet and medical care by professionals with frequent follow-ups on paying a nominal fee.

  2. Learn healthy recipes

    Something you can do on your own is to look up healthy or low-calorie recipes on the internet or in specialized books. Learn how to cook these dishes and incorporate them more often into your usual menu. You’ll learn something new and become healthier without having to think too much about it.

  3. Visit a nutritionist

    An expert will be able to tell you how healthy your current food habits are, what you can improve on, and what foods are right for you. Ideally, you should visit at least once every year.

5 Interesting Facts About Weight

  1. Body Mass Index

    A person’s Body Mass Index (B.M.I.) is calculated by their weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters; if it’s greater or equal to 25, the person is considered overweight, and if it’s greater or equal than 30, the person is considered obese.

  2. Fifth leading risk for global deaths

    That is the risk that obesity and overweight pose, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

  3. 2.8 million adults die every year

    That’s how many adults in the world die from being overweight or obese per year, according to the WHO.

  4. Resulting diseases

    44% of diabetes cases, 23% of ischaemic heart diseases, and 7-41% of certain instances of cancer are attributable to overweight and obesity.

  5. Children’s statistics

    In 2011, over 40 million children under the age of five were overweight.

Why National Anti Obesity Day is Important

  1. It’s important to remain fit and healthy

    We’ve elaborated on the dangers of being overweight or obese. We must make a habit out of eating well and balanced if we want to live a healthy life without any complications.

  2. It’s worrying that more people die from being overweight than underweight

    This says a lot about our society. It’s one thing that many people don’t have enough to eat, but it’s even worse that more have so much that it kills them. It’s harder to fix a society full of excess, and the least we can do is keep it from getting worse.

  3. We need to address childhood obesity

    To stop this situation from getting worse, it’s important to teach healthy habits to the newer generations. Childhood obesity continues to be on the rise, and if children can remain fit from an early age, the better their health will be when they grow older.

National Anti Obesity Day dates

2023November 26Sunday
2024November 26Tuesday
2025November 26Wednesday
2026November 26Thursday
2027November 26Friday

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