If the human body is an input-output system, that is, what you put in, you shall tuck out, why is being overweight such a pervading problem in Pakistan? Countless people, myself included, yo-yo between weight loss and weight gain throughout their adolescent lives.
While policymakers look to Turkey for solutions to dispose of our waste, who in the health ministry is turning to solve our growing waist problem? With the government not budging on its ‘top priorities’, the problem and its remedial measures ‘wrest’ with the individual.
I have been a victim of a lack of resources and care when it comes to weight loss here at home. Luckily, I was able to enact several positive changes and realize that weight loss is not impossible; it is possible with the right mindset and lifestyle.
Let’s agree that most of what we eat today, our grandparents won’t even recognize as food. The simpler, closer to nature foods have left us – whole grain has been replaced by processed white flour and ghee by hydrogenated oil. Given the caloric value of our meals, people are becoming the perfect targets for heart attacks – target killing in the real sense of the word!