Upward Mobility - The stigma and anguish surrounding obesity
A WHO report suggests that, globally, more than 1 Bn people struggle with obesity every day. To put this into perspective, every eighth person the world has excess body fat that has reached a stage wherein it has become detrimental to their health and mobility. If you think this is a condition that only adults are afflicted with, think again. Another WHO study states that close to 40 million children (under the age of 5) are either obese or overweight.
What is obesity?
The terms obese and overweight are often used interchangeably, but that is not quite the case. Both these conditions are a derivative of your body mass index (BMI). This is a unit used to measure the weight-to-height ratio of people. While it may not be the most accurate determinant, due to certain other factors that can influence weight such as gender, age, bodily disposition, etc., it is the most universally accepted one.
In adults, a BMI between >=25 and <30 is deemed overweight while a score of 30 and above qualifies as obese. Obesity can be further categorised into three classes with the third one (BMI >=40) being termed severe obesity.
What causes obesity?
There is no singular known cause for obesity and this condition can be caused by a host of issues. These include a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and genetics. Except some aspects that are beyond your control, for the most part – obesity is preventable and manageable.
Bringing changes to your dietary habits, exercising regularly, and maintaining a balance in the various aspects of life are all known to keep your weight within the prescribed limit.
Although it may not be the direct cause, obesity is a causal factor for several health conditions that include:
High BP and Cholesterol
Type II diabetes
Obstructive sleep apnea
Furthermore, obese people are at a serious risk of contracting Covid-19 and are thrice as likely to be hospitalised due to a severe infection.
Obesity and mental health
Apart from the physical ailments and diseases caused by obesity, there is a direct connection between obesity and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Seemingly harmless jibes such as “fat jokes”, calling names and bullying are some common problems faced by the obese in every stage of life–from school to college and in relationships. The social stigma surrounding the condition and the challenges in performing daily chores can lead to bouts of mental agony and low self-esteem. The struggles of an obese person include lateral and upward mobility issues, shopping, travelling and much more.
How can Sanrai help those with obesity?
Sanrai’s diverse range of products can help those struggling with obesity to lead a healthier, fulfilling, more inclusive life. Their range of world-class mobility equipment from manufacturers such as Drive DeVilbiss includes wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, and rollators. Renowned for their durability, sturdiness and quality, Sanrai’s mobility product range helps you to maintain independence and personal hygiene at all times.
Mobility Scooters: Unable to enjoy a simple trip to the shopping mall or a dinner with friends at a restaurant? This is where the powered mobility range from Drive DeVilbiss comes in. Drive’s electric scooters can help you be up and about without any discomfort or inconvenience.
Powered Wheelchairs: If steering a scooter is difficult for you, you may want to check out the wide range of powered wheelchairs by Drive DeVilbiss. These wheelchairs are ideal for those who find it difficult to steer a scooter. Additionally, these wheelchairs are foldable - making it easy to transport or store them at home.
CPAP Machines and Masks: The link between obesity and sleep apnea is pretty well known. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that can lead to potentially life threatening conditions such as Type II Diabetes and heart disease. Drive DeVilbiss offers a wide range of CPAP devices that helps you get a good night’s sleep. These portable devices are easy to manage and maintain, taking very little space on your bedstand.
Bathroom Safety Gear: The bathroom is the most common site for falls and injuries.. However, this should not force you to compromise your personal hygiene and well-being. Our range of raised toilet seats or shower chairs can help you shower or use the toilet without the risk of slipping or falling.
Obesity is a big hindrance to your upward mobility and impedes your ability to live a wholesome life. But that should not stop you from leading a rich life. Using one or more of the several Drive DeVilbiss bariatric products you can ensure a high-quality life and do all the daily chores that your condition has been limiting you from.