Subject for this year’s World Heart Day will be ‘Healthy Weight, Healthy Shape’ in order to emphasize the fact that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CDV).

CDV includes not only heart attack but also cerebrovascular disease (stroke), hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure. World Health Organization has reported that 29.2% of total global deaths result from the various forms of cardiovascular disease. Geographic and socio-economic factors had nothing to do with it but unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and smoking did.

So, we have a possibility to prevent the disease.

Obesity is one of the major players in what is termed the metabolic syndrome. Obesity can lead to diabetes, which can lead to heart disease. Obesity could result in the metabolic syndrome, which can again lead to heart disease.
So, in order to prevent CVD, make sure you manage your overweight and obesity. Statistics show us that weight loss of 10kg will result in a 20% fall in total deaths, a 30% fall in diabetes-related deaths and a 40% fall in obesity-related cancer deaths. Weight loss also means fall in blood pressure, blood sugar and total cholesterol.

The only conclusion we can come up to would be: “shape up”!