The prevalence of overweight and obesity in India is increasing faster than the world average. For instance, prevalence of overweight increased from 8.4% to 15.5% among women between 1998 and 2015, and the prevalence of obesity increased from 2.2% to 5.1% over the same period. India had 0.4 million obese menor 1.3% of the global obese population in 1975, but in 2014, it zoomed to the fifth position with 9.8 million obese men, or 3.7% of the global population. Among women, India has jumped to the third rank with 20 million obese women (5.3% of global population).
Blindly following unscientific trendy diets without understanding one’s genetic
make-up, nutritional deficiencies, food intolerances and the current lifestyle can cause
more damage than good. Drastically cutting calories, eliminating entire food groups,
unscientific fasting or depriving yourself of foods you actually like are not healthy and
sustainable weight management strategies that work in long-term success.
Gene-based weight management is the process of carefully adopting customized lifestyle modifications to maintain a healthy body weight on the basis of a person's genetic make-up, age, gender, height, profession and current lifestyle. It includes eating a healthy diet after considering nutritional deficiencies and food intolerances and increasing personalized physical activity levels based on one’s genetic makeup and injury risks.