Shifting excess weight

Beyond physical appearance is the real issue that need to be addressed, the desire to live a long and health life is enough of incentive to pay attention to ones own health.

To add to Nigeria long list of issues that we are not comfortable to talk about is overweight and its potential consequences. I’ve read that God created both fat and thin so no one should judge, easy to know when to take a bow when religion is dragged to obvious issue that we have power to manage.

A friend and I were chatting the other week, she is concerned about her mother’s health. The mother is diabetic and has high BP. As common as this is in Nigeria, we are not doing much about it as cause of sudden death is usually unspoken about.

My friend’s mother is one of the lucky ones to have a family who is supportive. As 75 years old living in the city with her daughter, her lifestyle is different from what it once was, her physical activity has reduced significantly since retirement from work however, in order to stay healthy she takes brisk walk twice a day, and cooks her food separate from the family as she is on low sodium diet. This on top of her prescribed drugs to help keep her health issues under control.

Dr Biodun Ogungbo regularly writes about health issues as it relates to Nigerians on Punch. This week his article is about raising awareness to the background health problems that lead up to stroke. His article titled “Big stomachs, big bottoms” – is one many Nigerians can associate with straight away.

The saying the bigger the better is true but at what risk?

Adults will always choose what’s more important to them, but since our health sector isn’t equipped to treat stroke well, maybe we owe it to ourselves and loved ones to stay healthy.

” Everyone must know the root causes of stroke such as high blood pressure and diabetes. High blood pressure or hypertension is the biggest underlying cause of stroke in Nigeria.”  “Others who have been diagnosed, stop taking medications for various reasons. Some because their pastor said they were cured at the last retreat!” Dr Ogungbo

To solve a problem is to recognise there is one. I am glad someone who knew about the increasing rate of stroke from professional angle is talking about it, hopefully news will spread so we can all take pride in helping one another to stay alive and healthy.


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7 replies

  1. I have always wondered if indeed weight gain is a sign of affluence. But as far as Nigerians go, I have little doubt that it is; in majority of cases.

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  2. Stroke is not a particularly pretty health issue. It can be mild or deadly or just plain debilitating. The debilitating part is the most ugly because you would have a lot of additional health issues after that. You may not be able to talk, one side of your body can be weakened you can remain a vegetable for the rest of your life. It’s a good thing to discuss beforehand because if you can take preventive measures, that would be the way to go.

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