India is a land of vibrant colors and diverse cultures. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Indians have varied customs and traditions. Of all, food plays an important role in the Indian diet. As the famous nutritionist and wellness expert of India, Rujuta Diwekar says, “Think Global, Eat Local”.
Although in India the process of cooking wholesome, nutritious food dominates our day-to-day life, we find a rise in the incidence of obesity among Indian women especially those in urban India. Part of the incidence of obesity is attributed to adopting a western dietary lifestyle, increase in sedentary activities and intake of food containing high calories. Gadgets have made some of the mundane activities easy to handle but with the disadvantage of decreased physical activity. More time is spent in sedentary activities especially for those who have desk jobs.
Cultural expectations also play a vital role especially in the health of an Indian woman. In India, household responsibilities continue to be considered as the domain of a woman. An Indian woman shoulders multiple tasks at the cost of neglecting her health. What Indian woman need to realize is the need to take time out for themselves to maintain health and vitality. This will help prevent the early onset of diseases caused due to our fast-paced lifestyle.
The concept of being a superwoman seems to have reached a feverish grip with women feeling the pressure to outlive others expectations. This produces low-grade stress which is also a contributing factor for obesity. Efforts should be made to get other family members involved in household activities. This will serve as a stress buster and also improve mental health.
Exercise and quality time with oneself (popularly called ‘me’ time) should be a non-negotiable part of an Indian woman. This will help in releasing endorphin hormones that provide a positive feeling, kick starting the day with renewed energy. This time should not be compromised for any unattended chores. Some examples of spending quality time are pursuing a hobby or just relaxing with a good book.
Depending on the endurance level of one’s body, a 30-minute exercise regimen of mild-to-moderate intensity should be incorporated. To prevent loss of bone weight as age advances, alternate days of strength training should also be practiced. Of equal importance is the need to “eat right at the right time”. There should be no compromise in maintaining a balanced diet. The painstaking effort that a woman puts to provide nutritious meals to her family should also reflect in her diet. This will prevent the habit of overeating or under eating, both of which are main reasons for weight gain.
Awareness programs should be conducted at offices, hospitals, community centers, and clinics to strongly recommend the need for women to maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle along with physical and emotional support from family members.
Let us put to use the famous lines of late Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, founder of “Iyengar Yoga” and one of the oldest yoga teachers, who taught yoga without any gender bias:
“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”
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