Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Impossible is Nothing

After reading a recent post on The Langar Hall about Fauja Singh, I was reminded about how important it is for our community to have role-models like him to look upto and to inspire us to get into shape. His accomplishment's are amazing but so is his mentality. I remember an interview with him from a few years ago where he outlined (in Punjabi) his very simple diet and routine. Many people my age found Fauja Singh to be incredibly inspiring and I just hope he had the same impact on our parents' generation since they often need the most motivation!

The global obesity problem should be no surprise to anyone now, as it has been receiving a lot of attention lately. The numbers are staggering:
The World Health Organization predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese.
Whoa, that's... a lot. So I wonder how we, as a community, are addressing this rising concern. A recent study in India found Punjab to have the highest prevalence of obesity among women. Experts are worried that the increase in obesity will lead to more health problems as people who are overweight have a higher risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes and other diseases including some cancers. Clearly there's a need to encourage our community to shed their sedentary lifestyles and rethink their diets. For the time being, we have Fauja Singh and Milkha Singh to keep us on our toes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Obesity is certainly a growing problem. Over the last 20 years, obesity in adults has rocketed with more than 60% in men and 50% in women. And the signs are that this problem won't improve. In children aged between 2 and 15, 28% of girls and 22% of boys are overweight.