- In the shadow of OBESITY … a real story
my relative had a severe heart attack.
Surprisingly he survived, as he was admitted the near
by hospital within half an hour and got excellent medical
care and treatment.
He was only 36 years old. He was not a smoker. He was
not an alcoholic. He was very hard working. But he was
OVER WEIGHT, 201 pounds (91 kg) and height only 5feet
5 inches. He was not followed regular medical check
up. He has hereditary of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
Had no exercise, his job is sedentary and stressful.
He used fast food very frequently and fried items and
sweets were his weakness. His ‘Family’ was
enjoying inviting of guest and ‘Feed them’
with ‘fats & sweets’ is a regular practice.
Net result is a severe heart attack!
4 days of intensive care and medication he was referred
to a leading hospital in city for angiogram and further
treatment. The angiograph revealed consider improvement
and the blockage were reduced to 70 percent. Doctor
advised to take Treadmill test after 2 weeks. He successfully
completed the test.
The doctor asked him. “Are you prepared to change
your life style-with a healthy diet, regular exercise,
and proper medication?”
After few seconds of initial shock he replied: “Yes,
doctor, I will strictly adhere to your advices”
“OK. Good”. Doctor continued “God
gave you a chance to live. Now you have to decide whether
you have to live long or not. If you miss this chance
you have to go for one or two angioplasty or bye passes
surgeries and there ends every thing!”
Doctor stressed the need of healthy diet, regular exercise,
and proper medication. He also reiterated the need of
changing the life style and clarified his all doubts,
including about his hereditary.
hereditary aspects or a family history of heart disease,
directly contribute less than 10 percent of real risk
and in most instances unhealthy life style, eating wrong,
more and not getting exercise and becoming obese determine
“Over weight indicate only one thing - you are
taking more calories than you are using. Our body hates
to waist good food, so instead of tossing out these
surplus calories that are stored in the form of fat
for future use.”
“Extra weight puts a strain on your heart, kidneys,
and liver and also on the large weight bearing joints
such as the hips, knees and ankles and tend to suffer
back ache, aching leg, swollen ankles and sleeplessness.
Over weight people have above average chance of developing
high blood pressure, Cholesterol, diabetes, stroke,
gall bladder problems, hardening of arteries and gout.”
“Women are more prone to obesity than men because
their bodies are more efficient in storing fat. Obesity
can also lower a woman’s chances of conception
and lower men’s sexual abilities.”
“OK”. Doctor holds his palm on patient’s
shoulder and told very softly but firmly:
“you should reduce 30 kg to avoid further risks.
“Oh! 30 kg”
“Yes” Doctor was very cool and he said:
“It is possible. I have reduced 30 kg. When I
joined this hospital, I was 95 kg weight and my senior
doctor told me to reduce 30 kg with in a year or quit
from the hospital, because my chief doesn’t want
to hear his assistant is died due to a heart attack.”
continued: “Support of all family members are
very essential and entire family has to cooperate for
a common healthy diet. It is also their
responsibility as this change is for the survival of
the person who really supports the family. Remember
this is happened mainly due to bad food habit of the
family, and God gave a chance to correct it and each
member of family and gusts should give their maximum
The dietitian came to room and he suggested various
options of food.
Though doctor and dietitian explained things to patient,
We all realized how much we had been neglecting health
by eating wrong, not getting exercise, adding extra
calories and becoming obese. This dangerous situation
may happen to anybody, as doctor said; God gave a chance
to live, decide to utilize this opportunity and under
stand what is healthy Life Style and pass the information
to others also.
Doctor gave some literature and suggested useful reading
materials, and details of few highly informative websites