Weight: A Chronic Disease

A chronic disease is something that persists for a long time, usually more than three months. Chronic diseases, when treated can go into remission. However, they also have a nasty habit of coming back as micro traces of the cause remains. It could be a small group of free radicals which turn cancerous again or lingering plaque that blocks your blood circulation. Any good Doctor would tell you that you are better off not contracting the disease in the first place. It may surprise you, but weight should be classified as a chronic disease as well.

Scores of people who have gone on some diet plan will quickly testify to the fact. Once you gain weight, it is hard to lose and harder to keep off. Weight is like a yo-yo. It just keeps bouncing back. You cannot, therefore, treat excess weight like a seasonal cold; one where you can pop a pill and wait for it to disappear. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but you were better off before you put on that excess weight.

Now that you have, the only way forward it to be on maintenance lifelong. There is no shortcut or easy way out of this. Fortunately, all this implies is eating a healthy diet and getting the necessary amount of exercise required to remain healthy. There is a catch though; you need to do this lifelong otherwise the weight will sneak back in, faster than you lost it. Foolishly we treat weight as a temporary phenomenon and the minute you lose the first few kilograms we are quick to believe “mission accomplished.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. Excess weight is symptomatic and most likely reflects underlying disease. If the excess weight is not recent, it probably comes with long-term underlying ailments. It is best to treat it as a medical condition and not a fixer upper for your looks.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.