Could being fat make you lose your job or make you earn lesser than your co-worker? A recently published study shows a noticeable correlation between overweight and a decreased employment rate. This shows that a lean person could thin your chances for a job or a good salary.
It has been noticed that people have suffered monetary loss in getting appraisals, packages and job offer. This stands true in companies where there is direct interface between the company and client. Especially service industry like aviation, hospitality, beauty, marketing, PR employ attractive and fit employees as good presentation is critical to their business. This ideology is gaining relevance and is slowly been accepted and followed by many companies world over.
In fact a study by Judge and Cable tells that especially women who were underweight fetched a higher salary than their fat counterparts.
Besides the physical attributes employees that are fitter have better mental health, stronger immunity, are less stressed, are mostly happy which reflects in their performance. Employers want to invest in stable resources that help grow their business.You can also get an edge for yourself and demand a higher salary package by getting fit and looking good.
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Of late, many people are talking Body Mass Index (BMI). You might’ve heard of it too. Many health websites provide these BMI calculators, and use it to measure your health and fitness level. At Fitho, we believe that this Body Mass Index measurement is a completely inaccurate way to measure your fitness or health levels. We’ll tell you why..
What is BMI- Body Mass Index?
Body Mass Index (BMI) was developed somewhere between 1830-1850. It was used to estimate obesity in populations. To calculate your BMI, take your weight in kgs and divide by the square of your height in meters. Say your height is 1.8 m, its square is 3.24 m2. If your weight is 81 kg, then your BMI is = 81/3.24 = 25 kg/m2.
Why is it misleading?
Let’s take an example for this- Two guys, equally tall (1.8 m) and with the same weight (81 kg). One is athletic with 13% body fat (since muscle fiber is dense), and the other fat at 34% body fat. Both of them have completely different body shapes, but have the same BMI=25 kg/m2. So, how can BMI be an accurate measure of health and fitness level? It does not take into account, your body measurements or your fitness level.
Recently, the health ministry of India announced that if your BMI is over 23 kg/m2, then you’re obese. So, even the muscular guy is categorized as obese. By the new Indian obestiy norms & guidelines, every 2nd person in Delhi is obese!
When you’re trying to get in shape, what do you think is the biggest environmental factor in derailing your resolution? The obvious answer would be the sight and smell of delicious (unhealthy) junk food!
Wrong: You’ll overcome the craving of delicious junk food, but what makes it really tough is working around the social pressure of your family and friends, that are ready to derail your fitness
Believe it or not, your family and your friends have to be equally empathetic towards your fitness goals.
How often has it been that your mother adds that extra bit of ghee (read as love) to your paranthas knowing that you’re trying to lose weight? Or your friends on an evening out, push you towards food & alcohol binging to kill boredom? We’re not saying that ghee is not good. In fact, uncooked ghee has unsaturated fat that helps in better absorption of vitamins or a glass a week of wine has antioxidants. The problem starts when the portions seize to remain under control. You mother can’t see you get in shape as she thinks you look underfed, while you’ve only shed a couple of pounds. And your friends simply don’t think when they are having a good time. There’s no logical reasoning when they want you to down the whole bottle!
Most people grappling with weighty issues are victims of considerable alcohol consumption and they don’t realize it. They might be eating right, exercising well but not paying enough attention to their alcohol intake. Also people on a mission to get fit mostly try to eat at home and still not get anywhere with those extra kilos!
A good way to overcome this huge factor is to make all the people you hang out with aware, that you’re trying to lose weight, and that their support counts. If they want the best for you, they will support you in your goals.
With social support from your family and friends, it will be easier to get fit. Watch your weighing machine become your favorite hang out zone with just a little moral support from your friends and family. It’s the teamwork that will help you stay ahead of your race against fat. So, get them to help you win that race! Need help to lose weight: call us or email us, at Fitho!