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Fitterfly survey shows 60% of Indian doctors suffer from excess weight

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Thursday, July 1, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

A survey conducted by digital therapeutics company Fitterfly showed some interesting facts about the health of our doctors, who are out there in the trenches fighting for the lives of individuals infected by the virus. The survey showed that 60% of Indian doctors suffer from excess weight.  

Ahead of the national Doctors’ Day, celebrate on July 1 every year, Fitterfly recently conducted a survey to measure the degrees of health and wellness of 1,000 doctors. The findings indicate that the gatekeepers of our health were at high risks themselves, and the doctors need to take care of their health.

The survey conducted with doctors in the age groups of 25- 60, of 868 male and 132 female doctors using anthropometry (human body measurements), medical history, BMI category, levels of physical activities, taking into account their calories, carbohydrate, fat, micronutrients and protein consumption. All these doctors entered their meals and activity data in Fitterfly Wellness App. Fitterfly wellness app has the India’s largest database of recipes and micronutrient calculations for various age groups and health conditions. Fitterfly has been working with 1,200+ doctors in the past year, helping them manage their health better.

Some of the key findings were: Over 60% of the doctors had a BMI in the overweight and obese category; while 71% of the doctors had no prior health conditions, 6% had diabetes, 10% had hypertension, and 5% had diabetes and hypertension. Other common health conditions as observed included dyslipidemia, GI dysfunction, asthma, PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), arthritis, migraine and hypothyroidism’.

Based on the detailed professional profiling call and information given by the doctors, it was recorded that only 22% of the doctors were physically active; A majority of the doctors also had an imbalance of macronutrients - protein, carbs and fats consumed. 67% of the doctors were consuming really low protein as evidenced by less than 10% of their daily calories from protein; An alarmingly high percentage of doctors ~ 77% were consuming more than the recommended amounts of fat; The micronutrient analysis findings showed less than 10% of the doctors surveyed met 75% of the recommended value of various vitamins and minerals like zinc, omega 3 and iron.

The survey indicated that one of the most important factor contributing to their health index has been faulty dietary habits and exercise regime. Erratic working hours and long daily schedules have resulted in the medical professionals not focusing on their health.

Speaking of the study conducted Dr Arbinder Singal, co-founder & CEO of Fitterfly said “Doctors are the torch-bearers of a nations’ health, playing a vital role in keep the population free of diseases. But, their hectic work schedules do not allow them to practice what they preach to their patients. On National Doctors Day we wanted to draw attention to the health quotient of our medical fraternity and urge them to care for themselves while addressing the health of their patients.”

An interesting fact about Doctor’s Day is that it is celebrated on different dates in different countries. In India, we celebrate it on the 1stof July every year.


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