Overweight and obesity is a big health problem at present. In all the countries the youth have problem with their weight. Young women have eating disorders or overweight. Young men have problem with his T-Shirt when the weather becomes mild. The health insurances say that almost 30% of the persons treated for weight problems are below 18 years old. The youth must be given the right information so that they know what they do and what is right. I try to explain some of the important general points from today onwards.

Today’s theme is fats: as you know there are saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. These are groups of substances. Animal fats are different than plant fats, but we need all fats. The saturated fats intake should not be too much. Plant fats are good as most of them are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. One gram of fat has 9 calories and this is more than double the calories of protein or carbohydrates. That is why it is better to avoid excess intake of fats. Do not avoid fat completely and this is bad for our health.

Monounsaturated fats are very healthy and this makes olive oil healthy. All plant oils are healthy. Mostly the omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids ratio must be right.

Saturated fatty acids have short, middle and long chain saturated fatty acids. Short and middle long chain fatty acids are very healthy. This makes coconut very healthy because 80% of the fatty acids present are short and middle chain fatty acids.

Fats are our reserve energy. They also protect the important organs like heart and reproductive organs. Excess carbohydrate increases the fat in our body as sugar is converted into fat in the liver. It is the case with excess protein intake also. A part of protein is converted into sugar and excess sugar is once again converted to fat.

Never avoid nuts and seeds and these have not only good fats but also the essential minerals what our body needs.

Avoiding fat totally causes constipation.

The fat soluble vitamins need fats; otherwise they could not be absorbed in our intestine.

Plant food has no cholesterol. All animal food has cholesterol.

Enjoy your food and fat gives taste to your food.