• Burning 100 calories requires six minutes of running, 30 minutes of walking or two hours of dishwashing!

• Obese diabetics may need an increased dosage of medication, that in turn could lead to further weight gain

• Lowering weight lowers the body’s insulin resistance, and allows a relatively lower dosage of diabetic medication work more efficiently

• A BMI of over 25 indicates obesity and a predisposition to type two diabetes.

• Indians are prone to diabetes at lower BMIs

• Diabetes can be tackled with a combination of exercise and a diet of low glycaemic index foods.

• Even losing five to 10 per cent of one’s weight reduces the risk of diabetes by more than half