If you thought that life-style diseases like heart ailments, diabetes and obesity are restricted to India’s large metros. think again. The “couch potato” syndrome is trickling down to small cities and villages as well.

According to figures released by the National Health Survey III, 13% of people in the country are obese. “With rising income levels and changing life-styles, people even in rural areas and small towns are facing problems like coronary blockage and diabetes due to richer diets and sedentary life-style,” senior cardiac surgeon Dr Ravi Kasliwal said.

Lifestyle diseases are diseases that appear to become ever more widespread as countries become more industrialized. They are different from other diseases because they are potentially preventable, and can be lowered with changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment.

Lifestyle diseases are a result of an inappropriate relationship of people with their environment. The onset of these lifestyle diseases is insidious, they take years to develop, and once encountered do not lend themselves easily to cure.

Lifestyle factors that are known to impact your overall health and well being include: Alcohol, Exercise, Sleep, Smoking & Stress.