Obesity is a chronic disease affecting everyone. According to Obesity Action Coalition, it is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat. Obesity can be identified by having a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater. But, what are the things that make a person being an obese? How it can be prevented?
People may become an obese for many different reasons. The following are some of the most common causes of obesity according to Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP:
- Genetics Obesity tend to run in families. A chance of a person to develop obesity is greater if one or both parents are obese. Genetic traits that are inherited from parents such as having a large appetite and poor eating habits learned from childhood may make losing weight more difficult.
- Overeating. Obesity happen overtime when you take in lot of calories and food high in fat or sugar than you use to eat. Fast food, fried food, and sweets are some examples of food high in fat or sugar and food that have a lot of calories in a small amount of food.
- Inactive Lifestyle. The National Health and Nutrition Examination survey showed that physical inactivity was strongly correlated with weight gain in both sexes. One reason for this is that many people spend hours watching tv and surfing in internet as leisure activity. People who are inactive gain weight because they don’t burn calories that they take in from food and drinks.
- Emotional Factors. Some people feels that emotions influence their eating habits. People eat more if they are bored, angry, or stressed. This may lead to gain weight and may cause obesity.
- Medical Reasons. In some cases, underlying medications may contribute to weight gain. The reason of weight gain depends for each medication.
If you are experiencing or you are doing one of these things, here are some tips to prevent unhealthy weight gain according to Mayo Clinic:
- Exercise Regularly. Have a 150-300 of moderate- intensity activity a week. Examples of moderately intense physical activities are swimming, jogging, and walking.
- Follow a Healthy Eating Plan. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and food that are low- calorie. Limit your sweet and alcohol and avoid eating food that are rich in saturated fat. Limit your snacks and eat 3 regular meals a day.
- Monitor Your Weight Regularly. Monitor you weight at least once a week in order for you to know if your efforts are working. By weighing yourself regularly, it can help you detect small weight gains before they become big problems.
- Be Consistent. Stick to your healthy- weight plan all the time. It increases the possible chances of long term- success.
Be healthy! Being healthy helps human to live longer and enjoy the life of being alive. Being healthy makes a person happy and motivated to do things that can bring joy to each and everyone.
Sources: Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://i.ndtvimg.com/i/2016-03/obese-woman-generic_650x400_71458034021.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://blog.zisboombah.com/wp-content/uploads/overweight-family.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://www.leanitup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/overeating.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://www.parenthub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/obese_child_sleeping_game_controller.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://img.allw.mn/content/www/2010/01/10-causes-of-obesity/Medicine_causes-obesity.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SKZhA1Q1cgk/TpMZ0MkLKhI/AAAAAAAAAWQ/5yrIVrKNp_Q/s1600/blind-binge.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://www.logichealth.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Top-6-Ways-To-Stay-Fit-.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://www.thehansindia.com/inside_images/eating_healthy.jpg
Google images (December 16,2016). Retrieved from http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1958865/images/o-WEIGHING-YOURSELF-facebook.jpg
Balentine, J. R. (2016). MedecineNet. Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/obesity_weight_loss/page3.htm
Mayo Clinic Staff (June 5, 2015). Obesity. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/basics/prevention/con-20014834