Obesity – Global Killer
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What is it?
Obesity and overweight are terms to describe excess body fat. The definition of an overweight person means they have extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat and water. Therefore someone who is obese has a high amount of excess body fat.
Obesity has become a significant problem across the world as we have changed our diets and become less physically active. And is now classed as a medical condition in which excess body fat has built up, obesity has numerous adverse effects on health.
Furthermore, there are expected to be 11 billion more obese adults in the UK by 2030 alone, accruing up to 668,000 additional cases of diabetes mellitus, 461,000 cases of heart disease and strokes, 130,000 cases of cancer with associated medical costs set to increase by £1.9 – £2 billion per year by 2030.
Shocking isn’t it!
Obesity is Preventable
Many Professionals say that obesity is a puzzling disease.
Its not well understood how the body regulates weight and body fat. On the other hand, the cause appears to be simple in that if a person consumes more calories than they use as energy, subsequently they’ll incur weight gain.
However, theres many factors which determine obesity, these can be a combination of genetics, lifestyle, sleep deprivation, lack of exercise and stress. As well as some disorders, diseases and medications may also exert a powerful influence on an individual’s weight.
Let’s look at the few mentioned, remember there’s many more:
Studies have shown that a predisposition toward obesity can be inherited. Although researchers have identified several genes that appear to be associated with obesity, most believe that one gene is not responsible for the entire obesity epidemic.
The majority of current and future research aims to better understand the interaction between these gene variations and our ever changing environment in the development of obesity.
Lifestyle – Diet
We as a society have become lazy; we tend to reach out for unhealthy processed foods. It might be that you’re running late and you’ve skipped breakfast, so you become hungry but now its mainly a choice of unhealthy fast-food outlets. We’ve all done it at some point. But what happens if you train yourself into this habit and make it part of our day?
You will subsequently gain weight from foods which are high in sugar, fat and all things unhealthy!
We’ve all heard the saying ‘get your beauty sleep’ but is there some truth in the saying?
A study conducted back in 2012 showed that those who only had four hours sleep a night had increased levels of ghrelin, a hormone that increases your appetite. It resulted in metabolic changes that led to weight gain!
So, yes theres some truth in the saying, too little sleep contributes to weight gain by boosting hunger signals leading to overeating.
Lack of Exercise
The increasingly sedentary lifestyle that more people around the world are adopting is directly linked to the global obesity epidemic.
You may have a driving job or even drive to work, only to sit at a desk all day long. Then coming home and watching television. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with weigh gain and obesity.
Research has shown that sitting around for as little as 30 minutes can have detrimental effects throughout the body.
Have you ever given in to emotional eating? Then, you already know first-hand how stress affects how you eat.
Chronic stress causes the body to activate pathways involving stress-related factors and stress hormones, such as cortisol, which results in your body holding on to the extra weight more quickly.
So it’s essential to get a good night sleep!
Risks of Health Conditions
Lower Back Pain
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Type 2 Diabetes
Breast and Colon Cancer