It seems everywhere we turn, we are confronted with the obesity epidemic. The dangers, the statistics. In today’s society with the age of technology, convenience foods, less time, less exercise, is there any hope of winning the battle against overweight and obesity.
What is Obesity?The last few decades have seen a steady rise in obesity in adults and children alike. Obesity basically is carrying enough body fat to put you at risk of conditions such as:
- heart disease
- sleep apnoea
- some cancers
Obesity can be determined by calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index) using a formula that includes your weight and height.
What Causes ObesityThere are a number of factors that are causing an epidemic in obesity around the world.
- There are many more foods that are available now that weren’t in our grandparents’ day. These are convenience foods, those foods packed high with sugar and trans fats. We seemed to have moved away from real food into packaged food
- Whilst modern technology has made your life easier, it has also made it more sedentary as you drive instead of walking, sitting on the computer rather than being active. This of course may also cause you to put on the kilograms
- Many of the ‘nutrients’ you consume today, may not trigger your internal weight regulation mechanisms as facilely as foods grown from nature do
- Socioeconomic factors which means that those people with a lower level of education and lower incomes are generally at a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. They also may have less opportunity to consume healthy foods.
- By making healthier choices, you can avoid becoming part of the obesity epidemic. Here are some guidelines: Stay active
- Schedule exercise into your daily routine
- Spend less time doing sedentary activities
- Make healthy food choices from lean meat, fish, poultry, fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds
- Choose the correct portion sizes.