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Causes of Obesity

causes of obesity

There are many things that can tip the scale toward excess weight and being aware about them can help you avoid the causes of obesity. The factors that can affect the body weight of a person depends on his or her genes, prenatal and early life influences, certain diseases, unhealthy diet and lifestyle, daily activities and physical environment.

Among all the causes of obesity, the most common factor that plagues people today is their irregular intake of calories. Many people take in more calories than they should and their bodies store these as body fat; when you have too much body fat than what your body can burn, your weight becomes unhealthy.

Read on and find out more about the causes of obesity….

Energy Balance Deficiency

Energy balance refers to your energy in and energy out; inadequacy in energy balance often makes a person overweight or obese. Energy in comes from the amount of calories that you take in your body from food while energy out is the amount of energy that your body releases doing everyday activities. In order to maintain a healthy weight, a balance between these two energies must be obtained. Obesity can happen to you if you take in more calories than you release.

Environment

Unfortunately, the environment encourages an unhealthy lifestyle in more ways than one. If you live in a neighborhood that doesn’t have sidewalks and safe places to walk in, you lose the opportunity to get your daily dose of exercise. Many restaurants and fast foods serve oversized food proportions that make people take too much energy in and this causes excessive weight gain. Moreover, fast food is full of high fat, fillers and sodium thus adds more calories in your body. A busy work schedule is also one of the most common causes of obesity; when you work many hours in a day, you become too tired to participate in any physical activity and it decreases your motivation to do your part in reducing your energy out.

Genes

Some studies have shown that your genes may also have an impact on your body weight. At times, obesity tends to run in families because storing unhealthy fat in the body has become a ‘family trait’ – family members share similar habits, eat the same food and do physical activities together. Children often adapt the habits of their parents which prove that there is a link between your genes and environment.

Inactive and Unhealthy Lifestyle

Many people have difficulty being physically active; most of them spend their time watching T.V., working on computers and other leisure activities that don’t require energy. Additionally, they have been dependent on the conveniences of technology such as riding cars instead of walking to work. Inactivity can cause obesity because it doesn’t burn the calories that you take in. Living an inactive lifestyle can also lead to the development of chronic illnesses such as colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Disease Can Cause Obesity

Obesity is not just an eating problem, disease such as Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain and prevent one from losing weight. Our thyroid regulates our metabolism, and hypothyroidism is a sluggish metabolism; preventing you from metabolizing your fat into energy thus casing obesity. A healthy thyroid is essential; many people have a thyroid condition and are not aware of it. It’s important to have your thyroid checked, particularly if you have gained or are unable to lose weight, you may have hypothyroidism. Our digestive system is considered and called our “second brain”.  Trauma and or unstable emotions can affect your digestive system preventing you from digesting foods properly and cause weight loss or weight gain, sickness and disease. Most of us (including most doctors) do not recognize or know that digestive problems wreak havoc in the entire body, leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer, and more.

Top 5 Benefits of a Healthy Diet

healthy dietFollowing a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables has a lot of benefits to offer. It can lower our risk of developing heart disease such as a heart attack and stroke and it can also protect us against certain types of cancer. Whether we are trying to get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating healthy food is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Here are the top 5 reasons why we should make our daily diet more nutrient-packed:

 

More Productive

Our brain and body needs ‘quality fuel’ to function effectively. A study shows that whenever we eat unhealthy, we are increasing our risk of productivity loss of up to 66 percent. However, if we incorporate healthy foods into our diet, like fresh fruits and vegetables, we ‘fuel’ our brains to function well and our body feels energized which allows us to become more productive at work and in life.

 

Happier

What we eat affects how our brain functions. Dark chocolate can give us the feeling of happiness because it is packed with polyphenol, which is known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is targeted by antidepressants. Bananas are also good for our brain because it is packed with dopamine which is a chief mood booster for the brain. Seeking professional help is advised if we experience serious mood changes throughout the day. But, maybe just eating a dark chocolate covered banana is all the fix you need!

 

Stress-Free

Cortisol is a stress hormone found in our bodies and there are certain foods that can help moderate it. If we eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and Vitamin C, the cortisol levels in our bodies will be reduced. Too much stress is unhealthy for our overall well-being; it breaks down our protein supply that protects us from diseases. To keep our protein stores at a healthy level, we should include fish and dairy in our healthy diet.

 

Eat Less

Quality trumps quantity. This holds true when it comes to eating healthy. Fresh foods consist of fewer low-nutrient fillers that our bodies burn through quickly. Other advantages when healthy and less is the savings in your pocket book.  For some, you should experience weight loss while everyone will have a greater sense of well being and a clear mind.

 

Live Longer

Healthy eating can reduce our risks of developing chronic diseases that may shorten our lives. Eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise are guaranteed by health experts to increase our life expectancy. Moreover, we can save from spending on expensive and painful Botox procedures because our skin will look glowing and young. Fruits and vegetable are high in antioxidants and can help protect our skin.