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.
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.
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.