Much to the knowledge of everyone, sedentary behaviour and obesity have known to co-exist quite peacefully. Fast food combined with physical inactivity has shown to have serious implication on people’s health. An approximate of 2 million deaths every year are attributed to physical inactivity. This has lead WHO issue a warning that sedentary lifestyle could very soon be among the top 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world.
Along with giving rise to obesity, a sedentary lifestyle is known to double the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, while also increasing the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression, and anxiety. Not significantly discussed, but inactivity both in kids and adults has begun to plague the present as well as the future generations.
A lethargic life coupled with poor diet and nutrition has increasingly become a part of our everyday lifestyle. The preventive measures recommended by WHO include moderate physical activity for up to 30 minutes every day, tobacco cessation and healthy nutrition.
One of the most basic and elementary explanations to why people gain weight would be that there is supposedly an energy imbalance- they consume more than they burn. But, it would be too simple to just blame calories for obesity as it is also lack of willpower and sedentary lifestyle that has led to a gradual increase in the obesity graph.
The 5 key factors mentioned below are the main reasons that have led to the obesity epidemic:
Calories Calories intake has gone up since the last decade. Most of the extra calories consumed come from the sugary and starchy food and beverages. Liquid calories are considered even worse as they do not reduce the appetite as much as solid foods.
Toxic foods One of the prime reasons for our increased calorie intake is that we are surrounded by cheap and low nutrient food items. The food items are easily available in oversized portions. The abundance of these junk food items like packaged snacks, ready-to- eat meals, and soft drinks have made our toxic calorie intake even easier.
Sugar overload The natural sugar that is found in fruits and milk is not a problem, but the liberally added sugar in cookies, candies, pasta sauces, ketchup, canned food items, and breakfast cereals is what can be considered to increase the weight. So, regardless of how much sugar is metabolized the problem exists in too much consumption.
Fewer home meals The meals cooked outside tend to be higher in calories and less in nutrients. So, having more outside meals than home-cooked ones can gradually increase the body weight.
Sitting in one place Being less physically active and sitting too much in one position reduces leisure time which means burning fewer calories and storing more as body fat. This clears the path to gaining unhealthy weight. Make sure to take care of your health and lifestyle before it worsens and leads to adverse health effects.