Despite the development of technological advancement in this world, there are still a number of countries which suffers from hunger and malnutrition. Ironically for some countries, the abundance of food has been prevalent– resulting people to overfed themselves.
In a 2014 study covering 19.2 million adults in 186 countries showed more and more people are becoming obese.
This study used data from high income English-speaking countries, including UK, USA, Aust
ralia, Ireland and Canada. The result shows that–from 1975 to 2014–severely obese people from these countries have increased more
than a quarter.
United Kingdom has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe. Obesity levels in the UK is 20% higher in the last 30 years and the costs to the UK economy exceed £3 billion per year.
Expert predicts more than half the population could be obese by 2050.
Turning into an obese society.
Obesity is closely linked as a consequence to the abundance and convenience of modern life. The society that we are living has a major influence on the decisions we make for our lifestyle.
Instead of using properly the wondrous gifts of modern technology into our lives, we became slaves to these technologies, thus, all contributed to encourage inactivity and overeating.
Research has shown that adults spend about six hours a day engaged in sedentary pursuits like, watching TV, playing video games, scrolling social media and other low-energy activities.
Here are some of the facts presented in the study that shows some reasons why an increasing number of people are becoming obese:
- Because of the development of transportation, the average distance a person walked for transport purposes has fallen from 255 miles a year in 1976 to 192 miles in 2003, while car use increased by more than 10%.
- In 2012, only 67% of men and 55% of women aged 16 and over met the government’s recommendations for physical activity of 150 minutes a week.
- Leisure time is increasingly spent indoors. The advancement of Internet encourage children to prefer playing games in the computer rather than go outside to play games with their friends. Moreover, due to safety concerns and a lack of access to green spaces and sports facilities, parents prefer their children to stay at home.
- Longer working hours and more desk-bound jobs over the past decades have resulted in limiting opportunities for other forms of activity during the working day.
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of a many serious illnesses, such as, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, as well as cancer.
Based on a study, being obese decreases life expectancy by nearly 10 years. It has also been suggested that in the not too distant future, obesity could not only become the leading cause of liver failure, but also the leading cause of cancer worldwide.
Whether you’re suffering from obesity or not, you must take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems. Balance is key in helping maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories you eat and drink with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.
Here are some of the helpful ways on how to prevent obesity:
- Crack some sweat. Discipline yourself to get at least 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity activity every single day to prevent weight gain. Moderately intense physical activities includes 15-minute mile, or weeding and hoeing the garden, fast walking and swimming.
- Change eating habits. Focus on low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid saturated fat and limit sweets and alcohol. Avoid beverages with added sugar, such as soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice drinks. Instead, drink plenty of water. Most importantly, choose foods that promote a healthy weight and good health most of the time. Change the habits and the weight will take care of yourself.
- Be consistent. No matter how hectic your schedule will be, or how demanding your job is, always sticking to your healthy-weight plan and do your daily health assignment everyday! There’s always a time for everything. A little portion intended for your well-being would not be that bad right?
Thus, it is important that we should improve our understanding on the causes of obesity and its underlying effects. We must work hand in hand in reversing the obesity trend that will require society as a whole to think differently.
Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own health. We should be free to make choices in creating an environment that encourages healthier eating and physical activity.
With the abundance of food in front of us, let’s learn to eat less and move more.