Obesity - Lifestyle Disorder

Yet another health issue that can crop up because of your lifestyle is obesity. Obesity was not considered as a health issue until a few years ago. However, advanced studies about obesity and its relationship with other diseases and the increasing number of obese people, the world over, has made the medical professionals classify obesity as a serious health issue.

Obesity is defined as an excess accumulation of the body fat. This excess accumulation happens when caloric intake exceeds caloric expenditure.

Lifestyle factors leading to obesity:

  • Improper dietary habits
  • Sedentary life (no exercises or physical activity)

A WHO report reveals that obesity is one of the 10 leading reasons for death, worldwide.

While heredity is also one of the major reasons for obesity, there are many factors that can account for being overweight. Some people begin to gain weight as they grow older, even though their eating habits have remained constant. This can be the result of a gradual slow down of the body's metabolism as the individual ages and requires less food to do the same amount of work.

People with sedentary lifestyles are also more likely to be overweight than those who exercise regularly.

Over-eating when under stress also contributes to obesity. Learning not to use food for coping with stressful situations may be an important key to weight control.

Obesity can do this to you:

  • Double your risk for cardio vascular diseases

  • Increase the risk for Type II diabetes

  • Increase risk of colon and breast cancer

  • Increase your blood pressure

  • Create lipid disorders

  • Lead to osteoporosis

  • Cause depression

 

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