5 Common Causes Of Obesity
Become A Healthy Eater
Obesity and Related Cancer Conditions
Is Obesity Genetic?
5 Common Causes Of Obesity
There are without a doubt a variety of different things that can lead to obesity. They can genetic, hormonal or behavioural.
It is unknown why exactly some people become obese and other’s don’t even when they have similar lifestyles. Some people absorb calories differently and for many being overweight begins in childhood and extends into adulthood.
Obesity was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013 and is treated as such by the medical profession. The invention of bariatric surgery was created with that in mind, that provides medical methods of helping the obese lose weight when they cannot do so on their own. One of the ways that such surgery works is by interfering with the absorption of calories by the body.
Generally speaking obesity is the result of eating more calories than you are burning.
And here are 5 things that can lead to that happening.
When you aren't active you don't burn many calories. And if you are like me and work from home it’s very easy to eat way more than you realize. Add that to the fact you aren't getting much exercise and it can without a doubt lead to obesity.
Bad Eating Habits
As the saying goes, you are what you eat. If your daily diet includes McDonald's for breakfast and lunch that's not good. Yes McDonald's has healthy options but very few of us actually order them.
In order to really eat healthy you will need to cook more and eat out less. Focus on getting lots of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet. If you can cut out fast food all together. If you can limit it to just once or twice a week.
A Lack Of Sleep
Most people have no idea how important getting enough sleep is every single night. When you are sleep that is the time your body repairs itself. When you don't get enough sleep you leave yourself vulnerable to things such as hormone changes and an increase in appetite. Both of these things can lead to you eating more and gaining weight.
There are certain medications that can cause you to gain weight. Some of the most common ones include anti-seizure medications, corticosteroids, beta blockers, antidepressants and diabetes medications just to name a few. One way to try and combat this is through diet and exercise. Try to eat clean as much as possible. You should also try to get at least 4 hours of exercise every week.
If you suffer from certain health issues it may lead to you gaining quite a bit of weight. Things such as Cushing's syndrome can cause weight gain. Arthritis can also lead to weight gain. Not because of the condition itself but because it can make it difficult to do certain activities. You become less active and therefore start to gain weight. If you gain too much weight it can lead to obesity.
Please know a low metabolism is not likely to lead to obesity. A low thyroid function won't either. If you have a medical issue and you notice you are starting to gain weight, speak with your doctor. Find out if it’s the condition or the medications being used to treat the condition. You should also discuss things you can do to prevent a substantial amount of weight gain.
As stated before, one of the best things you can do to combat obesity is eat a healthy, well balanced diet on a regular basis.
The key is to be consistent.
No you don't have to eat healthy every day,
but you should do so at least 4 times a week.
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Related Cancer Conditions
Obesity: A sign of prosperity or a health risk?
There was a time when being overweight was thought of as beautiful. There was a link between wealth and prosperity to a higher body weight and an assumption of overall happiness and generosity in an individual.
In a world plagued by European ideals of body weight, and Hollywood models of beauty, the size zero phenomena has spread worldwide. Thin is now considered beautiful.
However, in a start contract to desirability, obesity has challenged health in the world by being considered a risk factor in many diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke and many other chronic ailments.
In fact, not even the almighty cancer is spared when it comes to linkages between being overweight and obese to higher risks of acquiring the disease.
Understanding The Phenomenon
The judge of whether a person is normal weight or obese is measured through the Body Mass Index calculator. A BMI below 18.5 is underweight, between 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal, above 25 till 29.9 is overweight and anything above 30 is obese. This index calculates the amount of fat cells in the body.
Though not 100% clinically proven, obesity definitely has some effects on tumour formations in a human body. Use of more processed and packaged foods coupled with an alarming increase in consumption of fast food is attributed to this growth in a higher body weight.
It is now said that people above the normal weight above the age of 20 in the USA have risen to 68% of the population from 56% till 1994.
The Deadly Cancer Link
The cancer types related to being overweight or obese are usually:
- Breast cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Endometrial cancer in the lining of the uterus
Obesity Affecting The Body
It has been said by many researchers that one of the main reasons as to why being fat may cause a certain type of cancer is that fat cells are known for producing excess amount of estrogens which may lead to production of tumour in the breast or endometrium.
It has also been noted that an excessive body weight alters the body’s nuclear factor kappa beta system, increases oxidative stress and effects immune responses, all of which may increase the chances of developing a tumour.
There are certain tumour growth regulators in our body, for example, the AMP-activated protein kinase or the rapamycin, which get affected either directly or indirectly though the increase in fat cells.
Cancer risk increases with a ‘subacute’ inflammation or a chronic low-level, which is usually found in obese people. Adipokines is a hormone that inhibits cell growth. This hormone is produced by the fat cells.
Leptin which obese people have in abundance is known to lead to cell proliferation whereas adiponectin possessing anti-proliferative characteristics is uncommon in obese people.
Lastly, and most commonly found is an increase in the level of insulin in the body or insulin-like growth factor in the blood among obese people. This growth condition is known as insulin resistance or hyperinsulemia which aids tumour growth in the body.
Cancer is not just a disease; it is a battle, one who’s disadvantaged team is filled with people with a BMI Index above 25. Though not directly responsible for the cause, odds are stacked against them especially in the arena of hormonal misbalances’ in the body.
However, both underweight and overweight people have various ailments to deal with.
In that regard along, being healthy is something
all humans should aim and aspire for.
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Based on the research done there is no doubt that for some a link does exists between obesity and genetics. If your parents are obese you are more likely to become obese as well, but not all will succumb to this problem.
There are a few myths and facts that need to be understood by everyone and to what extent “Obesity” will do for the health and stability of your future life.
Check out this information for some of the helpful answers to the following >>
Is Obesity Genetic? …. Obesity Myths And Facts
What Is Obesity? …. Obesity And Diabetes
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