Monday, 2 May 2016

Fat Nation; 10 Reasons Obesity Is On The Increase

This is the headline in Friday’s times newspaper 

According to the article, in 2014-15 there were 440,288 admissions to hospital with obesity as the main or secondary factor. 

It is reported that this is the highest figure on record, more than previous decade. 
What is going on? How have we allowed ourselves to become a fat nation? I am sorry, but let's call it what it is. I know that some issues are health related but the majority are lifestyle habits. 

Tam Fry who is a spokesperson for the national obesity forum has this to say “this is just the thin end of a very worrying wedge”. 
With health campaigners warning that obesity will break the NHS. Unless the government takes action. 
I’d like to think that we have a part to play in ensuring that we do not end up obese.  First we have to become aware of the reasons why obesity is on the increase.

So here are 10 reasons for increase in Obesity; 

1. Eating too much and doing too little: According to the NHS, If We consuming high amounts of fat and sugars, and do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, the surplus energy is stored by the body as fat. 

2. Unhealthy diet. The unhealthy daily habits which goes unchecked over time results in obesity. It is not an overnight habit, but one which develops over time. Consistent poor choices such as eating a portion of processed or fast food which is high in fat and sugar, consuming excessive alcohol high in calories all contributes to obesity.

3. Eating Out a Lot –often we eat out to Celebrate special occasions, we begin with a starter, main course and dessert. Food of certain origin contains high amount of fat and sugar. When we eat out,  we end up eating too much. Especially if those we are with are having 3 course meal, we often are guilty by association. We also end up having too much sugary drinks – like fruit juice and soft drinks which are high in calories. 

4. Comfort Eating – during the winter months, it takes more motivation to get up and move about, it is far easier to wrap up warm and sit in front of the TV, which leads to comfort eating. depression and low self-esteem, is another reason why you may eat to make yourself feel better.

5. Genetics
Some people claim there is no point in trying to lose weight because "it runs in my family" or "it's in my genes".
While there are some rare genetic conditions that can cause obesity, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, there is no reason why most people cannot lose weight.
you may have inherited certain genetic traits from your parents – such as having a large appetite – which may make losing weight more difficult, but it certainly doesn't make it impossible.
In many cases, obesity is more to do with environmental factors, such as poor eating habits learned during childhood.

6. Medical Conditions: .
In some cases, underlying medical conditions may contribute to weight gain. These include:
an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) – where your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones Cushing's syndrome – a rare disorder that causes the overproduction of steroid hormones.
However, if conditions such as these are properly diagnosed and treated they should pose less of a barrier to weight loss.
Certain medicines, including some corticosteroids, medications for epilepsy and diabetes, and some medications used to treat mental illness – including antidepressants and medicines for schizophrenia – can contribute to weight gain. Weight gain can also sometimes be a side effect of stopping

8. Affluence: it is generally known that the wealthier we become the more we feel the need to treat ourselves. We don’t have to be mega rich, just a slight increase in our pay check is enough for us to afford to dine out. Let's face it food gives us pleasure, a rich chocolate cake with cream is to die for. We are suddenly able to afford several sweet treats. Consistently indulging can lead to obesity. 

9. Busyness Of Life; who has time anymore to cook? With so many ready made food services available, it's so easy to order take away. The high street is littered with so many food shop. For every non food store which closes down, a food shop pops up in its place, we are spoil for choice now. Fast food are full of salt, saturated fat and sugars.  Cooking from scratch is a good way to control the quantity of these unhealthy items in our food. 

10. Lack of Awareness: despite the government's drive to educate us on the  dangers of unhealthy lifestyle, majority of the population are still unaware of how to eat healthy. Education is power. This why I wrote this article 7 Steps to achieve a healthy looking plate

This headline scares me. The problem of obesity is not just limited to adults, even our children are now fighting the same problem. 
 The number of overweight children in Britain has also reached alarming levels.  With one in five  aged two to four classed as obese do, increasing to one in three aged 10-11.

The report continued, every month 300,000 people moved from a healthy weight to unhealthy. 

Enough of the scaremongering, there is hope for you. Check out my article How I lost 5kg in 9 days and “Forever Living Weight Management Program”. These articles provide information on how you can lose weight and keep it off, by following simple daily habits.

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Reference: NHS, The Times Newspaper

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