Obesity is a chronic medical disease and not a cosmetic concern. That might make you seem less attractive.
OBESITY AND EFFECTS
Fat-shaming and its effects:
“My God! How much weight you’ve put on!”, ” You’re getting so fat, you should exercise.” Heard such petty remarks for a chubby friend recently, at a wedding. It made me realize how superficial people still think. or even they’re fat-shaming. According to research, it is harmful and has psychological effects.
Even though 13% of the world’s population is obese (as of 2016), still there is no acceptance of fat people. Fat shaming is a form of bullying and does not, in any way motivate the person to lose weight. Instead, it stresses them into eating more, causing even more weight gain. For relief from stress, check out this.
Criticizing fat people for their weight is not a solution. It’s an issue itself.
Nonetheless, obesity is the mother of all diseases. And it leads to many other harmful illnesses such as:
High blood pressure
In 2001, there were 300,000 deaths recorded in the US from obesity-related diseases.
Causes of obesity:
There are many causes of obesity. Some of which can be avoided, to lead a better and healthier lifestyle.
Follow me till the end of this article to learn all about the causes of obesity and how to avert them as well.
Causes of obesity are below:
Less physical activity
- Eating more
- Psychological Association
- Social and environmental issues
Physical activity burns calories. Doing no exercise or less physical activity is the most common cause of obesity. Sedentary people gain more weight. Intaking more calories than you burn will deposit as fat in your body, resulting in weight gain.
Eating more than needed often leads to fat gain. Especially if you eat unhealthy food too much, such as food that is too oily for eg: fast food, or a diet that is rich in fats. Consuming too many sugary sweets also causes weight gain. Simple Carbohydrates such as sugars, fructose, soft drinks contribute to coarsen you up.
People having one or both parents obese are most likely to be obese themselves. It runs in the family! This is because of the reason that genetics affect our hormones. And hormones such as “leptin“ regulate fat in our bodies. Leptin checks fat stored in the body and stimulates the brain to eat less. Thus “Leptin deficiency” leads to obesity.
Members of the same family usually share similar eating habits. Thus have resembling body types as well.
Many medicines cause weight gain as a side effect. But those medicines are for the treatment of some other disease and thus are essential.
Females gain weight around the hips and thighs. This is due to hormonal changes women undergo throughout their life. Postmenopausal women secrete fewer hormones than before. As mentioned above hormones are responsible for many metabolic activities including weight gain. Hormones that determine weight gain or loss are:
Pregnancy is also a common factor causing an increase in weight.
It has been observed that people eat more, in response to a certain emotion or a psychological state. Stress eating, eating for fun when bored, feeding more when angry, or binge eating is one of many causes leading to eating disorders and obesity.
Social and environmental issues
A healthy lifestyle is neither easy nor cheap. Having less or no facilities for a healthy diet may cause obesity. Not having proper places to exercise or walk makes the situation even worse. Moreover, the lack of awareness and deprivation of health care leads to a low-quality lifestyle. So, our environment and social conditions play an important part in our healthcare system.
Protection from obesity
Losing weight is not easy, once you’ve gained a lot of it. Yet, not gaining weight in the first place is not so hard.
Children who are overweight in their teenage are highly predictable to be obese adults. Thus, taking the necessary precautions at an early stage prevents obesity.
You should be even more careful if one or both of your parents are obese.
Drink lots of water.
Eat 4-5 short meals a day.
Avoid simple carbohydrates.
Don’t eat too much oily food.
Don’t eat too much sugary food.
Make a proper diet plan.
Follow a healthy routine.
Regulate your sleep patterns.
Forget fast food.
Forget soft drinks.
Losing weight is not easy. It’s a very challenging and hard journey. You might be ready to give up. But you’ll have to keep trying. To control your cravings and tether your temptations: Remember,
eat to live
don’t live to eat
Obesity is growing and increasing like an epidemic. According to statistics, the number of obese children will increase by 158million to 254 million in the next ten years.
Henceforth, it is time we start taking our health seriously. And change our eating habits and adopt a better and healthier lifestyle.
But, keep in mind: criticizing, passing mean comments, or making fun of people’s weight is not acceptable at all.
Telling someone they look fat is of no use, as they already know. Who knows what they are going through. They might be trying so hard, or have given up already. they can’t help it at all.
Since we are all struggling and fighting our fight. We should be more considerate. Be kind and be accepting. God has created us all and he created us. And though we may be different, we’re all beautiful. You have to look at it that way.
beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder