The obesity epidemic all of us are facing today is in epic proportions. One out of three young people in the United States today are obese. These are very profound numbers. That means that in the future generations, 33% of the country’s population will be at risk for fatal conditions such as heart diseases and strokes.
How does obesity happen?
When people eat more calories than they can burn, their body stores these extra calories as fats in fatty tissues all over the body. Eventually, the fat stored in the body increases and can cause various health problems such as decreased mobility and the clogging of arteries.
Is there a reason for this?
People who are overweight tend to have parents who are also overweight. In other words, it does run in the family. Certain genes control metabolism and when you inherit these “slow metabolism” genes from your parents, you have the tendency to become overweight too.
Besides genetics, your diet plays a big role too. What you eat and how much you eat can profoundly affect the risk of you being overweight. People who regularly eat oily food, snack foods or processed food are at higher risk of becoming overweight than people who eat unprocessed food such as oats and grains.
While people who are obese tend to die earlier from fatal diseases, other milder conditions can occur too. These include type 2 diabetes, depression and asthma.
Combating obesity is an uphill battle, but it can be defeated with simple but fundamental lifestyle changes. Start eating unprocessed food and work out at least 2 hours a day. Play more sports and have a more active lifestyle.