Obesity affects more than 600 million people worldwide representing 13% of the world’s population. It is also a leading cause of death in some regions of the world. For example, more than 365,000 people in the United States die annually from health conditions related to obesity while the corresponding figure in Europe is one million people. These statistics show that this illness is very dangerous.
Fortunately, obesity is preventable so people can take a number of steps to protect themselves and their family members from it. Most of these measures are lifestyle changes. They might feel hard at first, but eventually, they will work wonders for your health.
Stick to a healthy diet
The primary cause of obesity is eating food high in calories such as hamburgers, French fries, hot-dogs and other junk foods. These give your body a boost of energy, but they also lead to the accumulation of fat in your body. Instead, start eating vegetables and fruit. You should also go for lean meat and dairy products low in fat. Consuming these kinds of foods allows you to feel satisfied because they contain a high amount of fiber. Your body will receive all the nutrients it needs.
Drinks such as sodas and beers also contain an unhealthy amount of calories and you should avoid them as much as possible for you to do so.
People tend to live sedentary lifestyles in contemporary society. Everything they may want is often just at the touch of a button. We use machines for almost everything. Unfortunately, this type of lifestyle has an adverse effect on the health of a person. Without adequate exercise, your body fails to burn the calories it receives and as such, it converts them into body fat.
Studies show that only 40% of the world’s population get enough exercise, and this number is shrinking rapidly as technology spreads across the world. People should go to the gym, walk to school, ride a bicycle to work and perform manual chores at work to make sure that their bodies get enough exercise.
It is important to note that obesity has a profound impact on a person who suffers from it physically, psychologically, and financially. It is an illness like any other so a person with it should not feel depressed about it. Instead, obese people should appreciate their lives and work hard to improve their health by reducing their weight to a healthy level.