We’re far more obese than we were in the past. Obesity is becoming a serious health concern and is spreading at an alarming rate. Most people think it’s overeating to blame, but according to latest studies, there are many factors that contribute to the condition.
Why are we getting heavier?
The study was done by a team from the New York University in Toronto, Canada, and provided some interesting insight into what causes obesity. According to the team, people aged 40 now need to exercise more and eat less than people aged 40 from 50 years ago in order to prevent weight gain and obesity. The study examined nearly 27 000 Americans between 1971-2008 and was focused on their weight, diet and physical activity.
The results showed that we have significantly higher body mass than people 10 or 50 years ago, so even if we exercised as they did back then, we would still be heavier.
It’s not about calories in-calories out
Professor Jennifer Kuk, the leader of the study says that “there are more factors contributing to the obesity epidemic than just the food we eat.” “Weight management is not so simple as calories in-calories out. We need to look at obesity from other angles as well if we want to prevent it,” she continued.
Here are the factors that contribute to the obesity epidemic:
Stress has an effect on our physical health just as much as it has on the mental health. Constantly being under stress will put the body in a never-ending “fight-or-flight” response, which is effectively making us overeat. The stress hormones raise the levels of glucose in our blood in order for it to be used as energy. This energy allows us to flee from threats and was pretty useful for our ancestors, but we rarely use that much energy nowadays. The constant stress is a big problem which leads to blood sugar fluctuations, fat storage and obesity.
We’re living in a highly polluted environment, and even our homes aren’t safe. Most items around us are full of BPA, phthalates, pesticides and fire retardants which can cause hormonal imbalance and obesity as well.
The food quality has drastically lowered in the past few decades – most of the stuff we eat is full of processed additives and harmful ingredients which can definitely contribute to obesity and other serious ailments
The constant pill-popping is actually making us gain weight! Studies have related overuse of prescription drugs with low calcium levels, lack of sleep and weight gain, so make sure to avoid pills when you don’t need them.
Another problem with the constant pill-popping is that it destroys our gut microbiome, which interferes with proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. We rarely consume probiotics and prebiotics which have the ability to restore the microflora. Additionally, the processed foods we eat can also destroy our gut microbiome.
In order to prevent weight gain and obesity, you should make sure to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. Avoid taking pills when you don’t need to, and make sure to include fermented foods into your diet as they are rich in probiotics.