Did You Know?
1 in every 3 Americans suffers from Obesity.
In present times, food business and industries have boomed up like never before. Nobody looks at food as a basic requirement of life. Today a host of new varieties, recipes, different and unique combinations of food are available in the market. People have lost control over their primary sense of taste and eat compulsively. Fast food, processed food, ready-to-eat food, junk food which include fried items, refined food, aerated drinks and beverages, etc.- such food has become the staple diet for everyone and is among the major causes of Obesity.
Work conditions today are such that people need to sit for long hours in front of a computer screen. Such an acute level of physical inactivity coupled with bad eating habits can make you gain pounds and is one of the chief causes of Obesity.
A sedentary lifestyle decreases the body's metabolism significantly, and food eaten is not digested properly leading to excessive fat storage in the body. This combination leads to lethargy and the lethargy in its turn enhances the desire to remain sedentary.
Psychological factors like depression, hopelessness, boredom, anxiety, anger, etc. are the most understated causes of Obesity. This is because many people seek comfort in food when they do not get comfort emotionally.
However, this does not have to mean that people who are obese or overweight have more emotional problems than who are not.
Certain Medical Conditions:
Some medical conditions like Cushing's syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Hypothyroidism, etc. are significant causes of Obesity.
Some medicines like antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, antipsychotic medications, corticosteroids and beta blockers can cause weight gain and obesity too and figure among the important causes of Obesity.
Abnormal Sleep Patterns:
The hormone Melatonin is a weight-maintaining hormone that is released during periods of sleep at night. Hence, irregular sleep hours, lack of sleep or too little sleep at night can suppress melatonin release and cause weight gain.
Genetics and Family History:
One of the leading causes of Obesity is because of a hereditary tendency.