If you’ve always believed overeating and inactivity to be the only causes of obesity, then you need to pay attention to some more hidden reasons that we unveil here.
Do you think obesity is hereditary and only those with obese parents are tend to put on excess weight? This is not full truth. It may or may not be so. Obesity is the result of a three things:
Lack of exercise
Hereditary may play a role but chances of becoming obese are bleak for anyone who eats a healthy diet (in limited amounts) and exercise regularly. An International group of researchers believes that though we give a lot of attention to too much food and too little exercise, there are other possible causes of obesity. [i]
- Inadequate sleep also increases body weight.
- Toxic pollutants affect our hormone balance.
- Air-conditioned atmosphere in office and home that does not allow body to burn calories to regulate internal temperature.
- Use of drugs like steroids, contraceptives, antidepressants and hypertension drugs also causes weight gain.
- More than two hours a day of regular TV viewing time is linked to obesity.
- Relying on car instead of walking and use of modern technology and conveniences instead of running errands at home or office.
- Lack of awareness and accepting the weight gain as normal.
- Eating oversized portions of meal.
- Hectic work schedules, increasing work stress and more hours of commuting.
- Hormonal problems like hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome and polycystic ovaries.
- Some people tend to eat more when they are emotionally disturbed example, when they’re bored, angry or stressed.
- Muscle loss as you older. Most women gain weight during their 40s, mainly due to ageing, lifestyle and menopause.
- Eating late nights, especially when you are working or studying.
- Excessive intake of sugary foods and beverages.
Obesity does not just make you look unattractive but it also enhance the risk of other chronic diseases like heart strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. So better be watchful if any of the above causes of obesity are part of your lifestyle. If yes, then it’s time you snub them right now!
[i] University of Alabama Birmingham. “Why are getting fatter? Seeking a mysterious culprit.” ScienceDaily. 2010