World Health Organization (WHO) defined obesity and being overweight as abnormal or excessive fat consumption, which all leads to many health diseases. This is all due to our cravings and appetite, to the extent that we lose our control just to satisfy ourselves.
According to The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), being overweight and obese are listed as the fifth leading risk for global health. In 2008, 35% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight and 11% were obese. Furthermore, at least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese than being underweight.
Consuming more than the required quantity of food and the absence of physical activities are the primary causes of obesity. Aside from these, the psychological factors of having tough times in life make you eat excessively, leading to weight gain.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), there are some health risks for being overweight and having obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, kidney disease and pregnancy problems. Also, it may be lead to emotional and social problems, like depression that leads to feelings of rejection, shame or guilt.
However, you don’t need to worry if you are experiencing it today. This is still preventable and curable in some methods.
There are some ways to lose weight or to avoid becoming obese and overweight. According to Everyday Health, for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we should:
1. Eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
Eating healthy foods will reduce or lower many health diseases. It will benefit your body and keep you physically fit.
2. Exercise, even moderately, for at least 30 minutes a day.
Push yourself to have at least one exercise for a day or for a week. Physical activities will benefit you in strengthening your body and helping you function very well.
3. Cut down your consumption of fatty and sugary foods.
Fatty and sugary foods increase fats in your body. That’s why cutting these down will lead to losing weight.
4. Use vegetable based-oil rather than animal-based fats.
Animal fats are mostly saturated which is not good for consumption. On the other hand, vegetable based-oil is safer and better to use to improve your health.
There’s always a solution to every problem. For preventing obesity, it can’t be changed unless we take action. Let’s continue to advocate and encourage each other to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially now since we are living in the midst of a health crisis.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Micah Balbin is a student journalist from Cavite State University. She's here to explore and enjoy the world of writing. Believes that you don't need to fit yourself in the standard of society. You were born to stand out in your ways.