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Trusted Regina partner shares important information on obesity

There are many reasons that we are overweight and obesity resulting in health issues. 

                                      

There are many reasons that we are overweight and obesity resulting in health issues.  

Behavior
  • Lifestyle behaviors (such as eating habits and exercise) can radically affect a person’s weight. Overweight is caused from an imbalance—eating too many calories and not getting enough exercise. 
  • More calories IN than OUT over time = weight gain
  • More calories OUT than IN over time = weight loss
  • One pound of fat is equal to about 3,500 calories.
  • Stress can cause eating behavior and can cause overeating, and craving for foods usually high in sugar and fat. Stress eating can be a reason for weight problems.

                                                 

Environment 
The environment in which an individual lives and works is a major factor in the development of obesity. For example: 
  • A person may choose not to walk to the store.
  • Fast food restaurants are easy and on your way home from work.
  • Someone may not know how to create healthy meals.
  • Someone may snack on high in sugar and fat food rather than make healthy choices.

                                                       

  • Cultural background can influence weight and food choices. Foods specific to their cultures and regions of the country may be higher in fat and salt than foods from other areas.
  • The affordability, availability of foods and ingredients, causes immigrant families to retain or discard certain traditional foods.  They will start to eat like the rest of the American culture.  This change can lead to obesity.

                                                         
              
  • Family gatherings offer large amounts of food and alcohol, and the opportunity to socialize as well as overindulge in less-than-healthy options.
  • All fast food restaurants in America have “super-size” food.
  • Lower income families are more likely to be overweight and it is usually because “junk food” is less expensive then healthy foods.

                                                

  • Technology has led to more time spent in front of T.V and/or computers rather than physical activity.
  • Commercials exposure us to food advertising.
  • Genetics can play a role in obesity. However, genes do not always predict future health. Genes and behavior are both necessary for a person to be overweight. While genes can make one susceptible to becoming overweight, outside factors (such as lots of food supply or little physical activity) play a much larger role in the development of obesity than genes. 

Other Factors:
  • Some illnesses lead to obesity and weight gain like polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Drugs, such as steroids, some antidepressants, and medications used to treat psychiatric illnesses or seizure disorders, also may cause weight gain.
  • Poor sleep quality may lead to weight gain over time. Sleep apnea may lead to daytime sleepiness and make it much harder for an individual to begin or sustain an exercise program.

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