You hear it over and over again about the fact that obesity is a forerunner to diseases that would ultimately end up being so serious that problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, etc., might be too late to reverse unless checked in a timely manner, before their onset.
Simply put, obesity is excessive body fat that poses a health risk. For instance, men, with a waist size exceeding 40 inches, or women with a waist size of 35 inches are required to pay attention to the message their body conveys that they should exercise and maintain a sensible diet.
Statistics have shown that Americans are getting fatter. More than 60 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, based on a study by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are more than 300,000 premature deaths in the United States caused by excess weight and inactivity, second to deaths that are related to smoking. Those who are overweight or obese end up being victims of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease, joint pain (gout), sleep apnea and last but not least, osteoarthritis. Additionally, studies have shown that obesity is an invitation to cancer. According to an ongoing study by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), obesity increases the risk for a number of common cancers. It is also linked to postmenopausal breast cancer, colon cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, prostate cancer and kidney cancer.
Those that are 20 percent over the normal weight for his or her age, sex, build and height, are considered to be obese. More important than weight itself is the amount of body fat. As far as women are concerned, fat accounts for as much as 25 percent of body weight, while 17 percent is considered to be healthy for men. Bear in mind, women’s bodies are already designed to carry a great deal of fat tissue that acts as fuel to facilitate pregnancy and nursing. Adding to this proportion does not help mitigate the gravity of having to contend with needless fat.
What contributes to obesity are a range of habits, such as poor diet as well as lack of exercise which, in turn, can cause glandular malfunctions, diabetes and hypoglycemia. Heredity can also be considered a factor. In 2001, a major breakthrough in the study of obesity had brought to light the discovery of the “obesity gene.” Carriers of the gene are confined to those of certain ethnic backgrounds, such as North Africans and central Europeans.
You can enjoy foods at part of a healthy diet as long as you do not overdo it. The emphasis is on abstinence from eating saturated fat and meat, sugars, salt and partaking of alcohol, including cookies, cakes, french fries, cheese, whole milk, cream, butter, ice cream, processed meats, poultry skin and fat, lard, palm oil and coconut oil.
It is also advisable to maintain a healthier and more active lifestyle that includes, regular exercise and a low-calorie diet. Fad diets are not at all recommended.
Do not try to lose weight in a hurry, for the reason that by doing so, there is a possibility that your immune system can be adversely affected.
Eat proper foods with a balance of proteins and complex carbohydrates, tofu, fresh fruits, lentils, baked potatoes, beans, brown rice, whole grains, skinless turkey, chicken breast and fish. Drink 8 ounces of liquids daily. Include celery, carrot sticks, cottage cheese, sugar-free, whole-grain muffins, watermelon and yogurt in your diet. Abstain from eating white flour products, pastries, pies, cakes, doughnuts and candy. Follow a fasting program once a month. Do not eat before bedtime and during the night.
In conclusion, it is recommended that, in order to succeed in any endeavor, it is important to exercise your willpower and self-control, and, in this respect, a particular emphasis should apply as far as your health and welfare are concerned.