Causes of Obesity

The causes of obesity mostly come from the simple fact that your body is taking in more energy that it is expending, on a long term basis.

The energy coming in is in the form of fat and calories.

The more you eat and the less you "do" contributes to faster weight gain and a steady road toward being morbidly obese.

If you are a naturally big person don't fret, because if you listen to any BMI calculator you would be considered obese.

But there is a difference between be big and fit and big and not fit. There are many people who are heavy but most of that weight is muscle, if this is the case and your bmi is high don't consider yourself obese.

But if the weight is all fat especially around the mid section then its time for a change.

Most people are generally not very active. It's not entirely our fault. You have to really try to be active nowadays. For most adults, our jobs require us to sit at desks for 8+ hours a day for a minimum of 5 days a week. And our poor kids, most schools are cutting gym programs and the school lunches are nothing but fat, oil and sugar.

With our fast paced lifestyles, we do not have time to walk or ride our bikes to get to our destinations. Car driving is essential especially in a rural environment.

Not to mention the constant barrage of sugary, fatty processed junk that is being pushed in our faces every waking minute.

Unfortunately these corporations do not really care about our health. All they care about is money, so you cannot trust what they put on the shelves wont get you sick in the long run.

Fast food is also one of the major causes of obesity. The quick and easy nature of fast food makes it a nature choice for families all over the world. Lets face it, eating healthy, at-least in America is expensive.

Sometimes to buy fruits and vegetables can be too much for some families. Also when you do buy the fruits and veggies they go bad after a couple of days. Which equals to money down the drain.

BUT!!!! And that's a big BUT!!

This doesn't mean you cannot try!!

The causes of obesity can be limited, if you just try.

Ways To Reduce the Causes of Obesity

Reducing portions - If you cannot afford anything else but fast food, eat less of it.

Food portions are radically bigger today than they have ever been in the past.

Two slices of pizza today are about 850 calories compared to 20 years ago where they were just 500 calories.

This doesn't help the obesity problem. For instance, In America 66 percent of American's are overweight or obese compared to 47 percent in the 1970's. Obese along has jump from 15 percent to 30 percent.

Because these large portions have become the norm our idea of a normal portion has become warped.

Take a food distortion quiz to get an idea of how many calories we think are in our foods today.

Eat less food even if it has to be junk.

But I don' think you have to eat junk at all. Buying some fresh chicken and a few veggies, you can whip up a stew that can serve you and your family for a couple of days. For the same price as one meal off the extra value menu.

Get more Sleep - People who do not get enough sleep are much more likely to become obese. The actually number is 5 hour or less will greatly improve your chances of being obese compared to people who get a good night sleep. (8-10)

Many important hormones are released during sleep that help curtail appetite and specifically your cravings for foods high in calories and carbohydrates.

A certain hormone called gherlin is know to make you more hungry. This hormone is increase when you don't get enough sleep.

So you need to make sure you get more sleep. Lack of sleep can be one of the causes of obesity that can be fixed.

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