Obesity – Reasons

Obesity may be defined as excess weight or deposition of excess fats on body. It can afflict any human being irrespective of whether men, women, adults, teenagers or children. The increasing obesity rate is a growing problem in the modern world. The problem of overweight and obesity has increased in the last 2 decades particularly in metropolitan cities. In villages / rural population where old lifestyle and food habits are being followed, the problem of obesity and its related disease is comparatively very low.

I am maintaining my weight by simply following the old theory of my ancestors of lifestyle and food habits .. My height is 165 cms and my weight is 58 kgs and my weight has never been varied for more than ± three kgs in the last 40 years except two occasions in may 1985 and June 2002 when I was confined to bed due to illness and lost 4-5 kgs for a short duration. I believe that in most cases the problem of obesity and over weight can be controlled by simple change in lifestyle and food habits. In some cases where obesity is due to medical reasons like thyroid problem etc., treatment from qualified medial professionals / doctors is necessary.

Reasons of obesity

Faulty lifestyle Now days, in this materialistic world, we are leading very hectic lives and do not follow a disciplined lifestyle. We have a myopic outlook towards life ie to earn money and accumulate all the luxurious things in whatever way possible, no matter even if the peace of mind, health, good sleep, family life etc is sacrificed. We try to do numerous works at a time and do not concentrate on one thing and are always in hurry. The unorganized and haphazard life schedule has not left any fix time for getting up in the morning, sleeping, eating or physical exercise / yoga. This is the primary cause of developing various diseases.

Unbalanced diet Nowadays we give preference to junk and spicy food, deep-fry food, processed food, ice cream and western snacks in place of wholesome and nutritious diet. Intake of high fat diets chocolates, sweets, wafers and high carbohydrate food like potatoes, rice and pasta lose nutrition balance and causes deposition of excess fat on body. Eating too much than the required amount of dietary intake may also cause obesity.

Lack of exercise / yoga Physical inactivity develops lithargicness and necessary hormones are not released in our body in sufficient quantity for the smooth functioning of our vital organs. Lack of exercises and restricted movability of body is also one of the the factor of obesity as what we eat is converted in calories and if do not burn excess calories it may deposit as fat in our body.

Psychological Depression, anxiety, trauma and stress are the leading psychological factors which may cause eating disorder. Psychological factors like overeating and under exercising could also result in obesity.

Medical reasons Medical conditions like thyroid and neurological problem may also cause obesity.

Heredity, genetic Family history of obesity, if any of our parents or grand parents had the problem of obesity, it may continue in the next generations also.