OBESITY AND THE CAUSE

Obesity is a condition where a person has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health. If a person’s bodyweight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight.

Figure 1 – BMI (Resources http://www.weightofthenation.org/obesity-definition-what-is-considered-obese-or-overweight/

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CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF ADULT OBESITY

Findings from the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), placed Putrajaya as the city with the highest percentage of overweigh, obese and abdominally obese people in Malaysia.  Even more startling, the NHMS said government and semi-government employees took the cake as those struggling most with obesity with 40.3% rate. (The Star Online 2016, April 2)

FOOD CONSUMPTION

If you took nasi lemak, roti canai, tea tarik for breakfast every day, and don’t do any physical activities, you should start thinking to consume less of this high calories foods.  You may need to change your eating habits.  There is nothing wrong with taking nasi lemak, roti canai and tea tarik for breakfast, but you should alternate your breakfast with fibrous food.

GENETIC

Genetic factors play an important role in a person’s metabolism which can either make weight loss easier or more difficult. A person’s environment has a high impact on his/her dietary habits. For example, if you grow up in a family that regularly indulges in unhealthy food like fast food or junk food, there is a higher chance that you will become overweight.  You can overcome this by motivate yourself to choose healthy living style.

COUCH POTATO

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Stop being a ‘couch potato’, I know how interesting it is to watch television while munching your junk food.  The more interesting the show become, the more food you put into your mouth and with no exercise you will gain more weight in no time. You can overcome this by start exercising.  Exercise is a great way to burn calories and help you with weight loss. All you need is about 30-45 minutes, 3-4 days a week.

 STRESS

Stress can lead you to eating emotionally.  This is because stress promotes the release of the hormone cortisol which has a strong connection to binge eating and food cravings. There are also studies indicating that cortisol encourages the storage of fat in the abdominal area.

Learn to reduce stress by doing other healthy activity rather than choosing food, you can get in touch with your musicianfriends and gets tips and ideas from them.  There many healthier ways you can focus on.

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If you have an amount of weight, you need to check your BMI to find out if you are obese or overweight.  There are many causes and effects of adult obesity.   Food intake, genetic and lack of exercise are common factors.  But there is always ways to overcome this, with eating healthy diet, exercise more and change to healthier life style.

It might not be easy to lose weight but you need to be patient and focus on your goals.  Change is never easy but it is important to motive and challenge you in overcoming obesity.

 

 

References
What is Obesity. MNT (online) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/obesity. Retrieved on 30 June 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences (online) http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html. Retrieved on 30 June 2016
What is Obesity (online) http://www.obesity.org/obesity/resources/facts-about-obesity/what-is-obesity. Retrieved on 24 July 2016
Nearly Half Malaysia’s Population Overweight or Obese, Health Minister Says. (2016, February 3). The Malay Online.com. Retrieved July 24, 2016, from http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/nearly-half-malaysias-population-overweight-or-obese-health-minister-says
Mitchell, K. (n.d.). Obesity Fact and How to Overcome It. Retrieved July 24, 2016, from https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/obesity.html
Teaching Them to Eat Healthily. (2016, June 26). New Strait Times Online. Retrieved July 24, 2016, from http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/154703/teaching-them-eat-healthily
Cheng, N. (2016, April 2). Putrajaya Tops Obese List. The Star Online. Retrieved July 24, 2016, from http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/04/02/putrajaya-tops-obese-list-obesity-on-the-rise-worldwide-it-has-highest-rate-of-overweight-people-in/

 

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