Men are found to have higher obesity rates when talking about developed countries, but in developing countries, women have higher rates. Childhood obesity counted 18.5 percent representing different age group and ethnicity. Overweight people comprising two-thirds of the population makes obesity and becoming overweight an epidemic in developing countries.
Advertisers lure us with images of a healthy and happy life spent running along the beach with the sun shining overhead, then heading home to eat our grapefruit and take our diet supplement. Unfortunately, the reality of long-term weight loss is a lot more complex and involves learning a new set of life skills. — Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
It is quite alarming given that obesity is associated with a lot of medical problems causing premature death and illness
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder diseases
- Fatty liver
- Arthritis and joint diseases
Caloric Intake Needs
This high number of obese individuals within the population could be connected to the lack of awareness of calorie intake associated with inadequate physical activity in our people of today. It may be due to daily routines that keep people busy all day long, leaving them no time to exercise.
Age, lifestyle, height and weight, and level of activity dictate how much caloric intake your body requires. However, the food choices of an individual are dictated by several factors like:
- socioeconomic influence
The imbalance between caloric intake and the quantity of energy used in metabolism and physical activity may result in being overweight or obese.
Some research does show that preferences for sweet tastes are associated with weight gain. But obviously you can get pretty large on non-sweet things too, as long as they’re combined with obesity-promoting fat. — Susan Carnell Ph.D.
Can Fast Food Make You Fat?
Studies show that consumption of fast food dramatically contributes to the escalating number of overweight and obese people in the United States. Eating out may cause you to have an excessive caloric intake, thus, increasing your risk of becoming obese due to the large portion sizes and higher energy concentration of food served in fast food. Reality is that fast food can make you gain more weight because they are very accessible, low in nutritional value, and are typically
- high in fat (saturated and trans fat)
- high in sugar
- high in calories
- high in simple carbohydrates
- high in salt
Fast foods generally reduce the quality of your diet and provide you with unhealthy choices, also with the children and adolescents making them more prone to suffer from obesity early in life.
Our younger generations are among the most affected by the unhealthy lifestyle offered by fast foods as they are targeting their market towards their age bracket. Over time, this sustained excess caloric consumption would result in the development of obesity. Not only are these children affected, but their parents as well who accompany them to eat out.
Fast food may be accessible and affordable and saves you time in preparing a meal for your family, but regularly doing so can severely damage you and your family’s health.
While some may view this modern trend in a positive light, others criticize the impact of fast food on emotional and mental well-being, a sentiment supported by a recent study performed at the Rotman School of Management. — John Smith Ph.D.
It Helps To Count Calorie Intake
If you intend to maintain ideal body weight or lose your excess weight for a healthier lifestyle, it would be beneficial if you are aware of your calorie intake. Learning how to count your calorie intake and sticking to your body’s calorie need for the day is a safe way to lose weight and maintain a healthy body.
There are apps and other guidelines now available to help you count your calorie need and determine how many calories are in that food you are about to put into your mouth.
Learning to count your calorie intake will help you resist fast food and other unhealthy food that may put your life and your whole family’s life at risk for diseases and untimely death.
Counting calories each time you are considering a meal can be tiring, but focusing on the idea that doing so is not just about disciplining yourself and your family but also how it can make you feel good about yourself inside and out.
The next time your child will ask you to visit your favorite fast-food restaurant, do remind him and yourself that you can do it on occasion but not often because one secret to a happy family is a healthy, feel-good, stress-free family life.