Obesity is now considered a disease which can be treated and prevented.
It is increasing at an alarming rate throughout the world. Today it is estimated that there are more than 300 million obese people world-wide. Obesity is defined as a condition of excess body fat and is associated with a large number of debilitating and life-threatening disorders. The occurrence of obesity is increasing in most parts of the world, affecting men, women and children. Furthermore, obesity is no longer just a concern for developed countries, but it is becoming an increasing problem in many developing countries.
Children who are obese may grow up to become obese adults. Studies indicate that obesity is more likely to persist when its onset is in late childhood or adolescence and where children have obese parents. Heat intolerance, breathlessness on exertion, tiredness and flat feet are some of the problems associated with excess weight in children and adolescents.
Lifestyle and lack of awareness are the two main culprits for the rise in the number of cases of obesity. Increasing competition, arbitrary working hours and an increasing dependence on fast food as well as stress and lack of sleep promote unhealthy lifestyle changes.
People who live on junk food put on weight due to the fat, processed flour and the oil used. Besides, junk food is always accompanied by glasses of sodas and colas which are high in calories. People who are overweight feel lethargic and are less inclined to be active and alert. Their reflexes and senses become duller and they start to lead a more sedentary life. So, junk and fast foods should be replaced with healthy food to prevent obesity
Too much junk food prevents a person from eating good nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables and other wholesome food. The body has a weak immune system and is prone to illnesses like colds and fevers. Processed foods also have no fiber content and junk food enthusiasts often feel constipated.
Fight obesity. It starts with healthy habits. It is all about attitude, discipline and about wanting to lead life to the fullest. The risk of health problems starts when someone is only very slightly overweight and the chances of problems increases as a person becomes more and more overweight.