Obesity is a growing problem in today’s world. You might ask what are the reasons that today’s people are more likely to be obese. People try to cut carbohydrates, sugar, fat, anything to live a healthier life these days and they feel even more pressured to do so because of the increasing epidemic of obesity. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to a person being obese which are diet and exercise. Through the right diet and exercise a person will not even have to worry about obesity.
Being on a diet is important because everyone is on one. If you weren’t on a diet you would be dead from starvation. Everyone is different having to do with genetics and how they are affected by the environment. Culture is another factor that has a lot to do with diet. Some people cannot eat sugar and are diabetics and sugar intake has increased at an order of magnitude or even higher since the 80’s when I was a kid. Everything has sugar in it these days and is probably the main culprit in the obesity craze. Regulating sugar intake is probably important so you don’t eventually become diabetic. Some people say that cutting carbohydrates is a good way to battle obesity. Why are companies packing their foods with sugar? Because sugar tastes good and it is an inborn preference to love the sweet mother’s milk when a child is just born. Whether companies took advantage of this innate preference is besides the point that people really need to watch their diets so that they do not run into health problems like obesity. Some people can eat all of the junk food they want and not gain a pound. I know this because I am one of those people. But since I’ve been getting older I have started to watch my diet because cholesterol is really building up inside me. So everyone is on a diet and the point is that you have to be aware of your diet and change it so you can stay healthy.
Exercise these days seems to be a thing of the past. When I was young back in the 1980’s I was outside at the parks every day running around, wading through the creek, and building tree forts. These days the kids want to not even move and look at their tablets and smart devices. You probably don’t burn a lot of calories when you don’t even move. Exercise is important for everyday functioning. I recently read an article that said your memory improves when you exercise because it enlarges your hippocampus, the area of your brain that is used for memory. So exercise enlarges your brain and burns calories. Calories left over at the end of the day turn to fat when you sleep. I cannot urge it enough these days that the kids need to exercise in order to stay healthy. I always take my nieces to the park so they can run around and play with other kids and get out some of the energy that they have from calories in the food they eat. I used to run 5 miles at once, once a week and I am going to try to start it up again to lower my cholesterol. Exercising will lead to having a faster metabolism. The faster your metabolism the quicker you will burn calories and fat. If you have a fast metabolism you would never even have to worry about obesity, ever.
To conclude I’d like to again stress the effects of diet and exercise on the disease of obesity that has struck our country in the past couple decades. As far as diet is concerned watch how much sugar, carbohydrates, fats, and calories you take in. And for exercise, make sure you go out regularly and stay active so you can burn all those calories and speed up your metabolism. Being healthy requires a proper diet and exercise regimen to stay clear of obesity.
Author: John Rowan
I am a Computer Science major at West Chester University and I love everything to do with computers. My specialty is Android programming but I actually love to code in any language specifically learning new things.