Weight is a massive issue in Australia. Today Australia is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world – more than 5 million Australians are obese! Yet when it comes to admitting we are overweight, we are more than likely to deny it. For example, one study looked at weight and attitudes towards weight. It assessed 13000 people worldwide including 1200 Australian. A third of the Aussies classified themselves as being overweight. However, the BMI measurement showed that the figure was twice as high – 60% were actually overweight.
As with most human characteristics, obesity is a combination of genetics and the environment. Weight is a balance between genetics and environment; so saying ‘the reason I am overweight is that I am big-boned’ is nonsense. Here are just a few reasons why we’re getting heavier:
1. Too many calories
If you are eating foods that exceed your essential calorie or kilojoule intake, you will put on weight. For example, a young 18-year-old athlete may take 17,000 kilojoules a day and will need to use these up so he wont put on weight. If you stay in bed all day and just get up to feed the cat and go to the toilet, you may only use 3000 kilojoules a day. You need to use up the energy in kilojoules you consume on a daily basis to prevent putting on weight.
The availability of a wide array of foods allows us to get different pleasures from different foods. Sugary and fatty foods stimulate pleasure-seeking eating habits and can override our consumption of nutritious foods. People need to learn and plan their eating to make it healthier as well as enjoyable.
3. Hurried eating
Did you know it takes 20 minutes or so for the stomach to register to the brain that you’ve had enough to eat? By eating slowly and chewing your food, you’ll help to boost your awareness and give your brain time to register when you’ve had enough. Waiting 10minutes before going for seconds is recommended.
A trend that is on the incline is sitting down with the family and talking about the events of the day, while eating slowly. Now people are sitting in front of the telly and engulfing on fatty takeaway foods. This has lead to an alarming statistic that a meal can be eaten in 5-10 minutes and estimated that a modern family may sometimes only speak together 7 minutes a day.
The more physically inactive you are, the slower your metabolic rate. Therefore, the more physically inactive you are, the more likely you are to put on weight. It’s important to know that physical inactivity has a profound effect on the overall effect of many diseases and on your metabolic rate.
5. Genetic factor
There are many genetic factors that contribute to obesity. One of the more common is known as the ‘thrifty gene’. The thrifty gene is believed to have enabled our ancestors to store up fat during food shortages. Since those with the ability to live off stored fat were most likely to survive famines, they were also more likely to procreate and pass the thrifty gene along. Nowadays, we rarely face serious food shortages, which means the thrifty gene is no longer useful. Those who still possess it may face struggles with their weight. Even if they exercise and eat a healthy diet, their bodies may store the fat as if in a famine.
Here are 5 simple rules for losing weight
- Weight loss takes time…
- Weight loss needs exercise…
- What you eat is important…
- How you eat is important…
- Why you eat is important…
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