There is an alarming trend in America, and in many other parts of the world. It seems like more and more people are gaining too much weight. In fact, about 35% of adults in the United States are obese. The question, though, is why are so many people obese?
There are many reasons why people might become obese. It all depends on their circumstances, but here are 7 reasons that definitely affect most obese people.
Some people are genetically predisposed to becoming obese. That means that they are more likely to gain weight, more likely to have trouble losing weight, or both. However, just because obesity may run in your family does not mean that you will automatically grow up to be obese. There are a lot of other factors to consider.
We each have our own metabolic rate. That’s the rate at which our bodies burn calories. We gain weight when we take in more calories than we burn off. So, if you have a slow metabolic rate, that can make it harder for you to lose weight. However, there are ways to increase your metabolic rate. Exercise can also boost your metabolism.
3. Eating Too Much Junk or Fast Food
Pre-packaged junk food is becoming far too common for our own good. The same goes for fast food restaurants. It seems like there’s at least one on almost every single corner. While some of them are starting to offer a few healthy choices, most of the meal choices are still greasy, fatty, and generally unhealthy. Many of them also contain way too many calories. In fact, here is a list of the calorie counts of various common fast foods.
4. Portion Size Increases Over the Years
Another reason why people in general, and especially Americans, seem to be getting more obese is portion size increases. Dinner plates used to only be 7 to 9 inches wide. Now they are as much as 12 inches wide. The larger the plate, the more likely we are to put more on it. The more we put on it, the more we eat.
That trend also extends to fast food chains. Some fast food restaurants are now offering burgers that contain 3 or even 4 patties, multiple layers of cheese and so on. The sizes of their french fry and beverage containers have also grown to ridiculous amounts. A small soda used to actually be small. Nowadays, many places offer small sodas that are nearly as large as a person’s head.
5. Changes in Work and Home Environments
Changes in work environments in recent years have also contributed to obesity. Not only are many more people working in office cubicles all day and getting almost no exercise, but a lot of people are also working from home on their couches, which means that they don’t even leave their houses on a regular basis.
In the 1980s, it was common to see people working and playing outside much more often than they do now. Today’s people are more likely to be glued to a TV or computer monitor, not outside taking a bike ride or going for a swim. Those sedentary people are gaining a lot more weight than the active people of the 1980s.
6. Lifestyle Choices
Lifestyle choices can also contribute to obesity. For example, a person who drinks large amounts of alcohol is likely to gain weight much faster than a person who does not. Unfortunately, bad habits like drinking too much alcohol are not easy to stop, especially if a person is already depressed about being obese. So, it’s easy to see why one problem could feed into the other.
7. Pushing Too Far
Finally, many people are simply pushing their bodies too far. You see, it gets harder and harder for the human body to lose weight as more weight is packed on. A person who has a lot of lean muscle can easily burn fat.
A person who has almost no lean muscle will have a much harder time shedding the pounds. That’s why many obese people get so discouraged whenever they try a new weight loss plan. Often they either lose very little, or lose quite a bit, but put it right back on again.
So, what is the key to ending the obesity trend? Well, it’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again. We all need to start eating healthier foods and get back to being more active. That’s the only way to change the obesity trend to one of health and fitness.