Curb Obesity, Prevent Diabetes
Dealing with a fast expanding waistline? Genetics may play a bit role in your body weight, but you can reverse your predisposition to obesity by choosing the right foods and exercising regularly. Two main culprits for obesity are a high-fat diet and lack of physical activity.
Take comfort in the fact that if you maintain a healthy body weight, you are creating a protective shield against chronic diseases like diabetes. There are some people who have learned that being fat was their destiny owing to genetic factors, and so consume all the fatty foods they want. They see no sense in fighting obesity, which can be very detrimental to health.
Whether or not people have a genetic risk for obesity, people need to be aware of the repercussions of not doing anything to lose the excess pounds. Being obese does not only put extra stress on body parts; it also causes the body to become resistant to insulin. Yes, being overweight and obese is a strong contributor to type 2 Diabetes. This does not mean, however, that that people with healthy weight cannot also develop diabetes.
If dieting doesn’t seem to be working, take a look at the other interrelated factors affecting your health condition. Researchers maintain that the best way to lose the flab is to move more. Some neuroscientists contend that obese/overweight people can alter the way their brain responds to food. They note that most overweight people who do succeed in losing a few pounds tend to have a greater emotional response to foods they like, and the cycle begins over again.
What’s important is to be informed about which foods can induce cravings and which ones can keep a person fuller for longer periods of time.
On a larger scale, private companies can contribute in making consumers’ management of body weight easier. There are companies that uphold healthy food choices. Yet a thousand other firms offer products that are in huge demand, including those that encourage sedentary entertainment, or fastfood options high in trans-fats and artificial flavoring.
Taking the path to wellness depends a great deal on the individual – whether he/she can resist a high-calorie treat and think in terms of long-term health gain, or let fat accumulate and take its toll on health.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is important beginning in childhood. The regularity of physical activity and fitness levels have an impact on glucose regulation in kids. A lifestyle change in the family is necessary to prevent children from becoming and remaining obese throughout their lives.
Studies point out that lesser adiposity and higher fitness can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Adopting a family approach can help curb childhood obesity. Parents may use portion control and always ensure that children get a balanced diet and avoid skipping meals. Parents/elders may also exert effort in choosing foods of low caloric density, and instilling good eating habits.
Eating more slowly and snacking on healthier foods like nuts and fruits instead of sweets and burgers are lessons best taught to children early in their lives. Parents can also set the good example of incorporating exercise in everyday life, like walking instead of taking the car when going to nearby destinations.