Environmental Causes Of Obesity

Just because you have obesity in your genes doesn't mean that there isn't anything that you can do about it. Environment can also play a big part in whether or not you are obese. Eating habits and lack of physical activity have a large role in obesity too. Generally Americans go with taste and convenience more than they do with nutrition. High-fat foods are usually the most convenient such as fast food.

In society today people are more rushed than ever. We are always in a hurry to get some where or do to something. This often leaves us with the feeling that we do not have time to eat a healthy meal, or to take the time to eat before said healthy meal. For this reason, we feel that we are forced to settle for what is fast, easy and convenient. Not only is fast food packing on unwanted pounds, it's causing tremendous health risks in the process.

Besides the fast food eating way of life, we are more sedentary than ever. The age of sedentary is getting lower and lower with each passing year. Our children are watching more television, playing more video games, and spending more time on the computer than we used to as children. Now adults, we as children, spent the majority of our time outside playing or being involved in other physical activities. While children today are involved in sports, or dance, most overweight children are not. They pick up this conditioning from their parents who are teaching them these things. Because parents today are so rushed and so busy, they take the valued spare time they have to "veg out" in front of the television or computer. Children see these things and learn these things, therefore taking on the unhealthy lifestyle of the parents. We as adults and parents need to learn to be more active in our lives, and learn healthy eating habits. Not only for our health and well being, but to be role models for today's children, that as adults, they do not end up overweight, and unhealthy.

An environment that promotes healthy weight is one that encourages eating nutritious foods in reasonable portions and regular physical activity. A healthy environment is important for all individuals to prevent and treat obesity and maintain weight loss.

Healthy environments can be created at home, school, work and beyond. Identifying and consciously avoiding high-risk situations in the environment can help in weight control efforts.

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