Obesity is today a global problem that is fast assuming epidemic proportions. According to the World Health Organisation, “Obesity represents a rapidly growing threat to the health of populations in an increasing number of countries.
Indeed, they are now so common that they are replacing more traditional problems such as under-nutrition and infectious diseases as the most significant causes of ill-health.” This premier organisation goes on to add that this increases the risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
It also makes you prone to certain types of cancer, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, dyslipidaemia, osteoarthritis and gout. Pulmonary diseases and sleep apnoea are some other risks of obesity.
Hence, it is essential to prevent obesity at all costs. But first, let us take a look at the causes of this condition.
Obesity results from a combination of bad lifestyle choices and hereditary factors. Of course, if it is written in your genes, you can do nothing about it. But, even then, you can bring down your risk by making healthy choices and being alert to even a small weight gain. A sedentary lifestyle and bad food habits are major contributors to obesity. But sometimes, it may also be caused by certain medications and treatment procedures or underlying health conditions.