Obesity is a term to describe the physical act of a person being overweight, out of shape, and carrying a significant amount of excess fat on their bodies. This condition affects millions of Canadians and is a significant public health problem for many countries around the world, combined with the increase in sedentary lifestyles and other health and nutrition problems.
Obesity is very common as sedentary lifestyles have increased drastically in the past several years, and obese people can expect to be at higher risk for problems like chronic medical conditions, heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes, and other significant medical disorders and problems that would otherwise be completely preventable by proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
Causes of obesity are very simple, typically – ranging from genetic, to habits, to environmental. Increasingly, genetics are understood as a significant precursor to obesity, as they can carry the card for which people are more likely to become overweight and which people are pre-disposed to be obese due to their relatives and their family history.
Beyond that, obesity is related to environmental and habit issues, including diet and lifestyle choices. People who eat food that is high in fat and calories, and low in nutritional and vitamin content are more likely to become obese, as well as are people who fail to exercise and live healthy, active lifestyles.
Obesity is largely caused by these environmental and habit-building factors, suggesting that solutions might most easily come from changing habits and working harder to keep up exercise and healthy nutrition habits. Because obesity is a chronic condition brought on by lack of exercise and poor nutrition, it has maddened public health and medical officials that people have taken such a lazy attitude towards stopping the condition in themselves and their children, as it is wholly preventable.
Symptoms of obesity can readily be seen, as it is the carrying of excess body fat around the waist, hips, thighs, chest, arms, buttocks, and elsewhere on the body. Other symptoms of obesity include being short of breath and out of breath after little physical movement, as this would indicate an individual in poor shape.
The ultimate symptom of obesity is weight gain on a scale, as obesity is quite simply the addition of excess fat on to the body. Luckily, though, these symptoms can be relatively easily reversed with a great deal of hard work on exercise, and commitment to plant-based and beneficial diet for your body.