Our body requires energy for our daily acitivities. This is obtained from the food we eat. The basic principle is that if our daily intake does not match with the expenditure, it can result in illhealth.
A few extra pounds???
If our intake exceeds our requirements, the extra energy is used for fat synthesis and this fat gets stored in our body. This excess fat can pose serious health risks. 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the US indicates that 66.3% of adults age 20 years and over are overweight.
Why do people tend to get overweight?
- High fat diets ( Long live fast food!)
- Inactive lifestyle (Thanks to the mostly sedentary office jobs)
- Lack of regular exercise ( How am I going to exercise with all things I’ve got to do?)
- Stress (An icecream is just perfect to ease out the stress! 🙂 )
- Genetic Basis
Oh! It’s in my genes. No wonder dieting never worked out for me!
Newsflash! You can’t just go and blame your genes for it. Genetic basis indicates that you have a higher tendancy to get fat. If you want to get fat, the ONE AND ONLY ONE way by which you can ‘attain it’ is by eating in excess of your requirements!
Our quest to live life heart healthy will continue soon with – “Do You Have a Weight Problem? – Part 2 – Am I overweight?”