Thursday, October 31, 2013

Obesity and Diabetes

Obesity puts a person at greater risk for developing several lifestyle related diseases. When a person ingests more food calories than his body uses, the excess calories are stored as fat. The American diet is high in fat .and people typically don't operate at the activity level necessary to use all of the calories they consume.

You probably remember learning a little about Type 2 diabetes in your first lesson. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body fails to use insulin effectively. Obese individuals are more likely to develop this condition than others. Just as Type 2 diabetes generally is brought on by poor lifestyle choices, many people can reverse this condition by achieving a healthy body weight through proper diet and exercise.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Today, technological advances and modern conveniences have led to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle for many Americans. Many people have jobs that require them to sit in front of a computer all day while modern machinery has made physical labor nearly nonexistent in many occupations. Children opt to play video games, foregoing physical activities that were popular a generation age. Cable TV provides hundreds of channels to choose from, and the average American watches several hours  of television daily. People drive their cars even short distances rather than biking; they use drive- thru windows for everything from purchasing food and prescriptions to getting money from the bank. Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle has become the norm in America today.

Social Factors

Examples of social factors include the amount of familial support a person has access to, whether a person belongs to a church or temple, and how frequently a person participates in social activities with others. Laughter and connecting with others helps keep our stress levels low, which in turn contributes positively to our health and wellness.