YOU KNOW WHAT THE MAIN CAUSE OF OBESITY?

YOU KNOW WHAT THE MAIN CAUSE OF OBESITY

The answer came from a study conducted by Stanford University, which, contrary to what you think, do not put as the main factor for overweight, poor diet. This is what the researchers say.

The study, titulad or obesity, abdominal obesity, Physical Activity, and Caloric Intake in the United States, published by the American Journal of Medicine, said sedentary as the main cause of weight gain in the American population, which ranks second put in obesity rates worldwide, after Mexico.

In reaching this conclusion, the researchers relied on data from the National Survey of Health Examination and Nutrition NHANES, 20 years ago, in order to analyze, during this time, changes in intake caloric Americans and the practice of daily physical activity.

YOU KNOW WHAT THE MAIN CAUSE OF OBESITY

After examining the data, starting from the body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference perimeter (which must not exceed 90 inches in men and 80 inches in women), the experts agreed that the relevant factor in weight gain definitely was sedentary, followed by poor eating habits.

Silver lining

Given the increasing obesity in the overall population, the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide; 6 percent of the global population (3 billion people) die annually from diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle, such as colon cancer, diabetes type I and II, and heart ailments.

YOU KNOW WHAT THE MAIN CAUSE OF OBESITY

In Colombia, the numbers are not encouraging. The National Survey of the Nutritional Situation in Colombia (2010) claims that 46 percent of Colombians have inactive lifestyles; in other words, that do not meet the 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, as recommended by WHO for adults between 18 and 64 years.

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According to the figures, only 13.8 percent of women and 28 percent of men meet this recommendation, being overweight and abdominal obesity major nutritional problems, in addition to the underestimation of overweight.

Survey experts recommend that people who tend toward sedentary lifestyles, make changes in their daily activities; as, for example, replace the automobile as a means of transportation by bicycle, walking to destinations, and use the free time to do some exercise.