Obesity is a condition that can lead to various health problems, but many people are only aware of obesity risk once their bodies show drastic changes or their numbers go up on the scale. In reality, there are signs or conditions that put you in high risk for obesity, even before you hit alarming numbers on the scale. Make sure you know whether you are at risk or not, and start preventive acts to keep your weight in good numbers.
5 Signs of Obesity Risk
Noticing obesity signs is not just from numbers on scale. Here are several risk factors you must be aware of when it comes to obesity:
• Having obese parents. While there are still no studies that show exact connection between obesity and genetic, some studies have shown the possibilities. A publication published in official Pediatric AAP Publications website about prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity noted double studies that related genetic factors to obesity.
• Your daily diets consist of fried, processed, and sweet foods. While you may not consume junk food or fast food, you may still like fried, processed/canned and sweet foods, and they contribute to obesity. In the US, this is especially a problem for people who eat Southern diet, which mainly consists of foods like batter-covered fried chicken, fried okra, pies, fried tomatoes, and such.
• You do not cook at home enough. Studies conducted by Harvard research fellow Geng Zong, PhD and American Heart Association found that cooking at home can help in weight loss for obesity, because you can regulate the type and portion of foods you cook and consume. People who cook lunch and dinner from scratch have 13% lower risk in developing obesity.
• You sleep less than 7 hours every day. Lack of sleep can contribute to obesity because of several things: it causes increase in cortisol (stress hormone) production and releases more sugar to your bloodstream, and increases overeating tendency.
• You have sedentary daily lifestyle. Commuting with car and working behind the desk for hours can contribute to weight gain. A study published about commuting habit in the UK showed that people who use public transport have lower body fat percentage and Body Mass Index.
These risk factors are something you must pay attention to, even if you feel that you have ideal weight.
How to Prevent Obesity Risk
Once you find out your risk factors, make sure to adjust your lifestyle. This does not mean you should do drastic changes, such as using bicycle to work or replace all foods with salad, but start healthier lifestyle that balances health and fun. For example, use public transport for work, or you can drive halfway before changing into bus, for example. Find simple recipes that can use the same ingredients for both lunch and dinner, and cook packed meals beforehand so you can eat home-cooked meals at work. Add more walking and running in your daily life; 20 minutes per day can make difference.
With good preventive actions, you can avoid obesity when you still have obesity risk factors instead of obesity.