Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Obesity - The Underlying Historic Causes


The scourge of obesity has reached such gigantic proportions across the world that it is now termed as globesity. The obesity is now accepted as a global epidemic and governments are pouring in money and resources to fight this menace, which is quietly swallowing the economic gains of a country.

Obesity is a relatively a new disease which has become widespread only in the past 50 years. Research in US indicates an increase of 1 % obesity levels every year for the past 20 years and this rate 100 % of US population would be overweight by the year 2040. Rest of the world is not far behind what with globalization. The work culture, global fast food chains, carbonated colas and beverages having spread across every country in the world corrupting the good food habits of the world.

One must understand the underlying historic causes and trends that have brought about obesity to combat it effectively individually as a society.

What are the trends that have resulted in obesity to reach such proportions?

The changing work culture:

Industrial revolution ushered in the automation and assembly line cultures where people were required to perform tasks with the least waste of movement, assembling maybe a single part or piece of an equipment or product possibly throughout their working tenure.

Extra and unwanted movements were strictly controlled even to the extent of limiting breaks for rest and restrooms. This resulted in low physical activity.

The 9 to 5 fixed work culture with strictures on leaves and holidays further brought about a reduction in social interaction to the minimal. Performing mechanical tasks for most part of the day, the employees were mentally tired with no social outlet. To make up for an uninspiring and mechanical work environment people began to find snacking and watching endless soap operas and sporting events as an alternative.

Improvement in Transportation

Improvement in the mode of transportation speeded up life to an extent that people spent more time working and commuting longer distances to find work. There is little need to walk distances. The improvement in transportation from cars to subways to flying sometimes even on a daily basis leading to insufficient physical and metabolic activity. The pace of life became accelerated thousand fold compared to the laid-back 18th century lifestyles. This resulted in high stress leading to an increased craving for carbohydrates and high-energy foods. This slowly created the high calorie high-energy fast food culture, which though provided instant gratification and energy was however devoid of nutrients. Such a fast food culture created increasing weight and high levels of obesity

Development of Technology

Technology has affected the way we live and work. From cooking to computers, everything is just at the touch of a button involving very little physical activity. This sedentary lifestyle resulted in low metabolic activity and calorie burning. Physical activity has been reduced to exercising in gyms or at home again with equipments, which may not really exercise all parts of the body uniformly resulting in the increasing weight and obesity.

Role of Information Technology

Information technology has again influenced the work culture. No more the need to visit customers or prospects and business associates for meetings. You do everything using computers, internet and intranet, video conferencing and teleconferencing. You do not even need to walk down to your boss to hand over a file or discuss issues regularly. You do everything through the computers or intercoms. Even commuting to work is now being dispensed with telecommuting and work delivered to your home. Technology has even enabled the work to be outsourced to different countries with no physical contact needed. The trend is only likely to accelerate creating less physical movement and accumulation of bigger waistlines.

Fast food business model

The fast food business model has affected our lives like nothing else before. The fast-paced technology driven lifestyles created an extremely stressful work culture, displacement of family, low physical activity all resulting in the inability of the body to break down sugar has lead to an increased craving for instant and quick absorbing, cheap energy foods. Fast foods and sugared beverages quickly emerged to take advantage of this evolving need and rake in the moolah at an immense economic cost to the individuals, the governments and society. These fast food companies glamorized and spread the fast food culture worldwide as the cheap alternative to time consuming home cooking. By the time realization dawned of the ill effects of the junk food being dished out, it became too late. The fast food industry has now developed adequate financial muscle to even buy legislation favoring it especially in economically weaker nations. The generation X is now totally sold over on these fast food (if they can be called food at all) with all the advertising glitz and glamour.

The wheel has come full circle. If we need to escape the scourge of the technological advance, we need to redesign the way the planet earth lives. Technology has to be an enabler of better health and lifestyles and not be the source of destruction of the humankind. People have to start going back to the basics in at least in matters of diet, physical activities and spend more time in pursuits, which will result in better health. Obesity and overweight needs to be tackled by designing a new lifestyle that will integrate technology with natural living.

This article is copyright © of R.G. Srinivasan a Certified Trainer, Small Business Consultant, Writer and Author. He is a strong proponent of a holistic lifestyle and alternate health practices. Check out his site at http://globalhealthnetwork.tripod.com


MORE RESOURCES:

MyCentralJersey.com

Studies show bariatric weight loss can help fertility
MyCentralJersey.com
Bariatric surgery is an increasingly popular, safe, and effective approach for achieving sustainable weight loss, as well as reducing infertility and other health problems associated with severe obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high ...
Weight Loss Surgery Information SessionThe Daily Voice
Thinking about weight-loss surgery?mybiglife (blog)

all 7 news articles »


TIME

The Best Workout for Weight Loss
TIME
Everyone knows that cardio exercise—by way of a bike ride or a sprint—is key to weight loss. But a high-intensity cardio workout may do a better job of decreasing blood sugar levels than lower intensity exercise, according to a new study in Annals of ...
Only High-Intensity Exercise Improves Glucose ToleranceMedscape
High-intensity workouts work better against diabetes by decreasing blood sugar ...TheHealthSite
Fixed exercise time, not intensity decreases abdominal fat; intensity required ...Healio
Diabetes.co.uk
all 12 news articles »


The Skinny on Next Generation Weight Loss Treatments
Medscape
Weight loss surgery is highly effective, but less than 2% of people who are candidates for it take that step, according to one estimate. "Patients are very reluctant to undergo surgery," says Caroline Apovian, the director of the Nutrition and Weight ...



Huffington Post

To Cheat or Not to Cheat: Negotiating Weight Loss, Long-Term
Huffington Post
Within the unofficial country club of former overeaters who have dropped and kept off 100+ pounds for five years or more, there's no shortage of debate as to how it's best done. Some swear by cheat days while others feel more at ease with a scheduled ...



NEWS.com.au

Woman known as 'Half Ton Killer' shares weight loss story
FOX31 Denver
HOUSTON — A Texas woman once called the “Half Ton Killer,” after being accused of killing her nephew by rolling on him with her 1,000-pound frame. She cleared her name and is now motivating others with her weight loss story, KTRK reported. “I was ...
Woman Once Known as 'Half-Ton Killer' Loses 800 Pounds, Shares Weight Loss ...KTLA
Mayra Rosales Loses 800 Pounds In Dramatic Weight-Loss MakeoverThe Inquisitr
1000 pound woman called “Half Ton Killer” has significant weight loss, see her ...fox6now.com
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV -NEWS.com.au
all 36 news articles »


Weight Loss Reduces Atrial Size, Pericardial Fat in AF Patients
Medscape
The main study results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013 and reported by heartwire , showed that weight loss and the management of cardiometabolic risk factors could significantly reduce the burden of AF in obese and ...



Healthy snacks for weight loss
Fremont Tribune
Need some snack ideas that will help maintain or lose weight? Finding simple, tasty food options that won't break the calorie bank doesn't have to be hard with the help of the Fremont Hy-Vee registered dietitians. Snacks high in quality nutrients and ...



Fox News

Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills
Fox News
A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive. Under the proposed ...
Sued, weight-loss program agrees to refund over "Eat All You Want" sloganMinneapolis Star Tribune

all 49 news articles »


MedPage Today

Workouts for Weight Loss: How Much is Enough?
MedPage Today
Senior Executive Editor, MedPage Today Video. Patients often ask, "How much exercise do I need to do to lose weight?" MedPage Today research reviewer F. Perry Wilson, MD, examines a new study of exercise intensity and weight loss, appearing this week ...



Today.com

High-intensity training speeds weight loss, protects against diabetes
Today.com
Simply bumping up the incline on your treadmill as you walk might help protect you from diabetes, a new study suggests. Woman running on treadmill. Shutterstock. Canadian researchers found improvements in managing blood sugar only occurred with ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.