Today is World Obesity Day, and with poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles becoming more prevalent, obesity is an increasing health concern. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that globally, obesity has tripled since 1975, and in 2020, 39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. Obesity poses various health risks, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, and more.
Experts highlight that many young people are at risk of developing obesity due to poor eating habits and an imbalanced lifestyle with a lack of physical activity. However, obesity is preventable, and some tips can help with prevention:
Consistency is key: Consistency in eating right, getting enough sleep, and being physically active can help control body weight.
Exercise: Physical activity should be enjoyable and something to look forward to. There are many ways to incorporate fun physical activities like dancing, jumping, and swimming into daily routines.
Good sleep: Proper sleep positively impacts the healthy functioning of the body, and a lack of sleep can lead to metabolic imbalances that result in overeating and obesity.
Stress management: Stress can have negative effects on the body and mind, leading to metabolic imbalances and obesity. Effective stress management is essential.
Healthy eating: Consuming a balanced diet that meets daily nutritional needs while avoiding foods high in salt and sugar can help prevent obesity. Seek the advice of a health expert if necessary.
On this World Obesity Day, it is crucial to take steps to prevent and manage obesity for a healthier future.