Researcher Mark Benden from Texas A&M School of Public Health, who studies the use of sit-stand desks to promote physical activity, said, “Obesity is the new smoking. That’s true from a cause-and-effect standpoint, in terms of the number of people dying from these preventable causes each year.”
Just like smoking won’t kill you in a jiffy, obesity also won’t kill you like that. They both are killers that take time to kill their target by taking their own sweet time. It is the problems that obesity develops in our bodies which lead to an unfortunate death. It leads to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and-yes-certain types of cancer.
Sitting is a major contributor to obesity. We can’t say that it’s the only one but it is one of the main reasons. There are genetic and epigenetic components, diet factors and exercise amounts that all contribute. We also can say that it’s the equivalent of sitting that is harmful which is not standing or having no physical activity in our routines.
This is why we should take care of our health because obesity can result in various health problems like:
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Dyslipidemia -– An abnormal concentration of fat in the bloodstream.
- Type 2 diabetes – Insulin resistant diabetes
- Coronary heart disease – The build-up of plaques in the main arteries of the heart.
- Stroke – The blockage of blood flow to the brain
- Gallbladder Disease – Can cause nausea and fever, caused by gallstones.
- Sleep Apnea – Problems breathing during sleep.
- Respiratory Problems
Obesity can be fought by taking food in the right amount and taking what has the right nutritional calories content. (Read our blog on what does our body really need to know about the nutrients our body needs) At the end, everything comes down to taking in only what is good for us and keeping aside all the rest. Some people take care of their health so much that they take extra supplements and health bars in their diets. Everyone should be this concerned about their health then only we will have an obesity-free world.