In Singapore, the percentages of adult Singaporeans who are overweight are 31.7% for men and 21.2% for women in 2014. By 2025, the percentages are estimated to increase to 36.5% for men and 21.7% for women, according to the World Obesity Federation.
When living with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 25, patients are at higher risk of diseases that include cardiovascular (heart and blood circulation), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer, depression and other mental disorders that impact their productivity at work and their overall quality of life.
We might know what are the true causes to obesity but let’s take some time to know the causes of obesity and how it could be prevented or treated.
#1 Lack of physical exercise / activity
Nowadays we rely a lot on public transport or private car hires to get to our destinations. We no longer walk as much as we used to. And since most chores are done by machine, we have been leading a sedentary lifestyle.
#2 Poor Lifestyle choices
Choosing a diet high in simple carbohydrates (sugars, soft drinks, beer, etc) may contribute to weight gain easier as they are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream than complex carbohydrates (pasta, brown rice, vegetables, etc) and causes a more pronounced insulin release after meals than complex carbohydrates. That could contribute to the weight gain. Eating in moderation is important as well.
#3 Irregular Mealtime
Having irregular timing to eat and eating lesser than recommended can cause a weight gain. As if you tend to eat two meals a day, you might overeat and causes large spikes of insulin after meals. When you eat small meals regularly, it can stable the insulin production level.
Medications that causes weight gain includes antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, antipsychotic medications, steroids, and beta blockers. Please seek your doctor if you need to find out more.
The genes we inherit from our parents may affect the amount of body fat we store and where is being distributed. It contributes to our metabolism rate as well and how fast we burn our calories during exercise.
#7 Social Issues
As there isn’t enough education, some people might not have the right access to healthier foods, or taught the healthy way of cooking. Or even buying healthier food might cost double more than a fast food meal.
#8 Emotional issues
Stress might cause you to look for more “comforting”food which are high in calories. Lack of sleep can cause changes in your hormones that increases your appetite. And crave for food high in calories and carbohydrates as well.
#1 Exercise regularly
#2 Follow a healthy eating plan
- Meat: Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc
- Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, shrimp, etc
- Eggs: Whole eggs with the yolk are best
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Brussels sprouts
#3 Monitor your weight regularly
#4 Be consistent
LivingLite removes the guesswork and the hit-or-miss approach to weight management, making it a more consistent and well supported effort. Patients who follow the programme are monitored closely to lose weight effectively and safely and more importantly, to maintain their healthy weight.