The state of health of the youth today is at stake. Several cases of obesity are being recorded in this decade compared to the records that characterized the previous decades. The question to ask perhaps is why the increasing statistics. According to healthcare providers, lack of exercise and poor eating habits account for ninety percent of the obesity cases. They assert that if corrective measures are not put in place, the situation could only worsen.
Exactly how does the lack of exercise lead to obesity? What function does exercise play in our bodies? According to health care providers, exercise suffices for the performance of a number of functions in the body. It does not only get to strengthen the body muscles, but it also strengthens the performance of the body organs. The heart, for instance, pumps blood more efficiently if regular exercises are taken by the human being.
However, the crucial role that exercise plays in the control of the health of the human being entails the disposition of excess calories of energy. Through exercise the body physiological processes essentially burn calories released through the energy expended in the exercise processes. In the absence of exercise, the body system lacks the mechanism to rid itself of the excess calories. Instead, the energy is biologically converted into fats. The fats are then stored in the body parts such as the skin, the buttocks, breasts for females, among other parts. It is the stored fats that essentially give the body its obese state.
In addition, failure by the body to exercise adequately makes the body organs and muscles rather inactive. The inactivity essentially means nutrients accumulated through the human feeding process are not put to god use. Most of the excess and unused nutrients get biologically converted to fats building the fats reserves in the body. The reserves finally lead up to the state of obesity in the human being.
On the other hand, poor eating habits also constitute the causative factors of the state of obesity. Ordinarily one would be expected to eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet essentially constitutes carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins and mineral contents. The observation of a balanced diet seems to have evaded the youth. Most youths prefer to eat fast and ready foods. They would prefer to run into restaurants and fast foods where they order basic palatable foods without necessarily considering the balanced diet rules. This culture, which has gained currency among the youth, has resulted into situations where the human body simply accumulates too much of carbohydrates without necessarily including vitamins and mineral content. The biological system of the body only consumes enough of the carbohydrates that it needs. The content that is over and above the normal requirement, naturally converted into fat reserves in the body. It is the reserves that would ordinarily be located under the skin and in more pronounced body parts such as the buttocks and the female breasts that ultimately give the body its obese status.
In conclusion, it should be appreciated that obesity as a status can and should be controlled. The remedy lies in the choices that one makes concerning the diet he or she feeds. One should endeavor to eat a balanced diet.
Blackburn, George L and Beatrice Stefannie Kanders. Obesity: Pathophysiology, Psychology, and Treatment. illustrated. New York: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2006.