For many Americans, we have adopted a lifestyle which has led to eating more and more unhealthy foods, eat bigger food portions, and be less physically active. As a result, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese has been on the rise. About 1 in 3 American adults is now obese, and another 1 in 3 is considered overweight.
Being overweight or obese can have far-reaching health consequences. Excess body weight increases the risk for:
• Heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol levels
• Liver and gallbladder disease
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Abnormal menstrual periods and infertility in women
• Certain cancers
Overweight and obese people, on average, do not live as long as people who stay at a healthy body weight throughout their lives.
Adults are not the only more children are, too. Among children and teens, about 17% are obese, a rate that has almost tripled since 1980. Some of the same health problems affecting obese adults can also affect obese children.
It is important to know things other than eating unhealthy foods which can contribite to weight gain. Check out the attached list for 5 non-food factors which ca lead to weight gain.