12 Aug Obesity: Controlling Your Weight and Understanding What Can Contribute
Weight control can be very difficult for some people, and especially those who aren’t naturally motivated with exercise and healthy eating. If you’re not passionate about healthy foods and exercise and have a lack of interest in learning more about these, it’s easy to avoid educating yourself.
Nevertheless, when it comes to your health and controlling obesity risks, educational factors are going to make all the difference.
While overeating and consuming foods high in fat are both obvious contributors to weight gain, there are also many different factors you should consider (and may not have even thought about).
A Busy, Demanding Lifestyle
Healthy eating can be time-consuming in many different ways. It can take extensive meal planning, shopping for healthy ingredients and also the time to prepare and cook certain recipes. Even for those who love to cook, this can be a demanding task if you have an extremely busy lifestyle, such as a hectic job and family life.
This, in turn, makes it very easy to cut corners. You may find yourself reaching for the quickest item to cook in order to save time — such as an unhealthy microwave meal — or maybe ordering takeout more often than you should.
If you’re busy in other areas of your life, healthy eating and weight management can easily fall on the back burner, even if you’re living everyday thinking you’re being as healthy as possible.
Support when you’re busy always makes a difference, which is why tools like obesity and weight management can be an advantage.
Mental Health Problems
Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, can affect your physical health in many different ways, and one of these is weight gain or unhealthy lifestyle patterns. When suffering from depression in particular, it’s common to lack motivation to cook, to eat healthily or to exercise.
Other mental health conditions, such as binge eating triggers, may also mean you’re consuming high amounts of unhealthy food.
All of this can easily lead to becoming overweight, so it’s important not to ignore signs that you’re suffering from mental health struggles if you feel this might be the cause of your unhealthy eating or lack of motivation.
Problems with Your Thyroid
If you have a thyroid disorder or problems with thyroid hormones, weight fluctuation can be an important signal of this. While thyroid issues can cause both weight gain and weight loss, it’s important to consider this as a factor if you’re inexplicably gaining large amounts of weight.
It’s natural that some people simply put on weight more easily than others, and this can be a genetic factor. If you are concerned why you’re putting on weight or becoming obese more easily than someone you know, it could simply be your genetics. That’s why it’s so important to make a health and diet plan without comparing yourself to others. Some people may be able to indulge in fatty foods and snacks regularly with no weight change, but it’s important not to try and do the same if you easily put on weight.
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Last Updated on August 12, 2021 by Marie Benz MD FAAD