Finding a balance

Being overweight results from an energy and lifestyle imbalance. This involves eating too many calories, not getting enough physical activity, insufficient rest, overwork, poor attitude, lack of fun and little rejuvenation time, leading to chronic fatigue.

Body weight is the result of genes, metabolism, behaviour, environment, culture, and socioeconomic status.

Behaviour and environment play a large role in causing people to be overweight or obese.

In today’s fast-paced world, eating a fast-paced and fat-padded diet is the easy solution for many families. Pizza, once an exotic and special treat, has become a mainstream meal.

What’s wrong with pizza, you may wonder. Fat and processed carbohydrates, two culprits for weight gain.

Along with behaviour and environment, an individual’s emotional nature and learned ways of responding to stress influence eating and lifestyle habits. Smouldering in anger and unable to express it, many people will chomp through a large bag of potato chips to cope or soothe injured and hurt feelings with late-night ice cream. These are the greatest areas for prevention and treatment.

It’s not fun to be fat, and it’s downright dangerous. In the Cayman Islands, diabetes has become so common that people are wearing it like a badge, as if the problem of diabetes explains their weight problem versus an unhealthy lifestyle and overweight conditions leading to diabetes.

Genetics and the environment may increase the risk of personal weight gain. However, the choices a person makes in eating, physical activity and handling emotional turmoil can offset these influences.

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