The average caloric requirement for physically active adult women per day is about 2000, while for physically active men it is 2500. But the problem is that most of us rarely move. Either caused by a binding job (such as having to sit in front of the computer all day) or because we prefer to spend leisure time relaxing, watching tv, playing video games, or sleeping.
The work factor should not be an excuse because we can still use the spare time at least half an hour each day. We can exercise and walk fast in the morning/afternoon, cycling, or aerobic exercise.
But often, we don’t do this positive thing. Physical inactivity is also exacerbated by our habit of consuming large amounts of food, like eating fast food, sugary drinks, or even consuming alcoholic beverages.
Besides an unhealthy diet and a less active body move, obesity can also be caused by other factors, such as:
Descendants of genetics inherited from parents.
- Drug side effects; Some drugs that can cause weight gain are antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, steroids, diabetes drugs, and beta-blockers.
- Pregnancy; When pregnant, women will need a lot of nutrients from food intake. But not a few also from those who have difficulty in recharging her body after giving birth.
- Lack of sleep; Hormonal changes that occur when we lack sleep can increase appetite. This can lead to obesity.
- Growing age; The older our age, the greater the risk of weight gain. This is caused by decreased body metabolism and reduced muscle mass.
Diet and lifestyle.
There are several types of diseases that impact can cause weight gain, including:
- Prader-Willi syndrome; A person born with this genetic disorder will have an extreme appetite
- Arthritis; A person who has arthritis will usually be difficult to move. This condition makes the activity limited so vulnerable to gaining weight.
- Cushing’s syndrome; Patients with this condition have high levels of the hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol is one of the hormones that can increase appetite.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome; This condition can disrupt the balance of hormones in the female reproductive system.
- Hypothyroidism; This is a disorder of the thyroid gland that can cause the production of important hormones to be less or even stopped.