Best Body Fat Loss Exercises
Is anyone in your family overweight? If so, can you identify factors that may contribute to this weight problem, such as heredity, eating patterns, or psychosocial factors? Has the person tried to address the problem? How is the issue handled in your family? How do family members help the situation or make it worse?
Looking for an easy way to cut calories? Cut down on soda or beer. A 12-ounce can of regular soda or beer contains about 150 calories. Reduce your consumption by just one can a day, and you can lose about 15 pounds in a year!
Physical Activity Activity levels among Americans are declining, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout life. Many schools have cut back on physical education classes and even recess. Most adults drive to work, sit all day, and then relax in front of the TV (or continue working) at night. One study found that 60% of the incidence of overweight can be linked to excessive television viewing. On average, Americans exercise 15 minutes per day and watch 170 minutes of TV and movies.
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Psychosocial Factors Many people have learned to use food as a means of coping with stress and negative emotions. Eating can provide a powerful distraction from difficult feelings loneliness, anger, boredom, anxiety, shame, sadness, inadequacy. It can be used to combat low moods, low energy levels, and low self-esteem. When eating becomes the primary means of regulating emotions, binge eating or other unhealthy eating patterns can develop.
Obesity is strongly associated with socioeconomic status. The prevalence of obesity goes down as income level goes up. More women than men are obese at lower income levels, but men are somewhat more obese at higher income levels. These differences may reflect the greater sensitivity and concern for a slim physical appearance among upper-income women, as well as greater access to information about nutrition and to low-fat and low-calorie foods. It may also reflect the greater acceptance of larger body types among certain ethnic groups, as well as different cultural values related to food choices.
In some families and cultures, food is used as a symbol of love and caring. It is an integral part of social gatherings and celebrations. In such cases, it may be difficult to change established eating patterns because they are linked to cultural and family values.
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