According to the website Obesity in America, research has shown that obesity can be linked to the imbalance of energy in to energy out. When the amount of energy taken into the body is greater than the energy used up in everyday activity over a long period of time, a person will experience weight gain.
Some foods of course contain a higher amount of energy, such as snack foods and soda that contain high fructose corn syrup. “Research has found a correlation between the consumption of soft drinks and future weight gain in children and adults”, says the Obesity in America website. They also cite the use of certain drugs to treat illnesses such as depression, diabetes, and allergies as contributing to obesity.
Of course the biggest contributor to obesity would have to be lack of physical activity. “Poor diet and physical inactivity account for more than 400,000 premature deaths each year in the United States”, the FDA boldly declares.
Most sources will admit that lack of physical activity is a major problem in the fight with obesity but in the countless action plans out there very few of them have anything to do with exercise.
If you read the FDA’s official plan to fight obesity, there is nothing in it about physical activity. All of these plans seem to stress counting your calorie intake and sticking to a low fat diet to lose those excess pounds. More often than not these diets and even the calorie counting end in failure.
You can not lose weight if you are not willing to supplement your new diet with exercise.
The American Heart Association stresses that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease, and according to MSNBC’s article “Stronger, Faster, Smarter,” people who exercise have a higher rate of brain activity.
So do not just sit there in your chair, get up and do something! Just take a walk down to the park, or possibly even to the store if you just need one thing. This could make the difference of a lifetime.