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Factors such as excess of lack of sleep, alcohol consumption and sedentary practices have an incidence in putting on these excess kilos. Sadness or anxiety is also related.

Medical Advisor Psychiatrist Practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare, Jaime Adams Dueñas

Times when having excess weight was considered healthy have gone by. The reason is not because of a sculptural ideal for the body or the fitness fad, but because it has been proven that someone who is overweight or obese is in huge risk of suffering diseases as opposed to those who have a normal weight.

Recommendation of watching the body mass index, BMI, comes from the World Health Organization, WHO itself. It considers that obesity and overweight are an epidemic and estimates run in the number of 2,8 million people in the world who die due to this cause.

The first thing an individual must do when he notices an unusual increase in his weight is to consult the doctor in order to assess whether his condition puts his health at risk. According to Psychiatrist Jaime Adams Dueñas in this case there are both voluntary and involuntary factors. The voluntary ones can be controlled because they are related to the consumption of foods with high caloric content such as intake of extra drinks such as alcohol and soft drinks. Other habits, such as bad sleeping and leading of a sedentary life must also be evaluated to see whether they are related.

Sleep and alcohol in an adequate measure

When it is about sleep that is scarcely repairing a recent study from the Mayo Clinic in the United States points out that adults who sleep only four hours feel the need to eat foods containing carbohydrates in comparison with those who get 10 hours of sleep at night.

With regards to alcoholic beverages, the tendency to increase in kilos is due to the fact that such beverages contain carbohydrates and when the individual is eating them he does not worry about eating well.

In the same guise, adopting healthy life habits that not only include good nutrition, the formula for which is very simple and consists in adding five fruit and vegetables, water and foods with low fat content, reduced salt and sugar consumption, but also centering on a bodily hygiene that benefits health in general. “The individual must rest, exercise or practice some form of physical activity, avoid retention of liquids by hydrating and also handle stress and depression,” says the professional. These are simple recommendations that help to bring greater awareness of the body. It is not a matter of punitive diets that often times do not come under medical supervision and that may harm the body. It is a matter of combining a routine that can result in a healthy and happy life.

The mind is part of the balance

The specialist points out that there are factors that correspond to situation that have no relation with the life style such as hormonal issues or intake of medicines or specific pathologies. “There is also the psychological aspect. An individual undergoing stress or facing depression is usually more predisposed to alterations in his metabolism and to a condition to liberate more fat that affects his weight,” explains Dr. Adams Dueñas. He even asserts that many patients tend to alleviate their sadness eating excessively, almost always foods that are not the healthiest.

360 million people in Latin America have excess weight over the recommended one according to the WHO.

States that Interfere with Nutrition

There are multiple situations in everyday life that may have incidence on an individual being predisposed to eating foods that do not nurture his body well or to eat them in excess. Outstanding among others are:

Sadness: it is typical that many people try to calm their sorrows with intake of foods that contain a large amount of carbohydrates such as chocolate or flour.

Stress: even though it is usual to stop eating when there is tension, the contrary also occurs. That is to say eating more than enough while one resolves critical issues.

Anxiety: individuals with this pathology generally lose control of their weight when they look to compensate what they are feeling by eating.

Sedentary habits and procrastination: a poor administration of time to carry out everyday chores, sleeping or resting at odd times creates space for disorderly eating habits. On occasions healthy meals are substituted by snacks that are not nutritious.

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