Your Shape, Your Health . . .

WHERE FAT IS STORED SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH!

Our bodies come in many shapes and sizes – but the shape of your body and knowing where you carry fat can tell quite a lot about your health and any potential health issues. By understanding your body type there is more chance of preventing health problems as well as recognising existing ones. Knowledge is power and knowing where you carry or store fat will help you to understand what kind of lifestyle adjustments you need to combat weight gain or obesity.

We have chosen a few different examples below. Let’s take a look . . .

 
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1. Food Obesity

Eating too much and moving too little causes high amounts of energy, especially fat and sugars but not burning off the energy through physical activity means high amounts of surplus energy will be stored by your body as fat. (WHO, 2019). Eating smaller portions of food, ensuring lower sugar intake and implementing exercise can help to control food obesity.


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2. Inactivity Obesity

Not moving your body will allow fat to form in areas of the body which were once exercised and are not anymore. To combat this obesity problem exercise is the best place to start. It’s recommended by the Department of Health and Social Care for adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (NHS, 2019) – check out our Commit to Fit!’ blog for activity tips that you can incorporate into your day.


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3. Gluten Obesity

Gluten obesity commonly occurs with adolescent or menopausal women, usually brought on by big hormonal changes. Weightlifting helps counter gluten obesity as does eliminating smoking, drinking and avoiding inactivity.


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4. Nervous Stomach Obesity

Weight gain has high association with depression and other mental health issues. Most of us become overeaters when we're feeling a lot of pressure, long-term stress can boost your hunger, thanks to our fight-or-flight response. By reducing sugar intake and dealing with the source of depressions or other mental health conditions are key when combating this form of obesity.

 

While you can’t fully control the way your body works, you can learn more about your body type. Unless there is some medical condition getting in your way, it is within your power to control your weight. It often takes hard work and lifestyle changes, but many people do succeed in the long run despite having the odds stacked against them.

 

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Sources

NHS. (2019, May 16). Obesity Causes. Retrieved from NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/causes/

Organization, W. H. (2019, February 16). Obesity and Overweight. Retrieved from World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight