LACK OF EXERCISE COULD CONTRIBUTE TO OBESITY- PHYSIOTHERAPIST DISCUSSES

Physiotherapist and Chief Executive Officer of Physio and CrossFit, Elvis Asare in an interview with host of Kantanka TV’s ‘Fontomfrom’ morning show, Abena Kyei Boakye has explained how one can get Obesity and its adverse effects in the human system.

He defined Obesity as an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that risks one’s health. He continued that, a person with a Body Mass Index “BMI” of 30 or more is generally considered obese whiles a person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight.

Moving on, he educated on the causes and symptoms of obesity and its effects on the body which he clarified that, if one consume high amounts of energy, particularly fat and sugars, but do not burn off the energy through exercise and physical activity, much of the surplus energy will be stored by the body as fat which would accumulate as time goes on and cause harm to the body in the long run. Also, another main cause he noted which can result in obesity is calories.

He further expressed that, the average physically active man needs about 2,500 calories daily to maintain a healthy weight, whilst the average physically active woman needs about 2,000 calories daily. He said, the amount of calories may sound high, but it is easy to reach if certain types of foods are eaten. For example, eating a large takeaway hamburger, fries and a milkshake can amount to 1,500 calories.

He further added that, many people are not physically active, so lots of the calories they consume end up being stored in their body as fat. “Obesity does not happen overnight, It develops gradually over time, as a result of poor diet and lifestyle choices, such as eating large amount of processed or fast food that’s high in fat, sugar, drinking too much alcohol, drinking too many sugary drinks including soft drinks and fruit juices and poor diet”, he said.

Moreover, unhealthy eating habits according to him at times tend to run in the family. He stated that one may inherit bad eating habits from someone in the family when young and continue them into adulthood. Moving on he stated that, many people have jobs that involve sitting at a desk for a very long time which makes them rely on their cars, rather than walking. “If one is not active enough, you do not use the energy provided by the food you eat, and the extra energy you consume is stored by the body as fat”, he stressed.

According to him, It might be true that certain genetic traits inherited from the family such as having a large appetite might make losing weight more difficult, but it certainly does not make it impossible. He then advised for more consumption of fruits and vegetables to take place, do regular exercise to burn fat and desist from eating at night.

 

SOURCE: www.kantankatv.com | Harriet Anaman

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