Food is a major component and a contributing factor to good health and wellbeing. However this is only true if we feed on the best quality and healthy food. What we choose to feed on can impact on our health either positively or negatively. Such food stuff plays a large role in determining our risk of gaining too much weight. The world around as influences the kind of food we eat quite significantly by:
- The kinds of food our parents make available at home.
- How far we live from the nearest supermarket or fast food restaurant
- The ways that governments support farmers
In the U.S. for example and even many parts of the world there are so many hindrances like the food environment, physical and social surroundings that effect what we eat making it far too difficult to choose healthy foods, and all too easy to go for unhealthy foods and because of this trend this kind of food environment has been nick named “toxic” because of the way it destroys healthy lifestyles and promotes obesity.
Time has come for all of us to pool together and help redeem our health by feeding on the right kinds of food. There must be a campaign to create awareness on the right feeding habits not just for people who are obese but to everyone obese or not. Proper knowledge of how food environment influences our weight is very important to the authorities who make policies as this will enable them to determine ways of changing the environment and in turn reduce the risk of obesity to everyone. These environmental obstacles often affects people in the low income bracket, less educated people the most because many at times the much needed traditional healthy diet education really reaches them.
Keen interest has been taken by researchers studying on our obesogenic it has been established that food environment has really grown and experts are giving it different approaches by looking at the locations of where we live from homes and neighborhoods to worksites and schools all these has great influence on which foods are available, how much they cost, and whether the people in those locations are eating healthy diets. Other factors affecting our choice of food also include food marketing strategies and government policies. To help us understand better we are going to discuss some of these locations and the societal factors which shape how we eat.
Did you know that the kind of food you stock in your family store impacts on your children’s life and into the future? Therefore if you’re feeding your children on healthy foods at home that are exactly what they will know is the best and the opposite is also true. You can help reduce the risk of your children being obese or gaining weight just by ensuring good feeding habits at home. The food that families keep at home and how family members share meals influences what and how much they eat as was established by a recent study that there is a strong association between the availability of fruits and vegetables at home and whether children, adolescents, and adults eat these foods. Eating meals as a family has also been linked with increased child and adolescent intake of fruit and vegetables and other healthy foods. Increased frequency of family meals has been linked with lower BMI in some studies.
The high cost of living is also a significant factor influencing healthy feeding habits especially to the people in the low income bracket. Because healthy foods like fruits, whole grains and vegetables are relatively expensive than the unhealthy foods like refined grains and sweets necessitating them to go for what they can afford which is not healthy. Time is another barrier because preparing healthy food takes time compared to walking into the nearby store to buy convenience foods or fast food. But people in lower-income households, often single parents working full time and taking care of children, may have less time for meal preparation and other household chores and end up feeding on all the wrong food thereby increasing their risk of becoming obese.
Majority of people working in offices often spend most of their time in their work stations where there is easy access to unhealthy foods either from the vending gadgets or restaurants where there is little option for healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Besides poor feeding habits, work environments may increase the risk of obesity as a result of job stress and work-related fatigue, which are linked to poor diets and reduced physical activity. Time at work also plays a role: Shift workers and employees working longer-than-usual hours every week have a higher risk of obesity.
Just as employed adults spend most of their day at work, children spend much of their day at school. Most schools these days offer school feeding programs in their institutions which include breakfast and lunch and quit often these foods are not the healthy ones. Other schools also sell foods to students outside of the school meal programs normally referred to as “competitive foods” which are widely available in the cafeteria, vending machines, and school stores. Most of these foods are high in calories and low in nutritional value commonly known as junk food. Eating competitive foods has been associated with poorer quality diets and increased risk of obesity in several studies.
This is a factor in the sense that people will only feed on what they can easily get from their groceries, supermarkets, convenience stores and fast food restaurant. It these facilities were to stock only healthy foods then their customers will have no option but to feed on healthy diet and if all they stock is junk food the same is likely to happen and this will greatly increase their risk of obesity.
The points we have discussed are just indicators of risk of obesity and taking keen adherence to healthy feeding habits will go a long way in reducing the risk of obesity. However being free from the problem of obesity and weight gain will require that you visit a weight loss specialist from time to time to be sure of your status this you can get at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury who is also the founder of the facility. With doctor Akoury you will not just defeat obesity and weight related problems but they will attend to you in a more dignified way while focusing on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE.