Tag: obesity

Obesity and overweight – causes and consequences

Various factors work in isolation and in combination to lead to obesity. Being overweight is a complex health issue, making you vulnerable to myriad other diseases. Let’s take a more detailed look at the causes of obesity. Body weight is a result of the combination of genes, metabolism, environment, culture, socioeconomic status and behavior. Our behavior and environment play a… Read more »

Soft drinks and obesity

Soft drinks increase the risk of obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Sugar-sweetened drinks do this in four ways: Direct increase in calorie intake Appetite stimulation Negative effects of high-fructose corn syrup on metabolism Replacement of healthy dietary intake Sugar based soft drinks usually contain about 140-150 calories per serving (12 oz). Therefore, if one adjusts dietary intake to account for these… Read more »