Life in the modern times is without any doubt much easier than how it used to be in the past years with the technological advancements that have made everyday activities convenient and the medical developments that are the reason so many health conditions have been controlled.
However, where the older problems no longer exist now, new issues have arisen and have taken their place especially in terms of health. Maintaining health in today’s world is certainly not as easy as it used to be.
For example, it is considerably hard to have a clean diet and watch the weight. Nearly all of the commonly consumed foods are loaded with sugary carbohydrates and trans-fats and finding healthier alternatives will not only take much more effort but also money.
Anyone who has ever chosen to switch to a healthier lifestyle by introducing changes in his/her diet would have noticed that the whole-wheat versions of common foods have a higher price than the original ones.
Maintaining or dropping weight has thus become a harder job because of this and much more not so well known reasons.
According to a study published in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, there is a possibility that the waist size of adults today is larger in comparison with a person around thirty years ago even if the amount of physical activity along with the caloric intake are the same.
The study took into account the dietary data from 36,377 adults between the years of 1997 2008 along with the data on the physical activity of 14,419 adults from 1998 to 2006.
The researchers in the study found that the BMIs of the adults in 2006 were higher than the ones in the previous years.
What does this mean? It shows that people are about ten percent heavier than they used to be in the 1970s.
Even with the same number of calories in the diet at the similar levels and an equal amount of exercise, the sizes have tended to increase in today’s times. This highlights the fact that the maintenance of body weight is more than just counting calories.
The leading researchers on the increased sizes and maintaining weight have concluded that a number of other factors such as the changes in the environment and the way of living are equally important when it comes to watching the weight.
Majority of the people are not even aware of some of the factors that can be impacting their fitness. For example, three of the main culprits of increased sizes today are said to be gut health, chemical exposure, and prescription drugs.
How are these three factors linked to weight gain?
Prescription drugs have a bigger role in the rise of obesity and increased waistlines than most of the people think due to the fact that it impacts the gut health especially in the United States where taking medications is almost a habit.
According to the statistics, nearly seventy percent of the Americans are on some kind of prescription drug. Nearly half of these people are even on two or more of the drugs, one of which is likely to be an antidepressant.
In fact, antidepressants are the second most prescribed medicines in the US. These drugs have now long been linked to a number of issues including the increased risk of obesity and weight gain.
However, they are not as harmful as the first most prescribed drugs which are antibiotics. These can not only cause a person to put on extra pounds but can lead to serious health conditions, particularly the ones related to the gut such as leaky gut syndrome.
Additionally, these drugs are the main reason for the rise in antibiotic resistance worldwide. The WHO has reported this specific phenomenon to be highly concerning because of its rise in controlled diseases since 2013.
Antibiotics are prescribed usually to help the body flush out the harmful bacteria but in reality, they also destroy the good bacteria that are needed by the body which is why taking too many antibiotics is now dangerous.
The third main cause of the increase in sizes across the world is increased exposure to various types of chemicals. This does not only point out lead poisoning or exposure to chemicals because of living near some factory.
It actually highlights the pesticides in almost all of the foods, genetically modified organisms, inferior proteins, grains and canola oil in packaged foods, meats filled with antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, and many more.
Processed foods are one of the main reasons while people are putting on weight despite eating the same amount of food and putting in an effort at the gym. The foods in today’s diet might be named the same but they are much more different in composition.
What’s the solution?
It all depends on the person and his/her chosen way of life. Recently, many people have started buying organic foods to reduce chemical exposure and cutting out excess medication from their lives by trying home remedies for common conditions.