Environmental Factors Affecting Obesity

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Register to read the introduction… The increasing older population isn’t any different and is probably the most susceptible age group to be affected by those factors. Some of those factors include lifestyle habits such as what they eat, use of alcohol and tobacco, exercise or lack of physical activity and medications. Eating healthy foods especially foods rich in vitamins and proteins is extremely important to keeping up their strength and immune system. Physical activity also keeps up strength and increases mobility. If the increasing older population can adhere to some of these simple lifestyle changes, their chance of living a more productive and extended lifespan increases. Along with implementing these habits, they can decrease their chances of illness and the use of medications. Sometimes constant use of medications can decrease your health because of the side effects they can have on other organs and parts of the …show more content…
So many individuals who are obese really do not even know that they are. They tend to be so set in their lifestyle, being overweight just becomes part of the norm. Many factors come in to play with obesity. The environment we are in is the greatest factor of all. Our very busy lives would be a major contributor to this theory. With all that is going on in peoples’ lives, there is very little time for good, healthy, cooked meals. The fast food trend has become our means of meals. With this trend of eating comes food high in fat, calories, cholesterol and all of the ingredients for an unhealthy and obese weight in the making. Another environmental factor is the general populations’ idea of activities. Instead of getting up and out to actually go do something physical, video games and computers now fill up our past time. Getting exercise or doing some activity would be a great benefit to fighting off …show more content…
The less healthy a person is, the more expensive the treatment becomes. This in turn affects even those who are healthy when it comes to health care premiums. Doctors and specialists charge more for treatment, who in turn charge the insurance companies more and at the bottom of that downward spiral is the consumer who ends up paying the most. By diseases increasing, so will the costs of medical care. For those who do have existing health care already, premiums are sure to go up with increasing medical costs. The aging population will find themselves in a medical bind with the decreasing benefits for social security and

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