More than one billion people in the world are obese, but our weight is the result of a combination of many factors, and junk food is not always to blame. At Dockul, we wanted to investigate the underlying factors of being overweight and obese, and we gathered the results of a number of scientific research studies. Here are nine surprising reasons for weight gain you should know.
Avoid family dinners
Studies have shown that family diet can protect us from obesity and overweight. The reason is that dining together may provide opportunities for emotional connections between family members and encourage healthy eating habits. According to the results of the study, children who eat at least three meals a week are 24% more likely to eat healthy foods than those who eat fewer meals.
Year of birth
If you were born after 1942, please pay attention. Researchers have found that your obesity risk largely depends on your year of birth. People with obesity-prone FTO (obesity and obesity-related) gene mutations may be overweight if they were born after 1942.
Classical music in the restaurant
A study found that in restaurants with classical music as the background, people eat more food and coffee. If you also want to reduce expenses, you can consider it.
Work at night
People are programmed to sleep and eat when there is no light during the day. Working at night will increase weight because it disrupts the physiological cycle and leads to a reduction in total daily energy expenditure. If you work at night, the way to prevent weight gain is to eat less.
Lack of sleep
It is scientifically proven that lack of sleep can make you fat. The underlying reason for this is that sleeping has an important function in the metabolism of stored energy. Therefore, when we lack sleep, we will eat more, because this is the physiological adaptation mechanism to stay awake.
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Studies have shown that exposure to certain environmental pollutants increases the risk of obesity. The reason is that some contaminants accumulate in adipose tissue. These pollutants reach the human body through fatty foods (such as meat and fatty fish).
Watch too much TV
Spending more than two hours in front of TV every day increases the risk of obesity by 23%. Turning on the TV to sleep also increases the risk. According to a study, when sleeping at night, exposure to artificial light will reduce the level of melatonin, a hormone that protects us from metabolic disorders that cause obesity and diabetes.
Stress, depression, anxiety…
Compared with women who have not experienced this condition, women who suffer from post-traumatic stress gain faster weight and are more likely to be obese. But there is good news: when the symptoms of this disease are reduced, the risk of obesity is greatly reduced. On the other hand, more than half of people respond to stress by eating, especially foods high in fat and sugar. The scientific explanation is that this kind of food will affect the brain’s reward center.
Eat “low-fat” foods
A study concluded that the consumption of high-fat dairy products is associated with a lower risk of developing central obesity because they are more satisfying than non-fat or lightweight products. In addition, research shows that many products that are advertised as low-fat contain more calories than those without fat.
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Based on materials from El País