Sedentary Lifestyle, Unhealthy Diet: Growing Waistline and Health Problems
An unhealthy diet and frequent sitting down at work with no viable exercising may not just be adding pounds to your frame, but also taking years from your life. A recent study looked at people who were overweight and obese to see if they developed other health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. The researchers found that, as people became more overweight, their risk of developing other health problems increased. Depression, back pain, and joint problems were among the most commonly reported conditions.
The Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences at London’s King’s College led the study to see how obesity affected the odds of developing other health conditions. This study looked at 11 conditions including diet to see which ones were most common in people who are overweight or obese. 223,089 adults who were overweight or obese were included in the study, and the researchers looked at their health records from 2005 to 2011.
The 11 conditions normally associated with unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle includes:
- Heart disease or heart problems typically from high blood pressure or clogged arteries.
- Sleep apnea and shallow or paused breathing during sleep.
- Type II diabetes and high blood sugar.
- Neoplasm tumor or other abnormal growth.
- Gall bladder problems.
- Back pain and other joint pains
The researchers found that 23.1% of men and 27.6% of women who were not overweight had at least two of these conditions. That number rose as weight increased. About 27% of overweight men and 34.2% of overweight women had at least two of the conditions. For people who were obese, 43.8% of men and 51.2% of women had two or more of the conditions.
The researchers also found that overweight or obese people with sedentary work and unhealthy diet were 124% more likely to have at least one of the 11 conditions. The research suggests that people should be aware of the health problems associated with diet and work with overweight employees to reduce the risk of developing other conditions. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre and the UK National Prevention Research Initiative. The researchers declared no conflicts of interest.