By Rukith Nayak, Grade VIII, Ekya School BTM Layout

As the amount of junk food increases, the number of people that consume it increase as well. These days, more and more people prefer to eat outside at McDonald’s, KFC, etc. instead of at home. Now with packaged food, we will know how many calories it contains and other facts about the product, but this does not apply to restaurants and fast food joints. Some people have this misconception that the fancier the restaurant is, the healthier it is. This statement is completely incorrect. With this, we come to how obesity starts.

Obesity isn’t just about how much unhealthy food you eat, it also depends on how often you exercise. If you sit around and just eat all day, it is very unhealthy. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases and conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis and possibly depression. Now, it is still rare to obtain any of these diseases, but the chances are higher than a normal human being.

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Obesity is preventable through a combination of social changes and personal choices. If your diet and exercise regularly, you are preventing obesity. Sometimes you may have to take medications. In some rare cases, a gastric balloon or surgery must be performed to reduce the length of the intestines. The best solution to preventing obesity is to exercise and eat healthier food options.

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Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death among children and adults across the globe. In 2015, 12% of all adults were obese! In the western countries, obesity is very much stigmatized. Though in other parts of the world, it is a sign of wealth. Obesity is taking a large toll on the human population. Everyone should try a healthier alternative.

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