According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, consumption of excess sugars and carbohydrate is to be blamed for the growing numbers of obesity patients.
According to the report, the number of obesity patients has “skyrocketed” in the past 30 years. However, the level of physical activity performed by the western population has remained the same during the period. Therefore, the study concludes that the amount and the type of calories consumed by an individual is to be blamed for the “expanding waistlines” of most people.
Perhaps this is why many people, who exercise or hit the gym everyday show little or no signs of improvement. This indicates that our perception about weight loss isn’t quite clear till yet. Consuming foodstuffs, which are high in calories such as general street foods, ultimately leads to obesity.
But the researchers have not undermined the importance of exercise since they indeed have many health benefits. Exercise reduces the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes along with few of the many forms of cancer by a level of 30%.
The British researchers also have made an estimate that nearly 40% of people who have normal weights could potentially have metabolic abnormalities residing in them.
These abnormalities are specifically associated with obesity, increasing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and other various complications. Researchers also say that factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity generate lesser number of obese people than high-calorie diet people.
Also, the source of calorie has been considered important too. For example, consuming 150 calories of sugar from a can of cola generates 11 times more people associated with type 2 diabetes than 150 calories obtained from fats or proteins. The results are independent of the person’s level of physical activeness and his weight.
This means that calories from sugar promote fat storage and hunger, while those from fats promote satiation or fullness.