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Sunday, September 6, 2015
Obesity happens when you continuously gain weight over a long period of time. You gain weight when you eat more food than calories you use in a day. When you don’t expend the amount of calories that you consume it causes an energy imbalance.
Your weight accumulates each year and after a while you become obese. Your environment also affects your health. Sometimes, your environment causes an energy imbalance and causes you to gain weight.
The environment is:
The combination of the environment and your health is complicated. However, you can control many things in your environment. The information below describes what’s possible.
Automobiles, longer workdays, and suburban housing are examples of environment factors that favor inactive lifestyles. Major factors in your environment include:
Ask yourself: Do you have enough time to get physical activity each day? Or Do you feel exhausted and without the energy to workout after your workday? Think about some real life adjustments to make the day work for you. What are some little ways you can make time for yourself throughout the day?
Your Neighborhood. Are there safe parks, trails, or sidewalks to use? If there are, take advantage of them! If not, you can always get active around your home!
Your School. Encourage your schools to include regular physical activity as part of the school day and offer .
Be aware of the environment you live in and its impact on your health. Your choices are part of your environment. Make healthier choices – choose proper nutrition, get enough physical activity, get enough sleep, and don’t smoke.
Last Reviewed: Jul 27, 2015
Case Western Reserve University