Whether you have opted for one or the other option, the same evidence emerges: technology and digital services have made movement less necessary. Shopping, home care, travelling around the city (by car but at a reasonable price): almost every activity in everyday life can be completed with minimal physical effort. We have reached a point where, if we do not want to do so, we can refrain from moving around without having to give up practically anything.
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According to data from the World Health Organization, adults suffering from obesity in the world have increased by 200% in 30 years, and adolescents by 400%. Today, there are 1.9 billion adult overweight people worldwide, and 13% of the world's population are obese. Women, from all demographic groups, are particularly affected, however, most worryingly young people and the problem of obesity is increasing the most and at a faster rate.
The differences between the world's regions are considerable, with the US accounting for 35% of obese adults and Vietnam for only 1.6%, but according to data from the Global Burden of Disease, the trend is global: obesity levels have increased in all countries, regardless of income levels. There is no doubt: the problem affects everyone.
Obesity: what causes it and what are the risks?
Now, pointing the finger at technological development is clearly simplistic. To say that our smartphone applications are the cause of such a big problem would not only be naive, but totally incorrect.
And if it is not possible to identify a single cause, the increase in availability, accessibility and affordability of high-calorie foods has been identified as a determining factor in the growing imbalance between calories consumed and energy consumed, which is the most direct cause of obesity.
Added to this is the decrease in opportunities for movement, deriving above all from the sedentary nature that characterizes an increasing number of occupations, the change in modes of transport and the unstoppable increase in urbanization in every geographical area of the world (when we said about the long and challenging day; did you imagine a big city or a quiet country village?).
A matter of lifestyle
Just train yourself
That's what inspired Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga teacher and body positive advocate and founder of the EveryBody gymnasium in Los Angeles. It's a probable hypothesis, but to be sure is that in the USA a movement is emerging that has as its main aim to redefine the concept of fitness.
However, it should not be forgotten that weight loss in itself also brings important physical benefits: less body weight means less pressure on the joints. In addition, a physical activity that is carried out assiduously promotes blood circulation towards the joints, improving lubrication and reducing friction.
And if there was still a need to find incentives for physical activity, the positive effect of mood exercise could perfectly serve the purpose: thanks to the endorphins released by the brain, after some workout it is the body itself that "asks to move". What better chance to turn a healthy gesture into a habit?