Current Lifestyle Problem Causing Major Illness
With fitness gyms mushrooming all over the
country and exercise facilities that are more easily accessible
everywhere (e.g.: condominiums and parks), freely available
information on health as well as exercise, and healthier eating
options, it is not surprising to see an increased the growing
fitness craze and interest of keeping oneself fit.
The accessibility to healthcare services among the public has
become one of the main focuses on world healthcare
development. Knowledge and empowerment for better understanding
in health also underline the hard work needed to see more
prevention of diseases are taken place.
However, research showed that many chronic diseases are closely
linked to lifestyles. An estimated 80% of heart disease, stroke
as well as type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer, can be avoided if
common lifestyle risk factors were eliminated. Yet, most of us
are still grappling with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes,
hypertension, obesity and cancer. These chronic illnesses can
affect the productivity and ultimately, the economy of the
nation (not to mention one’s health).
Most of the people now are leading unhealthy lifestyles. To save
time, we fancy eating fast food or processed foods. Fast foods
and processed foods equal fast eating to save precious time from
having to prepare and cook meals, all this while maintaining the
extremely busy schedule. We can say that “work is my life.”
Research showed that at least 95% of Americans have at least one
nutrient deficiency in their diet, as they always eat high
calories food like animal fats, meat and bread.
Moreover, Asia, which is deemed a food paradise, also is facing
influx of unhealthy fast foods and some of Asia’s own cuisines
These high-fat, high-cholesterol and low-vitamin diets are
wreaking and overloading our bodies with toxics instead of
nutrients, eventually causing problems like obesity,
hypertension, diabetes and cancer.
Coach potatoes beware! Research showed that about 14-20% of
cancer related mortality is due to overweight and obesity,
which can be caused by inactivity. We need to stay active to
burn fats, increase heart’s ability to pump blood and increase
our immune system. Nowadays, people tend to spend time on
computer games, cell phones, video games, television, and
movies, instead of exercise. Low levels of physical activity
with high calorie-consumption will lead to future healthy
complications such as being overweight, increased risk of
cardiovascular diseases and exposing one to premature
mortalities (including hypertension, diabetes and cancer).
Studies also found that sedentary lifestyle may speed up the
rate of ageing.
Today, stress is known killer. In America, stress-related
medical problems consist of 75-90% of doctors’ consultation.
The number of children, teenagers, college students and
employees under stress are increasing. It is worrying to know
that stress has the ability to cause Alzheimer’s disease,
ageing, high blood pressure, substance abuse, sleeping as well
as eating disorders. A person will be prone to health
complications since chronic stress weakens the body’s immune
system, making the body more susceptible to damage. Thus, having
the means to reduce stress and leading a more active lifestyle
are important to prevent chronic and lifelong diseases.
Some of the people ‘kill’ their “pain” by turning to tobacco,
alcohol or drugs. The damage? Simply irreversible. In year 2000,
there are about 4.8 million smoking-related premature deaths in
the US. Smoking increases the risk of at least 15 types of
cancer, including nasopharynx, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses,
lip, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, lung, oesophagus, pancreas,
uterine cervix, kidney, bladder, stomach and acute myeloid
leukaemia. Meanwhile, alcohol increases the risk of cancer
of mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, breast and liver cancers.
Both guys who consume more than two alcoholic drinks and females
who consume one alcoholic drink in a day have a higher chance to
contract those diseases.
There are scientific evidences showing that about one-third of
the cancer deaths in the US every year are due to unhealthy diet
and low physical activity. Studies estimated that diabetes will
increase more than double, from 5.6% in year 2005 to 12% in year
2050. Additionally, WHO estimated the number of overweight
people globally will increase to 2.3 billion by 2015, and at
least 700 million will be obese.
These indicate that the death statistics in relation to
lifestyle diseases are still increasing, continuously. In fact,
most of these diseases, including cancers, are caused by
avoidable factors which could be preventable (unhealthy diet,
lack of physical activity, stress, tobacco use, alcohol and drug