Changes in lifestyle have always been the primary recommendation of medical practitioners to cure a number of diseases and disorders. Obesity is gradually becoming one of the common diseases that affects a large section of the population. A study conducted across seven cities in Europe shows that cycling could help in reducing the BMI, thus, preventing obesity. Hence, cycling has been recommended as a practical option to battle the problem of obesity across cities. Furthermore, an added advantage of cycling suggested by the researchers is the reduction in pollution levels of cities. The Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA) project points that daily cyclers weigh much lesser than non-cyclers of the same age group.
Basis of Results
The study has pointed that electric cycles should be discouraged and peddle bikes should be encouraged to ensure that people do enough physical work on a daily basis. The study has been published in the Environment International Journal and has pointed to key ways of bringing down the obesity index of cities. The study also showed an ascending order of BMI wherein cyclers had the lowest BMI while car drivers were seen to exhibit the highest BMI.
The research study considered around 2000 people in urban areas as a sample set to come to verifiable conclusions. It was found that people who shifted from cars to cycles for their daily commute underwent a reduction in their BMI; men had a greater decrease rate than women. The research has given a focal point the healthcare professionals and other experts who are engaged in improving the health standards of cities.
Millions of Americans are prey to the newest bad habit that seems to be worse than smoking. Long hours of sitting and sedentary lifestyles have led to a wide range of health issues in the U.S. Desk jobs, recreational activities such as watching TV, playing video games, and long hours of sitting is proving to be a fatal pastime. Thankfully, smoking is down to 17% at the moment from 42% in 1965 due to laws and regulations preventing smokers from lighting up at restaurants and other public places. However, the new habit of sitting is estimated to cause greater losses in the coming years.
Lack of Movement Gives Rise to a Range of Dangerous Diseases
Changing lifestyles that are best described by negligible walking are likely to cause a new range of preventable diseases amongst Americans. The biggest challenge created by doing nothing but sitting – as the commute is through vehicles, working is at desks, east and drinking is at tables, and then sleeping in bed – is obesity. The National Institutes of Health stated that obesity and being overweight leads to 300,000 deaths every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that though the deaths due to lung cancer have dropped by 2%, while the issue of obesity seems to be on the rise. By the end of 2015, about 20% of the adults were suffering from obesity.
In the wake of the aforementioned lifestyle changes, sedentary lifestyles, and subsequent obesity, the world is likely to see a rise in the cases of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer among others. Prolonged sitting is also expected to cause venous insufficiency, which causes blood to pool in legs. A lot of body’s functioning relies on the movement it receives. Thus, it is extremely important for people to keep walking or to incorporate exercise in daily routine in order to achieve healthier bodies that will function better over a long period of time.