For some people eating a healthy diet conjures up images of unsubstantial meals consisting of lettuce and seeds, not suitable for growing and hardworking men, whilst for others eating healthily means filling their body with a variety of colourful and natural foods that provide energy and goodness and protect against disease.
Today, obesity is a problem in a large number of countries particularly in the Western world. Since the 1980's the number of obese people in the UK has tripled and today almost 60% of the population are either fat or obese. Even more worrying are the growing numbers of obese children in our society, as the majority of these children will grow up to be obese adults.
Obesity is caused, according to doctors and researchers, by an inactive lifestyle coupled with unhealthy eating patterns.
As more and more fast-food restaurants open and ready-made meals and unhealthy snacks fill our supermarket shelves, our society is rapidly growing in size, waist size.
As a large number of people are experiencing today, being overweight brings many problems, not only health problems but emotional issues also.
Overweight people are at a much higher risk of suffering some form of illness at some point in their life, usually a lot sooner than they expect. Health problems can range from backache, shortness of breath, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more recently studies have linked a poor diet to certain forms of cancer.
Not only this but many overweight people, children in particular, may be teased and bullied, which could lead to depression and low self-esteem. To make themselves feel better, they will turn to food for comfort and thus be stuck in a vicious cycle.
Even though a lot of people who do not eat healthily are not fat, they would still experience other effects of eating a poor diet. This could include rotting teeth from eating too many sugary sweets and drinks, mood swings, headaches, tiredness and lethargy, constipation, poor concentration, dull hair, skin and nails, osteoporosis, insomnia, and heart disease due to high levels of cholesterol in the blood amongst others.