International Physiology Journal

International Physiology Journal

International Physiology Journal

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Why Physiologically Cold weather can Increase Obesity Rates ?

1PhD in Sport Science, Department of Sport Science, Teesside University, UK


Obesity generally accounts for a pathophysiology condition at which excessive body fats get accumulated in body parts. Among different - causes, ambient temperature such as cold environment can dramatically develop obesity in different individual. Cold weather influences the hormones that are related to the hunger and increases appetite toward overeating and subsequently inactivity . Controlling the calorie intakes through informative care are good strategies to prevent or govern obesity at any situation such as cold temperature

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Received 15 Dec 2018; Accepted 15 Dec 2018; Published 16 Dec 2018;

Copyright ©  2018 Nasim Habibzadeh

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Nasim Habibzadeh (2018) Why Physiologically Cold weather can Increase Obesity Rates ?. International Physiology Journal - 2(1):11-13.

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DOI 10.14302/issn.2578-8590.ipj-18-2548


Obesity generally is a major epidemic concern across countries. Obesity generally accounts for a pathophysiology condition at which excessive body fats get accumulated in different parts of body. Obesity can be hereditary (or genetics) or can induce in short or long-term in many ways 1. There are six different types of obesity (Figure 1).

Figure 1.Types of obesity
 Types of obesity

Being obese or overweight dramatically increase the risk of variety illnesses and health problems. Obesity enhance risks of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertensions, heart diseases, stroke and diabetes Miletus. Certain forms of cancers are the outcomes of being obese or overweight. Extra weight in obese people increase the risk of the arthritis and bone fractures. There is greater possibility of falls during perturbation in obese individual. Obesity can lead to the mental health and depressions too 2, 3, 4.

These aforementioned illness are non-fatal difficulties of obesity which cause high level of economical burdens across globs 5. Obesity is associated with high risk of morbidity and all-cause mortality in large perspective every year. In fact ,obese individual are at higher risk of early death than other underweight or normal body weight counterparts 6.

Sedentary life styles can significantly increase the states of being overweight or obese. Obese people are not interested to move much and do not perform any exercise or even leisure - physical activity at each day. They are strong TV viewers and consume different types of fast or sweet foods without having any bad feeling about the amount of foods which they actually eat 7.

Among different causes of obesity, the ambient temperature such as cold environment is one major factor. Cold weather influences the hormones that are related to the hunger and appetite and impacts overall metabolite rates. Cold weather exposures increase the energy expenditures or energy intakes that caused to an increased appetite toward overeating to preserved the body energy level. Cold temperature enhance the desire of consuming more sweet foods such as cakes, chocolate and may different type of desert that could significantly affect weight gain is short - term 8, 9. Cold weather also can cause kind of sedentary lifestyle for whom do not hold any specific social position. Thus, some people prefer to stay in cozy and warmer environment in accordance the condition which they have rather than being outside and to stay more active.

Nonetheless, preventive strategies such as performing some simple exercise like 10-15 minutes moderate walking even at home and governing the energy intakes can be effective approaches to prevent or control obesity. Different types of nuts, fruits and vegetables are good substitutes for sweet foods and notably reduce the desire of using other fast - food products. Controlling the calorie intakes through a balanced diet by increasing of the general information about different diets and foods from various social media or other sources like dieticians is another good procedures to prevent obesity at any conditions and in cold ambient in particular.


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