The weight of the modern world: How our environment affects our health
The world we live in and the food we eat have dramatically changed over time. But our biology has largely stayed the same.
Food is everywhere. Tasty treats stare at you through shop windows. Soda adverts fill advertising billboards. And the local takeaway pumps air from the kitchen out onto the street – the smell of instant satisfaction.
We try to eat healthy food and we try to eat in moderation. But these triggers in our environment activate our desire to eat energy-rich food. So even though we’re not hungry, we get into the habit of picking up that extra soda or bagel.
We can’t always avoid these triggers in our wider environment. Instead, take a look at your immediate environment, such as your home or office. Research shows that even small changes can make a big difference and make weight management easier for you.
Below, we’ve put together a list with some great tips and tricks:
A last point is to think about the people who are close to you, like friends, family, and colleagues. They could be a source of support and may also benefit from the changes that you make to your environment.
Remember that no single solution is right for everyone. Some people might find it easier to be more active, and others might get really excited about meal prepping on the weekend. Either way, taking control of your immediate environment is one of the key elements to a successful weight management.