One may think that living around things of convenience would make our lives healthier, although ironically, the effect of modern lifestyle is quite the opposite. Sedentary work culture and urban lifestyle is not at all conducive to health and pushes us to do unhealthy things that do more damage than good to our bodies.
The new definition of normal is driving to work every day, have a hectic 9-12 hour long day at work, deal with other hassles related to bills, loans, and rent deadlines, salaries to be paid, maintenance of the house, that you never get to use because you are always at work. Needless to say, this “modern lifestyle” is not conducive to health at all.
Some problems caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices:
- Obesity: Obesity is a modern epidemic, now popularly known as Globesity, with its presence rapidly increasing all over the world in the past two decades. This severe public health crisis has is largely caused by consuming a lot of empty calories and increased activity from spending too much time in front of screens.
- Cardiovascular disease: Modern lifestyle definitely takes a toll on our hearts. Individuals at the risk of cardiovascular diseases may also demonstrate obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and stress. Heart diseases are largely attributed to poor lifestyle habits, including poor diet, lack of exercise, consumption of alcohol and high stress.
- Acidity and gastrointestinal issues: Excessive consumption of junk food, guzzling carbonated sugary drinks and not concentrating on the food or drink while consuming it, all contribute to disrupting the pH balance and natural flora of the gut, resulting in bloating, acidity, and other gastrointestinal disorders.
- Impatience, Anxiety, Stress: Today’s supercharged lifestyle filled with a constant bombardment of notifications of emails, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn, we are forced to make split-second decisions every few minutes, every day. This in addition to long work weeks, inadequate and irregular sleep, traffic jams and pollution can be extremely stressful.
- High blood pressure: Due to poor eating and drinking habits, most millennials, i.e. people in the age group of 25- 40 years of age, have more alarmingly high consumption sodium and caffeine. Also, recreational drug and alcohol intakes, all add to the chances of high blood pressure among young adults.