Obesity is one of the leading illnesses in the general population today.  When you hear about it, you will almost immediately consider being over weight and having diabetes associated to it.  There are lots of factors that may lead to obesity and acquiring diabetes, one of these is poor diet.  Having a poor diet makes the body weak and deprives it of the necessary vitamins and nutrients our body needs to stay fit and healthy.  When the body lacks these necessary nutrients and minerals it becomes susceptible to disease as the immune system weakens.  For instance, the lack of vitamin C may make you prone to flu and colds and the lack of vitamin A may lead to bleeding gums and weak eyesight.  But most of the time a poor diet involving overconsumption of fats, sugar, and cholesterol leads to obesity.

Another factor that may result to obesity is inactivity or the lack of physical activity.  Having insufficient amount of physical exercise to maintain fitness leads to weak bone and muscle tissues.  Most of the people who spend much of their time in the office and fail to exercise regularly tend to gain weight and become over weight.  Many of these individual become diabetic and are susceptible to heart problems due to a sedentary lifestyle.  Though diabetes is not strongly linked to diabetes; still, it is the most common to see overweight individuals get more complications because they acquire diabetes.  When there is less or insufficient physical activity, the body becomes weak and the muscles shrink.  The cardiovascular system becomes inefficient also due to clogged arterial wall.

However, the most significant factor that may lead to obesity is the familial history of the individual. If a person have brothers, sisters, and parents that are obese; he is likely to succumb to the same disease.  The genetic disposition of an individual plays a crucial role in becoming obese.  History in the family of being overweight is a strong determinant of becoming obese; but this is not really a 100% percent assessment that a person will definitely become obese in the long run.

Although your genes may dictate your chances of becoming obese, a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle put you in risk of becoming over weight which leads to diabetes and obesity.  It is important change the modifiable factors instead of the non-modifiable ones such as your genetic disposition.  Poor diet and inactivity can be easily changed by walking for 45 minutes to an hour in the park or in your neighborhood.  This will greatly improve metabolism and cardiovascular functions.  Starting a balanced diet will also help you stay fit and healthy thereby reducing the risk of obesity.