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Trouble Bending Over? Let’s Count the Reasons For Losing Weight!

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In the past two decades, our society has become more aware of the health risks of smoking. Now everybody knows that smoking can kill you, and as a result, tobacco use is on a decline in America. But did you know that being overweight or obese can subject you to serious health risks, even early death, and yet the country’s obesity rates are at an all-time high?

Part of the reason for the increased overweight and obesity population is that many people don’t know the facts about being overweight or obese. If you want to lose weight but can’t seem to muster up enough motivation to start a diet and exercise program, learning about the dangers and lifestyle limitations of these weight conditions can be the catalyst you need to gain control of your weight.

Health Reasons

Not only will losing weight improve your figure and boost your self-esteem, more importantly, it could save your life. There are a number of health risks that obese individuals are subject to. For instance, obesity has been linked to type 2 diabetes, as about 80 percent of people with this form of diabetes are obese.1

Obesity is also associated with increased risk of cancers of the breast, colon, uterus, cervix, kidneys, liver, stomach, and prostate, just to mention a few examples. A study by Calle et al. surveyed over 900,000 people over 16 years and concluded that obesity was the cause of 14 percent of cancer fatalities in the United States.

The most serious obesity health risk is heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.2  Obesity is also one of the leading causes of cardiac diseases.

For example, obesity increases your risk of chronic high blood pressure, which can damage your heart and narrow your blood vessels. People with an obese body mass index (30 or above) are almost twice as likely to get high blood pressure as those with a normal body mass index. Obesity also puts you at risk of high cholesterol levels, which can build up in the walls of your arteries and cause coronary heart disease. All of these conditions are major risk factors for heart disease and all of them can be caused by obesity.

But if you’re overweight or obese, that doesn’t mean you have no hope. On the contrary, getting and maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to increase your heart health and prolong your life. All you need to do is begin a diet and exercise program that will help you reduce your weight, so that you can live a longer, healthier life.

Lifestyle Issues

When thinking about the drawbacks of obesity, many only acknowledge the health risks and the cosmetic disadvantages, but the lifestyle limitations are often overlooked. Being overweight or obese can be a physically and emotionally taxing condition because it can keep you from enjoying many of life’s greatest gifts. It can prohibit you from doing activities with your kids, enjoying a long walk with your spouse, or working in the garden.

Those extra pounds can make daily tasks more physically demanding because the extra weight places more stress on your bones. This often causes overweight individuals to reduce the amount of physical activity they engage in. As a result, their heart begins to grow weaker due to lack of exertion. Hence, it becomes easier to get winded from even the smallest activities, like walking up the stairs. These factors contribute to the sedentary lifestyle that accompanies obesity.

A 2007 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that obese individuals are more than 40 percent more likely to have a functional disability—like not being able to bend over—than individuals of healthy weight. Researchers concluded that obese children and adolescents were more likely to have a functional disability than normal weight children and were more likely to undergo teasing from other children, all of which caused considerable emotional distress.  All of these things can cause physiological stress, feelings of guilt, and overall reduced quality of life. That is why studies have shown that unhealthy weight levels can lead to depression.

The good news is these lifestyle limitations are preventable and reversible with a good diet and exercise program. Studies have shown that weight loss improves physical wellness, produces greater energy and improves physical functioning.  It gives you self-confidence and improves self-esteem too. When you lose weight and maintain the weight loss, there is a feeling of true accomplishment.

Reaching a healthy weight range can change your life. It will give you greater health, happiness, and self-confidence. It will also lead to a more active, fulfilling lifestyle. Many people say it’s like getting a second chance at life. And it begins with a promise to yourself to adopt a healthy lifestyle. We encourage you to put in writing this promise to reach a healthy, sustainable weight and to read it daily as a source of motivation.

We also encourage you to write down the things that you want to be able to do once you’ve lost weight, whether it’s playing with your kids, fitting into your bathing suit, or going out dancing. These goals will be a constant reminder that losing weight is about leading a healthier, happier life.



 References

1 Cassel, Dana K. & Gleaves, David H. (2006). The Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders.New York: Facts on File.

2 Leading Causes of Death. (2011, May 23). Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm

3 Alley, D. & Chang, V. (2007). The Changing Relationship of Obesity and Disability, 1988-2004. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2020-2027.

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