Should you lose weight? Is obesity really a big problem and how exactly does being overweight affect your heart? Let’s have a look at some of the data and reasons why obesity is an issue.
Around the world, obesity has reached or is close to reaching what may be called epidemic proportions. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese Americans continues to rise with some 30 percent of adults over age 20, which is more than 60 million people, being classed as obese.
Obese being defined as 30 pounds overweight and have a BMI, or body mass index (a measure of body fat), of more than 30.
Regardless of how you look at it, Obesity Is steadily On The Rise and the time to lose weight is now!
One of the goals of USA’s National Institutes of Health is to reduce obesity among adults by more than half by the year 2025. Unfortunately evidence seems to show that that the situation is getting worse. With rising rates of childhood obesity, life expectancy for the average American could decrease by two to five years over the next few decades unless major efforts are made to slow down these ever-increasing levels of obesity.
We are not much better here in the UK. In 2019, 36% of the adult population were overweight and 28% were obese.
Obesity and heart problems.
Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease and other serious health complications. For example:
- Obesity is a known factor that contributes to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Having these disorders at the same time is a condition called metabolic syndrome, which can lead to an increased risk for heart disease and kidney disease, both conditions to be avoided if at all possible!
- High blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease, is twice as common in obese adults than in those who are in the healthy weight range.
- And another unpleasant factor in obesity is that it may lead to arthritis, which is caused by stress on your joints.
A Likely Trigger For Heart Disease
Obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are a common grouping of risk factors for people with heart disease. Managing all these risk factors will help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
What You Can Do Today
There are many things you can do to get your weight under control and to help manage your risk for heart disease:
- Develop a diet and exercise plan that you feel is realistic and that you can maintain.
- Talk to your doctor about medicines that may help control your risk factors for heart disease. If you are prescribed medicines, take them exactly as directed and for as long as your doctor recommends.
- Resolve to make this year a healthier one now, by setting a weight-loss goal and sticking with it.
So you now know some more facts about obesity and why keeping your weight down will help reduce the negative factors you may personally experience from being obese. Has this inspired you to lose weight?
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