Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Danger of Obesity


A few years ago I was overweight, well technically I was obese. I was actually still fairly fit, but I did not look good. I remember I wanted to lose weight to look better and be fitter. However, I never really thought about my actual health when looking to get in shape. I truly believe that this is a common thought process of many people who are overweight and obese and that many people do not think of what this is doing to their health.

Obesity stats and facts

According to British government reports, obesity levels are a major concern in this country. Studies show that almost one in four adults, and over one in ten children (ages 2-10) are obese. Forecasts from 2007 suggest that if no action is taken at government level, by 2050 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children would be obese.

Statistics also suggest that obesity and overweight levels increase by age, so it is important that we are aware of this as we grow older and ensure that we do not get caught in the same trap as many before.

The Dangers of Being Overweight and Obese

There are a number of dangers that are directly associated with being obese and overweight, and our health can be extremely affected if we are not at a healthy weight.

According to studies, a moderate amount of excess fat (which is considered to be between 10 and 20 pounds for an average person) increases the risk of death.

People who are obese have an increased risk of premature death from ALL causes, compared to those who are at a healthy weight. This is due to the body being weaker and less able to defend against what the world can throw at us.

Obesity is also linked to an increased risk of cardio-vascular diseases such as high cholesterol and strokes.

Being overweight and obese MAY increase the risk of many forms of cancer. Strong evidence shows a link with obesity and colon cancer, endometrial cancer and breast cancer. Science has not shown HOW obesity increases risks of cancer but it has shown strong evidence that losing weight can help to prevent many cancers.

Being overweight increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Almost 90% (according to Everyday Health) of type diabetics are overweight. Losing weight can, therefore, help to manage and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Psychological issues can also be developed if we are overweight or obese. This may include self esteem issues, confidence problems and even depression. Being obese can also lead to bullying and discrimination, which can also help to have an effect on us in a psychological manner.

So, while I would suggest that often people look to other reasons for wanting to lose weight, there are so many health issues that need to be addressed also. Not only will losing weight help us to look and feel better, we will be saving our body from so much more in terms of health risks. We really must sort our diets out and start exercising to get in great shape for our health as much as anything else.

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