Nearly forty percent of the US population is affected by obesity, and the numbers continue to grow.
- These people have a much greater risk of developing serious medical issues.
These health problems threaten nearly every part of the body. Being overweight increases the risk of stroke and directly affects mental health, frequently leading to depression, poor self-esteem and issues with body image. Because of fat stored around the neck, the airway is diminished, making it hard to breathe at night. Plus, obesity forces the heart to work harder which often results in high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke. Obesity increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with the body’s cells becoming resistant to insulin. Type 2 diabetes, a condition where the blood sugar is too high, has been linked to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and blindness. Combining high blood pressure, high cholesterol and excess body fat frequently results in hardened arteries which raises the threat of heart attack and stroke. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, gallstones, liver disease, deteriorating bone density and difficulty getting pregnant are just a few of the many problems and concerns associated with obesity. It’s possible to treat obesity with a combination of diet and exercise. A lifestyle change, with a focus on better health and more physical activity, is necessary. Reducing weight by just 5 to 10% can decrease the risk of developing serious health problems. It’s a good idea to consult with a doctor about safe changes and achieving a better way of life. Nutritional counselling can be extremely helpful, both educating and establishing a nutritious meal plan. A personal trainer provides one-on-one fitness training for a regimen customized to better motivate and targeted at the individual’s goals.