How does being overweight affect your health?

Weighing too much could increase your risk for developing various health problems. If you are overweight, you may be at risk for:

*increased blood pressure levels

* high cholesterol

* arthritis

* Knee replacement surgery

* Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

* Social issues

* inferiority complex

Over Weight Woman at Beach
Over Weight Woman at Beach

Weighing too much is one of the biggest causes of several health problems. Even a small reduction in body weight can decrease your chances of developing the most common chronic disorders as you get older. If you already have a health problem, losing weight can help you manage your condition. In some disorders, weight loss can help reduce and even eliminate the need for medication.

Hypertension is one of the main causes of cerebrovascular accident that could result to an enduring medical problem and loss of life. You can reduce your risk of developing hypertension and hypercholesterolemia if you keep your weight within a healthy range. However, you also need to know where your body stores fat. If you are like most men, your body stores fat around the abdomen, and a large amount of abdominal fat raises your likelihood of developing heart disease. Working out regularly is a sure-fire way of losing belly fat. And if your waistline is over 40 inches, you are more at risk of having hypertension. Your BMI is also a significant guide in determining your likelihood of developing cardiac problems. Strive to maintain your body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9 for optimal health.

And also, excess weight can place additional force on your joints, particularly your knees, hips, and lower back. Due to this added load, the cartilage, which pads and supports the joints slowly wears down resulting to osteoarthritis. In the long run, the harm done on the joint can be massive that there will be a need to operate on it and change it. This damage is permanent and cannot be reversed. Inflammation of the tendons, called tendinitis, is another common problem in overweight people. Tendons, particularly the Achilles tendon that extends from the calf to the heel, could swell and get irritated even just from walking. Losing weight decreases the stress on your joints and tendons and reduces wear and tear. Weight loss also may reduce the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis.

And, being overweight means the extra fat in the stomach area adds strain in it. This causes the contents of the stomach to travel up into the gullet. Loss of weight reduces stomach acid reflux.

Those who are fat acquire unconstructive impressions of themselves. Lack of self confidence could have an effect on facets of health and conduct like social changes, interests, and the way towards reaching their objective. Getting ridiculed is extremely nasty and it could harshly wound one’s sense of worth.

People who are overweight know they have a problem. They realize that their bodies are not the size they would like them to be. They also know that they eat more than they should.

The trouble is that they might not be well-informed about preventing this conduct. Food consoles them. These people may label themselves as losers for not being able to conquer their weight problem.

But then, they might not have the necessary equipment and encouragement. They may be surrounded by family and friends who do not have weight issues and who just do not get it.

These are only a small number of ways that excess weight can harmfully influence the well-being of a person. The good news is that society is becoming increasingly aware of the problem of being overweight and how to get help for it.

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