Scary Health Implications of Being Overweight

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

*increased blood pressure levels

* Hypercholesterolemia (elevated cholesterol levels)

* Joint and knee problems

* Knee replacement surgery

* gastro-intestinal problems

* social struggles

* Low self-esteem

Being overweight is a major risk factor for a number of chronic diseases. 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 accidents that could result in having 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 people, 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 body mass index is another important indicator of heart disease risk. Strive to maintain your body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9 for optimal health.

Excess weight can place additional force on your joints, particularly on your knees, hips, and lower back. Because of this extra pressure, the cartilage, which is the tissue that cushions and protects the joints, gradually wears away, causing a form of arthritis known as osteoarthritis. Over the years, the damage to the joint may be so extensive that the joint must be replaced surgically.

This type of injury is lasting and irreversible. Tendinitis, or swelling of the tendons, is also widespread among those who are overweight. 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. Losing weight can also ease the aching and swelling caused by osteoarthritis.

Now if a person is overweight the excessive fat in the abdominal cavity increases the pressure inside 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 usually don’ t think much of themselves. Low self-esteem can affect many different aspects of health and behaviour such as social adjustment, activity engagement, and goal direction. Being picked-on is a very cruel thing and it can severely hurt the self-esteem.

People who are overweight know they have a problem. They understand that their figure or shape is not what it is supposed to be. They also know that they eat more than they should.

The problem is that they may not know how to stop this conduct. Food consoles them. They might consider themselves useless since they cannot overcome their weight issues.

But then, they might not have the necessary equipment and the much needed encouragement. They might be around people who have no problems with their weight and really cannot understand or relate to what they are going through.

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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