The elevated cholesterol level risks of being obese

Most people are mindful of the hazards that being over weight can present. The majority of us have been given facts on how being overweight can badly harm our bodies. Much of the information regarding overweight and poor health typically revolves about the danger to internal organs. And when we speak about internal bodily functions, on the list of major risks in being over weight is the development of high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a major part of adipose in the blood. It is carried by proteins, a kind of which is referred to as low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Low-density lipoproteins are commonly known as bad cholesterol due to its correlation with blood vessel disorders. The more bad cholesterol you have in your blood, the more you at risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, such as cardiac illnesses and cerebrovascular accident.

High LDL levels can be an inherited trait, but are more likely to be brought about by diet. People who eat foods heavy in saturated fats in particular are more inclined to have higher LDL levels than people who consume only moderate or small amounts of saturated fats. Despite the fact that having excess weight does not automatically mean you get it from fatty foods, after a while continuous consumption of these foods will result to weight gain. And it doesn’t matter if the cause of weight gain is from fatty foods or not, those who are fat usually have more bad cholesterol than their slimmer counterparts.

Overweight people often don’t have enough HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or what is referred to as good cholesterol and their triglycerides are often too high. They may also have an abundance of bad cholesterol. In addition, being overweight raises the chances of getting hypertension and diabetes, which are both linked with cardiac problems.

People who are obese are suggested to have their cholesterol levels checked, and for them to stay on a healthy diet, more exercise, and to take anti-bad cholesterol medicines.

Weight loss if you are fat can reduce bad cholesterol levels and is particularly vital to those who have high levels of triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol, and those whose waist measurements are bigger than 40 inches for males and bigger than 35 inches for females.

Pursue weight loss if necessary. Losing just 5 lbs to 10 lbs (2.3 kg to 4.5 kg) can lower your cholesterol and triglycerides. Weight loss can prevent hypertension as well.

Daily exercise is advised to everybody. It can help raise HDL and lower LDL and is especially important for those with high triglyceride and/or low HDL levels.

Your body weight is decided by a combination of factors as well, such as your diet and your lifestyle. Being too fat might possibly encourage heart and circulatory problems when your body mass index is more than what is normal; 32% for females and 25% for males.

Putting on the weight thanks to bulkier muscles caused by weight-lifting and eating plenty of protein foods does not necessarily lead to cholesterol issues, always provided that these are lean proteins.

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How to Deal With Being Overweight and Your Low Self-Esteem


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The mental effects of carrying excess weight – and obesity – can often be disastrous. People with weight issues are often made fun of by others whose weight is considered ‘normal’. Jokes poking fun at overweight and obese people are common in our society. They often have to put up with a tirade of abuse and pyschological barbs in addition to not so subtle social denigrations. Because of this, they sometimes suffer from poor self-esteem and can feel inadequate. And to make things worse, they are looked upon as the source of their own problems.

Every day social situations are , or can be, embarrassing for those who are obese. Appearing in a beach or at public pools, because they wear clothes that are more revealing, tends to be an unpleasant occasion. If an overweight person decides to play competitive sports he will often undergo the disgrace of being the last ones chosen for teams.

Quite often, in school, obese or overweight children perform poorer academically than ‘normal’ weight peers and have lower grade point averages. As young men and women, many times there is more difficulty gaining acceptance into college and securing jobs and future promotions. Hardly surprising, then, that such life experiences tend to lead to poor self esteem and self-confidence. So starts a cycle of social isolation, emotional withdrawal, depression, inactivity, more overeating, and further weight gain.

The distortion of body image and overall body discontent suffered by obese and overweight people are sometimes implicated in the growth of negative self-worth, so may act as risk factors toward depression not to mention abnormal eating patterns. One’s body image may be affected and partly caused by cultural values and beliefs regarding beauty and attractiveness.

Needless to say, there are some very simple things an obese or overweight person could do to improve his/her self-esteem. For starters they could seek advice from their medical doctor to determine how significant the problem is, or if there really is a problem at all. People vary and some of those who seem to be heavy whencompared to friends and family may just be within a normal range for themselves.

They should reduce the amount of TV watching. Not surprisingly, there’s a link between being overweight and watching television. The average person watches at least¬† 3¬† hours of television every day, and guess what is the item most commonly featured product on TV? Food. So guess the most likely thing people do when watching TV? They eat food. Watching TV should be limited to a reasonable time, say a couple of hours, every day, as a maximum. In fact, television watching could be done while using home exercise equipment like treadmills and stationary bikes.

Those who are overweight must shoulder the responsibility to shield themselves from the harm, physical and pyschological brought about by being obese. By establishing patterns of healthy eating and exercising sensibly, they can conquer the challenge of being overweight, so that they can live and enjoy life and not be weighted down by being larger than the ‘normal’ size.

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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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