Overweight and Underactive - A Dangerous Health Risk

If you can't figure out why you are overweight, there may be two things directly related to it.

The first thing is that you may have an ongoing problem with self discipline. Losing weight won’t be easy if you've lost control of your food intake!

The other thing working against you is that you have probably given into a deadly combination of overeating and not moving enough. Whatever the cause however, failed health is almost always the consequence!

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Everybody has a certain amount of flexibility when it comes to weight. To be healthy however, you must keep your weight within healthy ranges. However, if your weight is outside a healthy weight, there can be significant dangers for your health.

The degree in which your weight surpasses the range is key in determining if you are considered to be overweight or obese. Weighing more than 20 percent more than your specified weight describes obese. Being less than 20 percent outside the range (>25 BMI), is considered to be overweight. Both conditions are considered to be health risks and pose multiple health hazards. Losing even a small amount (5 - 10 percent) of your extra weight helps lower your risks and helps increase a healthy body chemistry.

It's a simple fact that if you want to change something, you have got to get REAL. Once you figure out which types of foods are contributing to your weight problems, you will need to break bad habits to lose any appreciable weight.

People used to have to work long hours to prepare the foods they consumed. Today, they've given into the 'grab and go' mentality and pack food down just to get the meal 'out of the way'. Instead of actually thinking about healthier food options, people are spending time hurrying through life without thinking about the long-term consequences of their actions.

If you want to lose weight, you need to take stock of your reality! You must find the time to go shopping so you have healthier types of foods to fix at home. If you're not a good cook, why not try taking a cooking class to help you learn healthier cooking methods? Home cooked meals are so much more rewarding to your physical and mental state!

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Health Risks of Being Overweight

  • Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability for both men and women in the United States.

    People who are overweight are more prone to have high blood pressure, which causes a big strain on their heart. It also leaves them susceptible to heart disease and stroke.

    The link between excessive weight and a higher risk of heart disease if found in how the body responds to an increase in fat. The body constantly strives to maintain steady levels of water, protein, fat, and carbohydrates, along with minerals and vitamins. When there is an increase in fat, sodium levels also increase, along with cholesterol, triglycerides, and fats found in the bloodstream.

    Naturally, this rise means that HDL (good) cholesterol is then replaced by LDL (bad) cholesterol, which can increase risks for coronary heart disease and heart attacks.

    An increase in fat on the body also contributes to angina (chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart) and sudden death from heart disease or stroke, without any signs or symptoms.

    Simply reducing your weight by 10 percent can make a tremendous difference and improve blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels!

  • You are twice as likely to develop Type II diabetes when you're overweight. People with any type of diabetes have a very hard time controlling blood sugar, which leaves them at risk for early death, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and even blindness.

    You can reduce your health risks by losing real appreciable weight and by exercising more, which helps control blood sugar levels. This positive chain of events may make it possible for your doctor to decrease the amount of medication you need or eliminate it altogether.

  • There's a variety of gender oriented cancers associated with being obese. For men, it's cancer of the colon, rectum, and prostate. For women, it's cancer of the gallbladder, cervix, uterus, ovaries, breasts, and colon.

    But why?

    According to recent studies, the associations between being overweight and increased cancer risks is due to hormonal changes. When there's an increase of body weight, fat tissue can offset the body's natural hormonal balance, which creates an ideal host for tumors. The location of the fat is also a consideration. For example, someone with extra abdominal fat is more prone to cancer of the colon and esophageal cancer.

    One recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that all forms of cancer have a higher frequency in people with a higher body mass index. Furthermore, they have a lowered chance of surviving it. Fifteen percent of all cancer deaths are also associated with being overweight.

    At present, it is unknown if an increased risk for cancer of the colon or breast is due to a high-fat/high-calorie diet or to the extra weight.

  • People who snore and/or have sleep apnea are twice as likely to be heavy. Sleep apnea is a special concern because the body stops breathing for short spurts of time. The condition may also cause daytime fatigue and may even cause heart failure. The risks exacerbate with increased weight gain. Weight loss can dramatically improve sleep apnea.

  • Joint problems (osteoarthritis) is a very common problem for anyone whose been packing on the pounds. Increased weight puts extra pressure on joints that carry your weight like the knees, hips, and lower back. This pressure continues to wear away cartilage that cushions and normally protects joints. Losing weight also decreases the symptoms.

  • Gallstones and gallbladder disease is a serious side effect of being obese. Risks increase as weight gain increases. At this time, its unclear how carrying around extra fat contributes to the disease but it is prevalent. The risk of developing gallstones is seven times higher for overweight people than it is for people of an average weight.

    Rapid weight loss can also increase the risks so it's best to lose weight slowly over time. This slow decrease of weight is far less likely to cause gallstones.

    Advances in technology were made to give us more time to spend on other things. Instead they've only made us fatter and lazier. Microwaves, drive through services, and processed foods are conveniences that only expedite weight gain. The more hurried you feel, the less likely you are to make healthy choices!

    Most people today complain that life is way too complicated. One way to make things easier on yourself is to lose the weight that increases your health risks. Eating is a natural part of life but overeating is not. Being overweight is not normal either. Take a good look at the way you deal with food, learn from the mistakes you've made, and never take your health for granted. A happier healthier person is inside you just waiting to wake up!

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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