I found this data while doing a bit of research on the health effects of obesity on the human body. To anybody overweight who is not serious about getting healthy, this should act as a wake-up call to arms. Below are the 20 health risks associated with obesity that come directly from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (with the exception of #13, which I added from personal experience):
- Premature death
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Osteoarthritis or degeneration of cartilage and bone in joints
- Sleep apnea
- Breathing problems
- Various forms of cancer, including endometrial, colon, kidney, gallbladder; and postmenopausal breast cancer
- High blood cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Complications of pregnancy
- Menstrual irregularities
- Hirsutism or presence of excess body or facial hair
- Stress incontinence meaning urine leakage caused by weak pelvic-floor muscles
- Increased surgical risk
- Psychological disorders such as depression
- Psychological difficulties due to social stigmatization
Think about how many issues can come up in your life that are completely unpreventable, and now review the list of items.
Now imagine I told you I had a pill that could dramatically reduce your risk of ever experiencing these issues in your lifetime. Would you be interested in obtaining that pill? What would you pay or do to get it off of me? Guess what — you already have that pill. It’s the knowledge that reducing your weight to healthy levels can provide the same benefits as the proverbial pill I just wrote about.
Lower your risks by taking the step to make a change. Change your relationship with food, exercise and healthy living. Nothing can taste as good as feeling healthy feels. To walk up a flight of stairs and not be winded. To play with your kids until their energy runs out and not yours. Isn’t this what life is about and not how a burger tastes.
It takes but one step in the right direction. Find a program that is going to work for you. That is going to help you achieve your weight loss goal. Weight Watchers is working for me. Check it out and see if it will work for you. Just make sure you are looking into a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix diet that usually leads back to gaining all the weight back and then some. You want to learn to make the right eating choices and be more active. Talk to your doctor, they are a great source of information and know your history. They can point you in the right direction in lowering your health risk.