There may be more risks associated with obesity than you think. According to a recent poll by the Associated Press, only a few people knew a majority of the risks associated with obesity. Even scarier, about one quarter of people think it’s possible for someone to be very overweight (i.e., obese) and still be healthy!
Most people know that being obese has serious health consequences, including heart disease and diabetes. But other consequences aren’t so well known. For example, only 7 percent of people surveyed mentioned cancer, although doctors have long known that weight increases lead to higher risks of many cancers including colon, breast, prostate, and uterus cancers.
Obesity also takes a toll on your joints, since your limbs have to support that extra weight. This is especially troubling because it leads to a downward health spiral. Joint pain makes it harder to exercise and lose weight, which in turn, leads to higher weight and that causes additional joint pain.
Other issues related to obesity include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes and infertility. All of these health issues can be made worse by extra pounds, mainly because they are each enhanced by exercise which is more difficult for overweight people. Sleep apnea and asthma symptoms can also be improved by lowering a person’s weight.
These are all health issues related to obesity, but there are significant economic issues too. Overweight people tend to have much higher medical bills, more visits to the doctor’s office, and they also tend to live shortened lives.
On the other side of the discussion is the knowledge that fully 80 percent of our health issues are a result of the lifestyle choices we make each day, while only 20 percent are a result of genetics. If that isn’t enough knowledge for you to start eating healthy and exercising to avoid gaining weight, I don’t know what is!
Remember, healthy choices each day can transform families for generations! What choices will you make today?
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You may also want to read: We Need a Plan to Combat Obesity, Childhood Obesity: Today’s Health Challenge, Americans Love Their Processed Food