For years many people felt that being overweight – and worrying about maintaining a healthier weight – was, primarily, an appearance issue. Some even though that being worried about their weight was a bit shallow or vain. Did fitting into a size 12 dress rather than a size 14, or into 38 waist trousers instead of 41 really have to be such a big deal?
However, these days we know a little better. Being overweight is not healthy. Being overweight to the point where you can be considered obese is definitely unhealthy and even potentially life threatening in terms of your health. But although you no doubt have heard it all before you may still be wondering what specific health risks medical science has been able to pinpoint as being directly related to obesity.
Fact Obesity Linked to Serious Illness
What Science Says About Obesity and Health.
There have been a huge number of studies conducted into the effects of obesity on health over the last several years and there are a large number still ongoing. And while some are still in the early stages others have been properly peer reviewed (a benchmark in the scientific community for study validation) and are being considered accurate and deserving of our serious attention. Here’s a little about some of the biggest links associated with obesity that are now thought of as very real.
Fact Obesity Linked to Serious Illness
High Cholesterol – Cholesterol is a substance that is naturally present in the lipids in the human bloodstream and, to a certain extent, it’s essential to life. Elevated levels of the stuff is not a good thing, especially when it comes to the risk of heart disease. While some instances of high cholesterol can also be related to genetics and hereditary traits a poor diet, lack of exercise and a weight level that can be considered obese are often the real culprits.
Type 2 Diabetes – Unlike Type 1 diabetes, which usually develops in children and is unrelated to weight, Type 2 diabetes is a condition, usually one that appears in adulthood, that can be heavily linked to its onset. Weight loss and an improved diet have been shown to prevent that and even improve the outlook for those already suffering from it. Unfortunately, because obesity rates are rising all over the world so are the instances of Type 2 diabetes, even in children.
Hypertension – Also known as high blood pressure hypertension can be the result of higher stress levels. However, it is now more commonly linked to being overweight. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease but it is often hard to detect without testing as it often presents no real symptoms. That’s why that annual check up is so important for everyone too by the way.
Gallbladder Disease – Although very highly treatable if caught quickly enough, gallbladder disease is not pleasant and it can be very serious if left untreated. Two big components in the development of gallbladder disease are high cholesterol and a greater body fat percentage. Recent figures sadly suggest that a little over 25% of those considered obese will develop gallstones and require surgery as a result in their lifetime. There is also some evidence that obesity can increase the risk of gallbladder cancer.
Breathing Problems – Although weight is far from the only cause of breathing problems such as asthma or sleep apnea it is increasingly a contributing factor and excess weight will certainly make these conditions worse.
Cancers – The definitive science to link obesity with cancer is still in its earlier stages. However, it is with quite a lot of confidence that it is now being linked to the development of uterine, ovarian, cervical, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.
We know that maintaining a healthy weight can be a struggle, but it really is an effort worth taking seriously, and for far better reasons than just fitting into that new dress or pair of jeans.
Therefore take not of the Fact Obesity Linked to Serious Illness and make plans today to get your weight under control or speak to your FastPulse nurse for further help.