Obesity On the Rise
As statistics would show, obesity in America and across the globe has been on the rise over the past years. With obesity comes the risk of facing health issues that can lead to serious complications and even death.
There is a multitude of causes that can lead to obesity which includes genetics, work environment, and dietary habits. For some, it is highly difficult to battle obesity due to lack of time, resources, and guidance. And for these people, it is important to understand the risks associated with being obese. Let’s go over some of the health risks tied to obesity to better paint a picture of what the world is facing on a growing scale.
When overweight, you run the risk of developing sleep apnea, a breathing condition that can cause you to briefly stop breathing while asleep. It can cause daytime sleepiness as well as increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Weight loss has been shown to often improve sleep apnea, providing individuals with better sleep and more alertness during the day.
Being overweight or obese can cause type 2 diabetes if the issue is not addressed.
Losing weight, maintaining a balanced diet, getting good sleep, and exercising regularly can greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Heart Disease & Stroke
Issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke are risks faced by those who are overweight.
Losing weight and getting closer to a healthy range can greatly reduce these risks.
Those who are obese face the risk of cancers which include:
- Colon cancers
- Breast cancer (after menopause)
- kidney cancer
- Esophagus cancer
- Ovary cancer
Thes forms of cancer can all be avoided through proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
When overweight, it is possible that individuals may also suffer from gout, a disease which affects the joints due to too much uric acid in their blood. The risk of gout increases with weight and it can occur in flare-ups with sudden fluctuations in weight. (Read about how bariatric surgery may fight gout here)
When carrying excess weight, it is possible that pain in the knee, hip, or back can occur due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the cartilage, which cushions the joints, is worn down. Some long-term complications include:
- Bowed-legged stance due to loss of cartilage
- Bony spurs along the spine (leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in parts of the body)
As weight is loss and pressure is removed from these areas, the stress and pain can be reduced.
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