Obesity is a medical condition in which the patient has excess body fat accumulations which lead to health problems as well as reduced life expectancy. Over 10 million children and 65 million adults suffer from this problem in the US alone. It is, today, considered to be one of the leading causes of life-threatening diseases. In addition to the many related health risks, there are many ways in which obesity can change a person’s life.
High blood pressure:High blood pressure is the health problem that is almost directly linked to obesity. The blood pressure increases with age and weight gain. Recent studies have shown that obese patients have an increased blood volume as well as high arterial resistance. In the United States, high blood pressure is the main cause of death for people over the age of 25. Research has also show that losing at least 8 pounds can reduce the blood pressure to a safer level.
Diabetes: Suffering from diabetes will definitely change your life. Obese patients have a high insulin resistance. This resistance can lead to the Type 2 diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, 90% of patients suffering from diabetes, worldwide, have the Type 2 diabetes. Being obese or overweight increases the risk of diabetes since the cells become resistant to the effects of insulin. To reduce the risk, you should consider working hard to reduce your weight by 15 to 20 pounds. High cholesterol levels:The main cause of heart attacks is the high cholesterol level. Cholesterol is transported in the blood in 2 ways; low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL). The LDL takes the cholesterol to the body cells that require it whereas the HDL is the good cholesterol. When the LDL is high, your risk of a heart disease will increase by 20%. Cutting down your weight by 11 to 20 pounds can reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Infertility:Obesity changes the hormonal levels in women. This can result in ovarian failure. Statistically speaking, the risk of infertility is higher among women who are more than 15 pounds overweight. Being obese further increases the risk of suffering from ovarian cancer. Men are not spared either. Overweight men have a higher risk of having low sperm count and developing motility.
Back pain:Excess weight can injure the vulnerable parts of your spine. This leads to joint and back pain. Obesity will increase the risk of suffering from structural damage and spinal injury. You will also be at a higher risk of developing lower back pain, osteoporosis, arthritis as well as osteoarthritis.
Ulcers:The risk of gastric ulcers is increased by obesity. Gastric ulcers develop when an imbalance exists between the enzyme pepsin and the secreted hydrochloric acid. Obese men are at a higher risk than women when it comes to ulcers.
There are many more changes that obesity causes to one’s life. Some other noteworthy changes include increased fatigue, unable to fit in the clothes you love, developing gallstones and so much more. The key to avoiding these problems is to calculate your BMI (body mass index) often and work hard to be in the safe zone; 30kg per meter squared.