Why should I lose weight?
Carrying around extra pounds can be detrimental to your health. If you are considering starting a healthy eating and exercise plan or you have fallen off your diet, this article may motivate you to get in gear.
What Extra Weight Can Do to Your Body
- Carrying around excess body fat will decrease your energy level. Having just 10 lbs. of excess body fat is like carrying around a 10 lb. bag of lard.
- Your heart has to work overtime to support more of you. Obesity has a harmful effect on your entire cardiovascular system. Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and all your blood vessels like arteries and veins.
- You may develop breathing problems. For example, sleep apnea is a breathing problem that causes you to stop breathing for short instances during sleep.
- Extra weight will take a toll on your joints. Obesity has also been linked to Gout.
- Women can develop problems with their reproductive system including infertility.
- Type 2 Diabetes has been linked to obesity.
- Extra weight will put you at a higher risk for certain types of cancer. Obese men have a higher risk of developing colon, rectum, or prostate cancer. Obese women have a higher risk of developing gallbladder, breast, uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer.
- Being overweight may have an effect on your self-esteem that, in turn, will have a negative effect on your overall health.
Assessing Your Risk
Body Mass Index or BMI is an estimate of your total body fat. You can see a charts for calculating BMI here: http://www.nutricounter.com/articles/bmi.htm
Weight loss is recommended if your BMI is over 30.
Weight loss is recommended if your BMI is 25 - 30 and you also have two or more of the following risk factors:
- If you're a man, a waist circumference of over 40 inches.
- If you're a woman, a waist circumference of over 35 inches.
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- High blood glucose
- Family history of premature heart disease
- Physical inactivity
- Cigarette smoking
By the above standards, if you think you need to lose weight, you should see your health care provider for a more accurate assessment.
- Calculating Body Mass Indix (BMI)