With summer just around the corner, you may be thinking it’s time to start losing weight. You’re not alone! Many people come to us this time of the year for help managing their weight. Losing weight is going to help you look and feel better, but that’s not the only reason to do it. Unfortunately many people believe that carrying extra pounds is not a major health risk. This simply is not true. Research has shown overweight and obese individuals have the potential to decrease life expectancy by up to eight years! If you care about your health, you need to care about maintaining a healthy weight. Here are some of the top reasons you should lose weight starting today!
1. Vital Organ Health
When you are overweight, it affects all vital organs; brain, kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. In losing weight you are protecting those organs. Your heart in particular is safer at a lower weight. You’ll have decreased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the United States for nearly 100 years and is a major cause of disability.
2. Joint Health
Carrying extra weight puts extra stress on your joints. Losing weight can mean less knee and foot pain, and can prevent knee, hip, and foot surgeries that come with years of wear and tear on your body. Weight loss can contribute to reduction in arthritis pain too. Obesity affects arthritis by putting excess stress on your joints and increasing inflammation which affects joint tissues.
3. Mental Health
Doctors have long known that obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but more and more research is showing obesity as a link to memory and concentration problems in general. Research has also shown that those who are obese are significantly more likely to report having been diagnosed with depression. Losing weight can help improve your mood, memory, and cognition.
4. Respiratory Health
Increased weight leads to decreased lung capacity. This can spiral into many respiratory problems. Sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and asthma are all exacerbated by excess weight. Studies show the prevalence of asthma is higher by 38% in overweight patients and 92% in obese patients. This correlates with greater need for asthma medication and more frequent emergency hospital visits.
5. Other Health Risks
Cancer – Being overweight or obese increases risk for many cancers including colon cancer and breast cancer.
Allergies – As we noted earlier, excess weight contributes to increased likelihood of asthma. Obesity may also be a contributor to the rising number of children with allergies, particularly food allergies. Researchers looking at data from the CDC have found obese children 26% more likely to have some form of allergy than children with normal weight.
Diabetes – Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with weight loss. Nearly 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
To sum up, losing weight can help you to live longer, think clearer, save money on medication and hospital visits, reduce aches and pains, prevent allergies, asthma and diabetes, and make you happier. So what are you waiting for? Let us help you manage your weight today so you can live a healthier and happier life! Give us a call or come in to schedule a weight loss consultation, or learn more about weight management here.