Obesity today is a lot more than just being overweight. It has become somewhat of an epidemic that is ignored by many and at the top of the list of concerns for others.
In news report on Dec. 2 from the Huffington Post there is a difference between the numbers of people affected in one state to another as well as one country from another. Culture has a lot to do with eating habits and how they devise what is or isn’t a healthy lifestyle.
Obesity, childhood obesity and being overweight are major contributors to chronic diseases. This is a concern for everyone and a public challenge to overcome. Some of the diseases, conditions and illnesses that pose a higher risk to those who are overweight or obese are: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal reflux issues, increased levels of estrogen, elevated cholesterol levels, higher triglyceride levels, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
When a person is serious about weight management and wants to provide themselves with a healthier lifestyle by losing weight there are many benefits such as: lower blood sugar levels, reduced glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1C) levels, decreased triglyceride levels, reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes, makes it easier for the body to retain a normal blood pressure reading, reduces the need for blood pressure, blood sugar and lipid medications. It can also improve ones LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.
People who are doing all they can to control obesity and working towards weight loss will also save money in the long run. Most individuals who suffer from obesity tend to spend more money on prescription medications, incur more costs from inpatient and outpatient hospital procedures and make more visits to their physician for monitoring visits.
Weight loss can help prevent and/or reduce the risk of many illnesses, diseases and health conditions!
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