Top Health Risks of Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that nearly 40% of Americans were considered obese from 2015-2016. Obesity leads to many health risks and can even lead to premature death. The following are just some of those risks, and it’s our hope we can spread this awareness to help save lives.
The Health Risks of Obesity
Many people do not know the consequences of having high body mass index (BMI). This is why we are dedicated to informing our community about the top health risks, and to get more people on the right track with proper nutrition and adequate exercise.
Heart disease includes:
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Congenital heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, and obesity greatly increases the risk of developing it. Heart disease is preventable. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly reduce your risk of developing this condition as well as many other weight-related conditions (i.e., high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.).
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is blocked or there is bleeding in the brain. Blood vessels can become restricted or even blocked in individuals with high body fat, thus increasing their risk of having a stroke.
Decreasing body fat through weight loss can alleviate the constriction of blood vessels, which makes it less likely vessels will become blocked and cause a stroke.
This condition has to do with the regulation of insulin in the body. Insulin is used to process sugar and fat for use in the body. When someone has extra weight around the midsection, also called visceral fat, the body may become resistant to insulin. This can lead to organ problems because the body isn’t processing sugars and fats as it should be.
Reducing the amount of fat in the body, and especially in the midsection, can help the body process sugars and fats more efficiently. Many people can reverse their insulin resistance simply by changing their diet and by exercising.
Gallstones, gallbladder infection, cancer, and gallstone pancreatitis are all considered gallbladder disease.
Many people who suffer from obesity develop gallstones. These are crystallized masses of bile in the gallbladder that can cause inflammation, pain, and nausea. Surgery to remove the gallstones and a low-fat diet can keep them from returning.
If left untreated (or in severe cases), the gallbladder can become infected, which can lead to gallbladder removal surgery. For some people, it’s the only way to get rid of the severe pain.
Cancer and pancreatitis are the most serious consequences of untreated gallbladder disease. Cancerous tumors are hard to identify in the gallbladder because they often resemble gallstones. With gallstone pancreatitis, an infection takes over the pancreas causing it to become inflamed. If either condition is not treated promptly, it can lead to death.
Obesity Is Treatable and Preventable
People who are suffering from obesity can seek treatment for the condition. Diet, exercise, and bariatric services can help with weight loss. Losing weight decreases the risk of many life-threatening medical conditions, as mentioned above. Contact your local medical professional for more information on weight loss solutions now.