The society we live in is obsessed with the aesthetic appeal and looks of everything, including humans. Being overweight is deemed more of an ‘appearance issue’ and not an alarming medical concern that needs immediate attention because it can cause severe damage to a person’s mental and physical health.
Recent global WHO projections showed at least one in three adults are overweight, whereas two in ten are obese. More studies in the USA reveal that 34-40% of American adults are obese, and over 45 million children under age six are overweight.
Overweight VS Obese: What’s The Difference?
When people begin to eat processed foods or foods with higher calorie counts, they start gaining weight. If it’s a temporary couple-of-pounds gain, or you exercise regularly, that’s not a problem for most people. At this point, the person is considered overweight.
While chronic medical concerns stem from being overweight and adversely affect a person’s quality of life, the major problem starts when one qualifies for obesity.
Obesity means either a person weighs 100 pounds more than their ideal weight or their Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or higher. Obesity is now considered an epidemic because it affects kids, teens, and adults more than ever. Younger people are now being diagnosed with morbid health issues, previously known to be apprehensions for adults only.
The Impact of Obesity on Your Health
About 75% of high blood pressure cases are related to obesity. When the blood pressure is irregular, the heart has to work harder. It can gradually damage the arteries, resulting in congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney diseases, and more.
The American Heart Association declared obesity a significant risk factor as cardiac illnesses kill more than 600,000 people every year in the USA.
High cholesterol, low HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol), and other abnormal blood lipid levels increase the risk of heart attacks, especially in adults.
Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
When there is excessive fat in the body, insulin, a hormone that works to lower glucose levels in the blood, is less effective in converting glucose to cells. This causes the body to need more insulin to maintain an average blood sugar level. This can gradually turn into diabetes.
For women, another co-morbid known as PCOS can occur. In PCOS, the testosterone levels (the male hormone) are higher, resulting in irregular periods, acne, hirsutism, and more.
People who are obese generally lead a lower quality of life as they have a higher chance of being affected by countless serious illnesses. They are more likely to be depressed, have lower self-esteem, joint and muscle pain, sleep apnea, and so many other diseases that sometimes lead to disabilities and even early death.
Luckily, since obesity is largely preventable, it’s never too late to make changes that will help achieve fitness and health goals. Rather than relying on crash diets, consult a weight loss specialist who can guide you according to your metabolism and body chemistry.
If you’re in Sacramento, book an appointment with Natomas Family Practice to get a personalized approach. Yes, we’re known as the best family medicine clinic, but we also have a licensed team of expert doctors, such as immunization specialists, senior care specialists, women’s healthcare specialists, pediatric specialists, and many other comprehensive services.
Call us at916-928-0856 to learn more.