5 Major Health Effects Of Being Overweight

I think we all know about the health effects of being overweight. For example, I knew that when you are obese you are at a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. I mean you hear about this all the time.

But the truth is, when I thought about obesity, I always had a picture in my head of someone, other than me, who was obese. Because, even though I was “overweight”, I never really saw myself as obese.

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BMI (Body Mass Index) Chart

One day I went online to calculate my BMI. I typed in my height and weight and it said I was Obese! Really? I expected overweight, but not obese. This was a bit of a wake-up call.

My point is, sometimes we don’t realize just how out of control our weight is. The weight gain just happens over time if you don’t watch it. This is why I now weigh myself every day. I feel like it is critical to be honest with myself. When I weigh myself daily, it helps to keep me focused.

Being aware of my numbers helps to keep me on track with my low carb, high-fat lifestyle. And yes, for me it is a lifestyle. At 52 I feel so much healthier than I have ever felt. I don’t ever want to go back to having chronic aches, pains and sinus problems.

It really wasn’t until I first lost about 20 pounds when I noticed that my body was changing. And not just on the outside. I noticed that I hadn’t had a headache in a while, my skin looked and felt better, my allergies were gone and my knees didn’t hurt anymore. I actually felt wonderful.

Now, when I go to that same BMI site, it says I am just slightly overweight. And that’s fine with me. I will soon be at a normal weight again.

There are many health issues directly linked to being overweight or obese.

Health Effects of Being Overweight

Here are 5 of the big ones:

High Blood Pressure
Type 2 Diabetes
Stroke
Heart Disease
Cancer

What I want to get across in this post is that sometimes we are blind to what is going on with our bodies. But there are many other health issues related to obesity.

We may have sicknesses and go on medications. Some people have chronic pain all the time caused by obesity. The reality is, perhaps losing a bit of weight may actually help solve the problem.

The good news is, by being aware of our weight, we can prevent many ill effects of a poor diet.

At 52, I finally feel like I am in control of my weight and my health.

I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts? Do you think losing weight can help folks get well?

 

Why Are So Many People Fat?

I’m a critical thinker. So when something doesn’t feel right, I ask questions and come to my own decisions based on facts.

When it comes to health and diet there is a plethora of information out there. And lots of opposite information. It is very confusing.

I started thinking about the obesity problem that is going on here in the US and in other parts of the world.

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Why are so many people fat?

Why are so many people fat? Why do we have more type 2 diabetes than ever before?

When I was a kid, my Mom and Dad referred to type 2 diabetes as “sugar diabetes” because it was rare that a child would get it. It was an “older” person disease.

I remember being a young woman in the 1990’s. I learned that fats were bad for you. It seemed during this time that everything became low fat or no fat. I remember eating Snackwells and thinking that I was doing a good thing for my body. I wasn’t.

If you read the label of these Snackwells cookies, you will see that they have no nutritional value. I remember the marketing used to talk about how it didn’t include any fat. Fat makes you fat, eat Snackwells.

If you look back in history since the early 1990’s the obesity rate has gone up dramatically and so has type 2 diabetes.

Guess what!? We had it all wrong.

Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat.

sugarThe culprit to obesity is sugar!

Sugar is way more addictive than cocaine. So people keep eating more of it. I was one of them.

Read about my sugar addiction here.

I didn’t realize how addicted to sugar I was. I thought I was eating a healthy diet by eating low fat and counting calories. I was doing it all wrong and making myself sicker.

Today, I noticed that same Snackwell’s has new packaging. It still says fat-free. But now on the front of the box it says, “without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil or artificial flavors or preservatives”. So you would think that this would be a healthy snack.

But if you take a close look at the label, there is virtually no nutritional value in the cookies. If you look at the label, it looks like there is 14g of carbs and 9g of sugar. And this is just for 1 cookie.

1985 there was 10% obesity in the United States. Now it is up to 35%! Obesity is very common. And it is getting worse every day.

It makes me really sad every time I see a child who is obese. Or when I hear that someone died from complications of obesity.

But my biggest frustrations comes from the fact that many doctors don’t even give their patients the correct information. I’m not sure why. Some say it is because of the pharmaceutical companies give them a kick-back. Others say it is because they were taught the wrong information in the first place.

All I know is it is pretty simple. We (folks in the US) started getting fat after we started eating more processed food which was high in sugar.

What do you think is the cause of the obesity problem? Does obesity affect your life? Do you know someone who is obese or has diabetes?