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.

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: This is often called the silent killer because you don’t realize you have a problem often until it is too late. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause a stroke.

Type 2 Diabetes: This happens when your body doesn’t know how to use insulin. Type 2 Diabetes can also cause many other chronic problems.

Stroke: This is when your brain suddenly bleeds. High blood pressure can lead to stroke.

Heart Disease- This happens when your heart is under stress and can’t function normally.

Cancer: cancer is simply another word for disease. There are many different kinds of cancers. But when your body is not at ease like when you are obese or unhealthy, you are more likely to develop 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?


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16 thoughts on “5 Major Health Effects Of Being Overweight”

  1. Wendy, you are perfectly correct. Losing weight is a “BIG” deal. I changed my lifestyle and, as a result, I am losing weight. I rarely have headaches (like you), my tendonitis problem is less severe, my glucose is mostly in the normal range with very little medication most days, and so too is high blood pressure. I, however focus on the lifestyle change and the other things are falling into place.

    1. Josephine, I am so very glad you are doing well. It is amazing that you are almost completely off your meds!!! All of this by simply changing your diet. 🙂

  2. Hey Wendy, as usual you’re spot on. Obesity can cause a whole range of issues! Even sleep apnea can be exacerbated by being obese, since the weight of the neck and soft issues on the back of the throat, and also the weight on the chest can cause breathing restrictions. It’s always good to get on that horse and try to knock off the pounds because ultimately one’s health and well-being should come first. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Wendy, I really enjoyed reading your blog as this subject is so dear to me as a health coach. It truly is the carbohydrates that have caused the obesity epidemic in this nation, as the published food chart years ago got it all wrong. It is also so important that obesity can cause all kinds of diseases too. It’s wonderful that people like you are getting the word out there that fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs and sugar does. Congratulations on your weight loss and the new you! Also, your website and blogs are very informative, organized and engaging with all of the images. I wish you the best.

  4. Hey Wendy =)

    Again another helpful and quality post.

    In all honesty I have never really been overweight and that’s because I’ve always been an active person who eats healthy.

    I do make an effort to keep my health on top and I guess the effort pays off.

    But it’s so important to know what the health effects are of being overweight, it is quite terrifying and I’m sure a lot of people who are struggling with their health/weight will have a wake up call reading this.

    Thanks again =)

  5. I think one of the worst things about being fat (oh nevermind fat, just call a spade a spade – OBESE) is … the lethargy and fatigue it creates because it becomes an ever-decreasing spiral down.

    The fatter one gets the more fatigued/lethargic one gets the fatter one gets … ever and ever onward down till practically comatose… difficult to get out of. On the upside, while it takes about 6 weeks to develop a habit, it only takes about 2 weeks to get into the habit of exercising. ….Changing a lifetime of bad eating eating habits is probably MUCH harder and there’s the wants of the rest of the family to consider too.

    So, Jolly well done! to you Wendy – keep up the looking good cos’ it’s feel good too.
    And thanks for the info – I’ll give your low carb- high fat a try and see if it helps 🙂
    If I can lose 12 lbs in 6 weeks too — that would be very big grin country!

    1. You are so right that it really can get out of control very easily. And the heavier people get, the harder it is to turn things around. And it is hard physically but also mentally. I know I sort of gave up on ever being thin again. Thank God, I decided to give this a try. I wish you all the best with it, Cat. Let me know how it goes.

  6. Hi Wendy, great article. Yes it so important to lose weight. I just had a wake up this past week when my cholesterol level is at a whopping 247. The problem is my diet and gradual weight gain over the years. I have always been a great athlete and play sports, in particular basketball. I am 6’1″ and now weight about 215 pounds. However, I was mainly under 200, 195 for most of my adult life. Since my weight gain, I notice knee pain and now high cholesterol!!!

    1. That is exactly what happened with me. The weight just sort of creeps up on you. The good news is once we realize we are having issues with our health, we can make changes for the better. I wish you all the best, Xdeem.

  7. Hey Wendy, I will do as you do and weigh myself everyday instead of once every week, I need to be more active in changing my eating habits so that I do not gain more weight in order to avoid being obese, I believe I am overweight but I might be surprised as you were, I will take the BMI scale to be 100% sure but I have started working out 2-3 times a week now and have changed my diet by consuming less sugar because sugar=fat, thank you for the beneficial tips you have given us.

  8. I weight myself every day as you do.
    Someone has told me that it wouldn’t be the right thing to do because I would feel stressed if I saw my weight increase. But I will rather say that that’s the point. I see that my weight is increasing and I are able to control it and eat different the next day. That’s an advantage for me.


    1. I feel exactly the same way. I have always been one of those people where I would rather know the bad news, than not know. 🙂 Weighing myself daily helps keep me on track of my goals.

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