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.
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?