Despite living in a society where the exterior of an individual is often considered more important than the interior, the number of individuals being classified as clinically overweight is continuing to rise. Much of this can be blamed on the fast food culture, where it’s often easier and cheaper to consume a burger and fries than to produce a hearty home cooked meal, but at what point should an individual take responsibility for their own body? Is it too easy to simply blame society whilst continuing to consume unhealthy foods?
Not only does a rising number of clinically overweight individuals placed a massive strain on the national health service – which is already under immense stress – but it also places that individual at risk too from various associated health problems. If an individual wants to lose weight, and is determined to pursue a long and sometimes frustrating path, then results will eventually follow. Sometimes though, it’s good to have a valid reason and understand the purpose behind weight loss. This article aims to provide this information by considering five health related reasons to lose weight.
1. Giving your heart a helping hand: This is one of the most recognised and important reasons to inspire weight loss. If you are overweight, your heart has to work much harder to provide blood to all your major organs and areas. Over a period of time, this places excessive stress onto your entire cardiovascular system and has been identified as a major cause of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure.
2. Reducing the risk of cancer: This is a relatively unknown result of excessive weight but by no means less important. Carrying additional weight can actually increase your chances of developing certain types of cancer. In men, being overweight is linked with a higher risk of developing rectal and prostate cancer, whilst in women; excessive weight problems can affect the breast, uterine and cervical regions of their bodies.
3. Decreasing the risk of diabetes: There is a direct correlation between excessive weight in both males and females and the increased possibility of developing type-two diabetes. The reason for this is that within individuals that are overweight, the body cannot function as efficiently and as a result their blood sugar levels are much harder to both regulate and control naturally. Diabetes also creates numerous further health related issues.
4. Giving your joints some support: Although this particular reason may take a lengthy period of time to develop, being overweight places massive stresses on your joints and skeletal system. Quite simply, the continual carriage of additional weight can lead to the early onset of various medical conditions, including premature joint deterioration, arthritis and other problematic medical conditions such as gout.
5. Increasing your quality of life: Continually carrying around additional weight can significantly sap your energy levels as everything you do becomes an effort. As well as causing early fatigue and aches and pains, it can actually prevent you from completing various everyday activities. Being overweight can also lead to breathing problems and impact on your sleep patterns, all creating factors which impact on your quality of life.
After reading this article, it may appear as though I’m being negative and creating a doom and gloom situation around the subject of being overweight. This is not the case at all; in fact it’s the complete opposite. By highlighting the potential health risks associated with being overweight, this can act as a both an educational and motivational tool to inspire weight loss.
If small alterations are made to both your levels of physical activity and diet and all this is incorporated into a healthier way of living then you will start to notice changes. It is a long journey that requires self discipline and support, but the end results are priceless. You know what they say, there’s no time like the present, so why not make that change today?