|What’s more, obese people have:
• 40% more risk of dying of heart disease.
What causes obesity?
• 60%–120% higher risk of dying of diabetes and kidney failure.
• 10% more risk of fatal cancer.
• 20% more risk of failed lungs.
Obesity occurs over time when you take in more calories than you use. Your body stores these excess calories as fat. Obesity tends to run in families. Unhealthy eating habits and an inactive lifestyle also contribute to obesity.
Obesity in Figures
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that there will be about 2.3 billion overweight and 700 million obese adults by 2015. At least 20 million children under the age of 5 years were overweight globally in 2005.
Dangers of Obesity
Obesity has its daily inconveniences: difficulty in walking, finding clothes that fit, and spilling over bus and plane seats. What’s more, severe obesity in the 40 to 45 BMI range cuts lifespans by eight to 10 years. In the long run, obesity can increase your risk of these diseases.
| Alzheimer’s Disease |
Obese people are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease—a progressive and fatal brain disease. Researchers found that obese people had 8% less brain tissue than people with normal weight, while overweight people had 4% less tissue.
| Cancer |
Raised BMI is a major risk factor for some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon). One reason obesity may raise cancer risk is because fat cells produce a form of estrogen called estradiol that promotes rapid division of cells. The more times cells divide, the higher the chances a random genetic error will occur, which can lead to cancer.
| Diabetes |
Overweight people are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to average weight people. Type 2 diabetes reduces your body’s ability to control blood sugar. It is a major cause of early death, heart disease, stroke and blindness.
| Heart Disease |
Obesity is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack. Obesity:
• raises blood cholesterol and triglyceride (a type of blood fat) levels.
• lowers HDL, the “good” cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is linked with lower heart
• isease and stroke risk, so reducing it tends to raise the risk.
• raises blood pressure levels.
| H1N1 |
Being obese or diabetic significantly upped the risk of dying from H1N1, according to an analysis of 574 pandemic deaths from 28 countries through mid-July 2009.
| Osteoarthritis |
Obesity is linked to osteoarthritis. Carrying extra weight places extra pressure on knee, hip and lower back joints. This wears away the cartilage (tissue that cushions the joints) that normally protects them, leading to osteoarthritis.
| Stroke |
Large-scale studies have found a link between obesity and stroke risk. Notably, a report in 2002 by physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on the 21,000-men Physicians Health Study gave a precise numerical relationship: a one-unit increase in BMI raised the risk of stroke by 6%.
Lose Weight Safely And Regain Health
Even moderate weight loss can make a difference in the way you feel on a daily basis. Don’t put up with being overweight or obese anymore. Turn your life around. There is no instant weight-loss method. Weight loss results may be slower with a healthy, balanced
plant-based diet and regular exercise, but they are safer and are more likely to prevent weight rebound.