Obesity Risks

"The cardiologist's diet, If it tastes good, spit it out!" ~Unknown (doesn't have to =(
Obesity Risks
by Determined D.

Hello. Today, I will discuss 'why' obesity is dangerous to your health, 'why' weight loss is beneficial and how to reduce a double chin, two topics of request that were mentioned in my submit a topic tab.  I received a great response from creating this area on the BLOG, if you have something you would like me to write about, please submit it via that tab.  I finished my second 'guest blog' article and it will be published next Thursday (can't wait)!   

Obese not only means overweight, it means having a BMI above 30.  What's your BMI?  Utilize the tool on my site, located in the right hand column, to determine your body mass index. Also, keep in mind, some overweight individuals are much more healthy than those who are at a suggested weight for their body size.  Get your BMI under 25!     

Unfortunately, obesity statistics have increased throughout the US over the past several years.  According to the CDC, approximately 1/3 of the adult population is obese.  That amounts to 33.8%.  Millions of children across the US are also obese.  I know a little bit too much about being overweight/obese because I have been there, and I am never going back.  My weight gain was due to lack of exercise, poor eating habits, and a medication that caused a significant weight gain.  I lived in denial thinking I would never gain weight, but I did! We learn from our mistakes, and here I am today the healthiest that I have ever been!  Still have to shed some body fat, but I feel that I am in great shape. I am much more toned, flexible, energetic, and my jeans look great on :).

Some of the dangerous diseases and risks from being obese include:

  • Diabetes Type II ~ Type II diabetes is non-insulin dependent, however, requires medication to control ones blood sugar (Can lead to kidney disease). 
  • Hypertension, aka high blood pressure (Uncontrolled BP can lead to kidney disease). 
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems (People have died from sleep apnea). 
  • Heart Disease
All of the above diseases/risks are extremely dangerous to ones health.  If you catch some of these diseases, such as Diabetes & Hypertension, in their early stages, they can be controlled through diet modification and regular exercise rather than medication!  Go for yearly physicals!   

Some reasons 'why' weight loss is good for your health. 
  • Reduces glucose (blood sugar) levels
  • Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Helps improve sleep function 
  • Improves confidence and makes you feel good
  • Lowers BMI
You asked, "How do I 'reduce' a double chin?  Umm, exercise.  All kidding aside, once you start to lose weight you will slowly see the double chin go away.  There are also exercises you can do specifically for your chin.  Please review the following link for details on double-chin exercises:  http://facialexercisesguide.com/8/how-to-get-rid-of-double-chin-3-double-chin-exercises/ 

My philosophy:  I hate the word 'diet', because it seems like such a chore, I prefer 'eating healthy', to me it's a completely different mindset.  Healthy items can taste good too!  I love grilled chicken salad with different veggies, topped with a fat free or light dressing!  Or, a grilled veggie sandwich.   Eat healthy and combine it with regular exercise and you will see results!  Consistency is extremely important.  Stick with it! 

Enjoy your Thursday! 
Stay Determined!

~D

"One should eat to live, not live to eat."  ~Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV
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References:  Obesity Trends & Health Consequences ~http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html
Double-chin exercises ~http://facialexercisesguide.com/8/how-to-get-rid-of-double-chin-3-double-chin-exercises/ 

Disclosure:  The above BLOG article is merely the opinion of the author and should not be used in place of professional medical advice.  Any diet and exercise regimen should be approved by a medical doctor. 

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