Today, more than 1/3 (about 35%) of citizens in the United States are obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, January 2012). Sadly, this number is increasing at faster rates each year.
Thankfully there are many simple day-to-day habits that can be done to change this number. However, these habits are rarely accomplished and can be difficult to start.
Overtime the body can gain extra pounds of fat by build-up in all the wrong places. This happens because of the foods ingested and having a physical activity level of zero. However, there are always other factors in relation to weight gain such as our surrounding environment or even how we manage our stress.
Not taking care of the weight gain can lead to serious health conditions such as:
- Diabetes. In simple terms, when the body ingests too much sugar a substance called insulin can’t be absorbed anymore. This is called insulin-resistant and leads to type-2 diabetes. If caught early type-2 diabetes can possibly be reversed but most likely the concern is avoided. Sadly, many don’t know that they are already diabetic.
- Heart Disease. Heart attacks, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, and many other conditions can occur because someone is overweight. For example, with atherosclerosis, fat content builds-up and blocks blood flow in the veins. This is very dangerous because all blood is pumped through heart. If the blood is blocked, heart attacks and strokes occur.
- Cancer. This is very possible in cases of obesity. The kidneys, liver, thyroid, and other organs can have a decrease in function because one is overweight. The body can’t perform regular tasks because it isn’t given proper nutrients or able to be physically fit in order to perform simple tasks.
What can I do to lose weight?
The benefits of losing weight can help you live a longer and happier life. Simply by doing the following will ensure this:
- Start being physically active. Many doctors suggest at least 30 minutes of activity per day. This can be talking a walk, going on a hike, or even swimming. The more you spend 30 minutes exercising, the easier it becomes to keep it a habit. You may even be running a marathon by the end of the year.
- Make healthier food choices. It is actually less expensive to buy food from the grocery store and make homemade dinners than going to a fast food restaurant. This can be difficult because a lot dont know how to make this transition.
There is a website, http://www.choosemyplate.gov/, from the government that also gives suggestions on how to eat healthy. There are many sources available to you. Take advantage of them.
- Keep a journal. Write down your emotions and how you feel with all aspects of your life. There could be a reason why it is hard for you to keep off the weight, or why you feel stressed constantly. Overtime you will be able to see the type of person you want to become because your feelings are all right in front of you
There are many other tips to help you overcome your possible weight concern. Consult us as your professional physician for help. Dont hesitate to ask because we are here to help you live a healthier life.
Start today by making a positive change, you will be thankful you did.