According to Center for Disease Control, the number of overweight and obese individuals is on the rise. There are currently three out of every five adults in the United States that are considered overweight, while one out of three adults is considered obese. As these numbers have increased dramatically, obesity and the complications that result is becoming one of the biggest health concerns for public officials, healthcare professionals, and individual citizens alike.
Let’s take a look at the potential risks associated with obesity and what you can do to help return to a healthy weight.
There are many well-documented risks associated with obesity, including some of the most common causes of death in the United States.
– Type 2 diabetes, which typically can create a host of secondary conditions.
– Risks for different kinds of cancers have been shown to increase with obesity.
– Coronary heart disease, hypertension, and dyslipidemia are also quite common.
On top of all this, you may have to worry about increased risk of stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis and gynecological problems. The risk for all these conditions may go up the heavier one gets. The best way to minimize all of these obesity risks is to return to a healthy weight.
Ways To Reverse Obesity
- Exercise and Healthy Eating – These two are the essentials for anyone trying to lose weight, and they go hand in hand. Exercise helps you burn the fat you already have, while good nutrition provides the fuel to make sure your body is functioning at a high level. Healthy eating and exercise will likely only work if you gradually work your way into it and consider your long-term goals and lifestyle changes. Don’t try to rush the process or be lured into fad diets that may bring short-term results, but won’t be sustainable. You can change for the better, but it will require some hard work.
- Surgical Options – Weight loss surgery is not a cure. Rather, it’s a very powerful tool that can help you achieve the results you are looking for. It can help you along the path to weight loss, but surgery can’t solve all of your weight issues unless you put the work in.
Obesity comes with many potential health problems. If you struggle with your weight, there’s a good chance you already know this firsthand. If you’ve struggled for too long and feel like you’ve done all you can, you may qualify for bariatric surgery. Whether or not you are ready to make that move, you can explore it further by calling the offices of Dr. Samuel Bledsoe.