With obesity now affecting 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children, it is edging ever closer to becoming an epidemic and it is largely down to our unhealthy western lifestyle. Our lives are filled with processed foods, sedentary jobs and a lack of exercise. This has led to us being less healthy, over weight and putting excessive strain on the NHS as we demand help with obesity related illnesses. And now, with children becoming part of the statistics, we are merely saving up decades of obesity related financial pressure on the NHS.
Obesity is generically described as anyone with a BMI over 30 or else women with a waist circumference of 80+ centimetres and men with a waist circumference of 94+ centimetres.
The dangers of obesity are becoming more present in our lives as television shows such as Embarrassing Bodies and Super Size Versus Super Skinny show the life threatening affects of being drastically over weight. But what are the black and white facts of being obese?
The negative effects of obesity
Diabetes – Type 2
This is developed when the body does not react to it’s natural insulin production or else does not produce enough insulin through poor dietry habits. This lack of insulin means blood glucose levels become dangerously high which is when hypoglycemia can kick in. This can take the form of constant thirst, severe fatigue, poor vision and a need to urinate a lot more. Type 2 Diabetes can also lead to regular bouts of thrush, constipation and skin infections.
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer, leading to around 82,000 annual deaths,or in other words 1 in 5 men and 1 in 8 women. When the arteries become blocked due to a poor and fatty diet, heart disease can be the result which can cause heart attacks, angina, heart failure and ultimately death.
1) Bowel Cancer
You may notice a change in bowel habits, blood in your feces and weight loss. If caught in time, the chance of survival can be as high as 90% through methods such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The excess insulin from the Type 2 Diabetes can in fact stimulate the cancer cells growth in the bowel.
2) Breast Cancer
Being overweight and going through the menopause can cause excess oestrogen in the breasts which can lead to breast cancer. It generally falls under the categories of invasive or non-invasive cancer and can be treated, as with bowel cancer, with surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
This is caused when oxygen stops being carried to the brain by the blood. During a stroke one side of the face may drop, arms may be immovable and speech could be slurred or rambling. Over weight people are at higher risk because of the related conditions which affect blood circulation (and as such affect oxygen getting around the body) such as high cholesterol and blood pressure. The results of a stroke can be long term and rehabilitation may be required. Strokes are believed to be preventable through living a healthy lifestyle which can keep your blood and cholesterol level lowered.
With your life on the line, the choice between surgery, chemotherapy, infections, the horror or being diagnosed with life threatening diseases and death, or simply eating well and getting rid of excess weight should really be an easy decision. Moving more and eating a little less is all it takes to help the body start to shed weight and that is a very simple combination to ultimately help you lead a healthy, and hopefully longer, life!
Hi. My age is 54 and i am a women of 5 ft 3 inc height.. i am women. my weigh is 70kg. What should be my weight at this age.
Please let me know.
Well said Kelly Donnelly,am sure Jerri Stone is an obese.. They are very busy eating anything but too lazy to work out..
Ok I am fat I'm not going to say I ate healthy all the time but after having my second child and C -section I did have depression some peoples body's don't bounce back after a c section now after 4 kids it is really hard to get the weight off hormones are crazy . But one thing i won't give up I eat pretty healthy but the weight won't move away lol
It's funny how they add"fewer emit meant opportunities" in a list if medical conditions!!! Really....
It's a great sharing article! Keep up with it ....and people stop making excuses. There is a reason why God gave 1 mouth, 2 Ears and 2 eyes. \U0001f62f
I think the tv adds doesn't help either , it s all about food and prescription drugs. I have to say that nobody was born obese. Some people do have some health issues meanwhile others just like to eat and don't like to exercise to burn those calories. Remember its all about the" input and output " life is more enjoyable when we follow a healthy diet and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. We live in a world of a lot stress and full of mindless eating souls. Emotional eating is a big thing nowadays too. We suppose to live life in a healthy manner so we can enjoy life as we should. When we are obese , we have all this healthy issues and doctors Will prescribe lots of meds, which in turn aggravates the obesity even more. Sadly enough, our nation is growing wider then never. Our body is a temple and we should feed well and take good care of it :)
Wow Jerri.....you don't need a degree to know how to lose weight...it is a scientific formula....now be nice.
I'm not overweight but I find this kind of...I don't know.. like fat shaming in disguise. People aren't dumb..we all know that carrying around extra weight is unhealthy. But each person has their own struggle and it's up to them to make changes. This article might be helpful to some but it might be really depressing to most.
I think they are a little off on what hypoglycemia means. High blood sugar does not cause hypoglycemia, it is called hyperglycemia. Though I think everything else is accurate.
I'm pretty sure most obese people are aware of the risk to their health. Food addiction is just like any other addiction, it stems from emotional trauma that has not been healed. So instead of making overweight folks feel worse, why don't we lift them up and help them heal? Just a thought. As a person who has dealt with addiction issues myself I can tell you that shaming me only made me want to use more. It wasn't until I learned how to love myself that change became possible. If you are overweight and you are reading this, you ARE beautiful, amazing and worthy of love - especially love that comes from within. :)
If people are a shamed of their fat then maybe they ought to do something not to have the fat...still sounds like enabling and more excuses for not being accountable for our own choices,actions and decisions. Stay encouraged. Peace
Not being mean to be telling the truth sometimes the truth isn't pretty so to speak but people having the information and not doing something different to counter act the worst. Stating the truth with consequences for personal choices is not Judging its stating the facts. Stop enabling those who choose not to be held accountable for their actions. Stay encouraged people. Peace
Jojo i hear you sweetheart:) i eat well and exercise and the weight does NOT drop off as easy as some think. Their are age factors, genetics, metabolism, endocrine disorders and more for some people. I think most know of the consequences.
JoJo Remington There many who still don't know these simple facts. Agreed, for some its a medical condition, but for others it's matter of making lifestyle changes!
JoJo: this is an positive post, it speaks the truth, and meant to educate and help those that are ready to hear the truthful👍. i hear you on the thin people having the same illness as obese people, you have a point there, the truth is there are thin people who live an unhealthy life style. bottom line for all is we are what we eat‼️
But people can help it.....obesity is caused by over eating and not burning off those calories.....unless someone is holding them down and forcing them to over eat and forbidding them to exercise then they are responsible. The information about how to change is all over the place, TV, internet, books.....changing from within is required for success... if you know someone struggling with this problem share that!
As if obese people don't know all of these facts already. Some can't help their weight gain due to medical problems and mental problems. A skinny person can be equally as unhealthy for similar reasobs yet they aren't judged nearly as much nor do they have to see FB posts like this one. Here let's remind depressed overweight people who can't change, that they have a lower life expectancy, real kind, you are helping soo much right now, delivering facts most humans already know. Wow... how about post something positive, or just don't bother.