The Dangers of Obesity
Eating healthy is hard, not to mention losing weight once you’ve put on a few pounds…imagine hundreds of pounds? Fitness freaks, your mom and even the government make it seem so easy to “eat healthy” but when you’re low on cash and you have the choice to get a 10 piece for $1 at Burger King versus an $8 salad from Fresh Market…in the moment, it seems more feasible to get that 10 piece but that’s exactly what’s hurting us! Obesity rides alongside heart disease and stroke as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Based on a study from 2015-2016, a little over 39% of Americans (adults) and 18% of children ages 2-19 were considered obese. That’s around 70 million people, and it’s only higher each day until healthy food options are made more accessible to low income and middle class areas. When you’re obese, you can put yourself at a higher risk of getting fatal diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and gallbladder disease. If these diseases are not treated, Obesity can result in death.
Obesity, also known as Adiposity, is caused by the increase in the size and amount of fat cells in the body. The way doctors determine if you’re obese or overweight is by measuring your BMI, body mass index, and your waist circumference. Eating too much isn’t the only way to become obese; some people have problem with energy imbalance that cause the body to store fat, genetic or endocrine medical conditions or even some medicines that contribute to weight gain. Life doesn’t have to stop though, and there are a few solutions that can put you on track towards a healthier lifestyle. Changing your diet for healthier, cheaper substitutes, exercising daily and consistently, or even some weight loss medicines could be beneficial. There are also surgeries such as Bariatric surgery that help to restrict the amount of food that the stomach can hold, which can lead to substantial weight loss. If you’re not a victim of energy imbalance or genetic issues, you have the power to take control of your life and your weight. If you do have medical issues relating to obesity, then talk to your doctor and find out what’s right for you! What’s most important is that you’re happy and healthy in