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YOUR HEALTH - BEING OVERWEIGHT AND THE RISK FACTORS

Obesity is much more than a cosmetic problem; it can cause psychological suffering and serious health hazards. In fact, overweight and physical inactivity account for more than 300,000 premature deaths each year in the U.S., second only to tobacco-related deaths.

A popular tool, the Body Mass Index (BMI), helps define healthy weight, overweight and obesity. BMI ranges are based on the effect body weight has on disease and death. BMI is used to screen and monitor a population to detect risk of health or nutritional disorders. On an individual basis, other data must be used to determine if a high BMI is associated with increased risk of disease and death for that person.

 
 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Individuals with a BMI of 25 or greater are considered at risk for premature death and disability as a consequence of overweight and obesity.

Health Risks

Below, we have listed the diseases and health problems associated with excess weight. Please keep in mind that these health risks increase even more as the severity of an individual's obesity increases.

- Angina Pectoris  
- Bladder control Problems (such as stress incontinence)  
- Cholescystitis and Cholelithiasis  
- Cancer (endometrial, breast, prostrate, and colon)  
- Complications of Pregnancy  
- Congestive Heart Failure  
- Coronary Heart Disease  
- Gallstones  
- Gout  
- High Blood Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia)  
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)  
- Hyperinsulinemia  
- Insulin Resistance, Glucose intolerance  
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep) and Respiratory Problems  
- Osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints)  
- Poor female reproductive health (such as menstrual irregularities, infertility, irregular ovulation)  
- Psychological disorders (such as depression, eating disorders, distorted body image, and low self esteem)  
- Stroke  
- Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) Diabetes  
- Uric Acid Nephrolithiasis

Psychological and Social Effects

In addition to the aforementioned health risks, there are also psychological and social effects associated with obesity. For many people, emotional suffering is one of the most painful parts of obesity.

Our society places great emphasis on physical appearance, often equating attractiveness with slimness, especially for women. Messages of thinness are conveyed repeatedly in all forms of media, making overweight people feel unattractive.

Many people label obese individuals as gluttonous and lazy, even though this is not true. As a direct result to these labels, obese people often face prejudice or discrimination in the job market, at school, and in social situations. With this prejudice and discrimination, come feelings of rejection, shame, and depression.

Lower your risk

Preventing additional weight gain is recommended if your BMI is greater than 25, unless you have other risk factors. Obesity experts recommend you try to lose weight if you have two or more of the following:

- Family history of certain chronic diseases - If family members have had heart disease or diabetes, you are more likely to develop these problems if you are obese.
- Pre-existing medical conditions - High blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or blood sugar levels are all warning signs of some obesity

Obesity is much more than a cosmetic problem; it can cause psychological suffering and serious health hazards. In fact, overweight and physical inactivity account for more than 300,000 premature deaths each year in the U.S., second only to tobacco-related deaths.

A popular tool, the Body Mass Index (BMI), helps define healthy weight, overweight and obesity. BMI ranges are based on the effect body weight has on disease and death. BMI is used to screen and monitor a population to detect risk of health or nutritional disorders. On an individual basis, other data must be used to determine if a high BMI is associated with increased risk of disease and death for that person.

As we pointed out in Overweight vs. Obesity, a healthy BMI for adults is between 18.5 and 24.9.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Individuals with a BMI of 25 or greater are considered at risk for premature death and disability as a consequence of overweight and obesity.

 
     
   

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