Friday, December 3, 2010

Weight control for self preservation

The main focus of most weight-loss advertising is on physical appearance, and though we all want to look good – in and out of our clothes – the main benefits of weight loss are actually to do with health.

  • Losing 10% of your excess body weight reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels; all of these are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Losing excess weight reduces blood glucose levels and halves the probability of you developing type-2 diabetes.
  • Losing weight reduces the strain on weight-bearing joints (hips, knees, lower spine) and reduces the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
  • Being overweight is a risk factor for developing cancer of the uterus, breast, gall bladder, colon and prostate.
  • Losing excess weight can help to alleviate sleep apnea.
  • Carrying excess weight puts strain on all your internal organs, not just your heart.
  • Being overweight can cause complications during surgery.
  • Being overweight means that you are less likely to take exercise, which in itself is a health risk.
  • Reducing and then controlling your body weight increases self-esteem.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight improves your quality of life as well as your longevity.
Adapting to a healthy lifestyle is the only way to achieve a healthy body weight.

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