“Obesity is deadlier than smoking,” says Men’s health Magazine.
Yes, it might sound like an overstatement but the numbers suggest otherwise. A research performed in the US said that obesity resulted in loss of about 47 percent more life-years than smoking. An alarmingly large number!
But why is obesity so dangerous? Read on to understand the ill-effects it has on our body and our mind.
Diabetes and obesity are friends
Obesity is one of the major causes of type 2 diabetes in which the body builds a resistance to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. So, if you are obese, there is a higher chance that you might acquire this kind of diabetes.
Obesity causes high blood pressure
Obese people need more blood to be circulated in their bodies, which results in additional pressure on the walls of their arteries. Not just that, it also causes the heart to perform extra activity, weakening it over time.
Obese people are more prone to some types of cancer
The ill-effects of obesity is not just limited to diabetes and high blood pressure. It also results in cancer, one of the most life-threatening ailments. Women with obesity have a higher risk of cancers related to the breast, uterus, gall-bladder, colon while men with obesity have a higher chance of being diagnosed with colon and prostate cancer.
Because the body has to carry the extra weight around, there is an enormous pressure on some of the joints, mainly the hip and the knee joints. This results in weaker and damaged joints. Sometimes, it also leads to conditions like Osteoarthritis, which is characterized by the breakdown of the joint cartilage. When severe, these problems can even leave you bedridden, further contributing to your obesity.
Obese people generally lack the required confidence and self-esteem. Because of the way how our culture is, most of the times, obese people are considered to be lazy and unworthy, resulting in fewer opportunities for them. Obesity also results in emotional stress, especially in cases where the person in question gets disapproved because of the condition.
Obesity is dangerous and it would be a grave mistake to think otherwise. But the good news is that it can be overcome with some dedicated efforts. A simple activity like walking everyday for 30 minutes will not just give you positive results but will also equip you with the required discipline. And once you have the discipline, you can take up other high-intensity activities like running or even weight-training, and steer clear of this beast named obesity.
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