01 Nov 2017

Being Heavy: Its Effects to Health

an overweight man

an overweight man In our society where looks are more important, being overweight is an appearance issue. However, being overweight is also a serious medical concern as it directly negatively affects your health.

Health issues that originate from being overweight go beyond the most common diseases we often hear about, such as heart diseases or diabetes. It can also affect your breathing, joints, energy levels — your entire way of life.

You might think that you need to be really fat to encounter health risks. By being slightly overweight — not even being obese — is one of the leading causes of serious health complications and death around the world.

The harsh truth

Once you hit a body mass index of 25, the risks of having a heart attack, cancer, or diabetes all start to increase. Aside from these serious illnesses, you are also at risk of developing gallstones, fatty liver or even deep vein thrombosis. Start shedding some weight or you will find yourself having a post-thrombotic syndrome treatment stemming from being overweight.

 

Its relationship to depression

In a world where being fit is what’s largely acceptable, being overweight and depression often go hand in hand. This is because overweight people get shamed about their looks or their physical capabilities. As they also feel isolated from their physically fit friends who can do physical activities, their self-worth shrinks. Also, being overweight affects other systems of your body, causing sleep difficulties, digestive problems, or chest discomfort. All of those can prompt feelings of despair and depression.

What you can do

Fortunately, it is never too late to start making changes and avoid the negative effects of being overweight on physical and mental health. Make a plan to cut back on your food portions and start exercising regularly to achieve a healthier and happier version of you.

 

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