This is the essential blog post where we explain MANY health benefits of weight loss. Many of these benefits are on the evening news, but it is important to realise how detrimental being fat is to your overall health and well being. It is also important to know that you have a lot of control over how healthy or how unhealthy you are in relation to these conditions. The choice is yours: unhealthy body fat levels, or healthy body fat levels.
Heart disease is the number one killer in Australia, and is greatly increased with obesity and being overweight. Excess body fat puts strain on the heart and blood vessels. Also, the bad foods that most overweight people eat daily damages the arteries and veins causing even more problems. Losing excess body fat greatly improves your heart health, which has been known for years.
Diabetes is also a risk factor if you are overweight or obese. A high percentage of type 2 diabetes can be prevented and controlled by losing weight. Studies have shown that even 5 - 10% weight loss can dramatically reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Stroke is also a leading cause of death in Australia which can be affected by maintaining a healthy weight. (link) Being overweight increases the risk of stroke, even in younger people.
Cancer risk increases as people become more overweight or obese. These risk factors decrease if a patient is able to lose the excess body fat and become more healthy. Almost every type of cancer risk increases as patients become overweight, obese, and sedentary.
Sleep Apnea is a condition where a patient is not breathing properly whilst sleeping. This interrupts the proper cycles of sleep, including deep sleep that is supposed to be restorative and restful. Excess body fat, especially body fat around the neck and face increases the chances of sleep apnea and also worsens existing sleep apnea, even in children.
Arthritis: Obesity and being overweight also puts tremendous strain on the joints of the knees, hips, ankles, and spine. This increased weight strains the joints and cartilage of these areas and increases the risk of certain types of arthritis. For example, if a patient is 25 kilos overweight, the amount of strain on the knees is equivalent to 100 kilos of weight (4 times as much!). So imagine how many steps you take in a day, and it is easy to see the wear and tear the knee joints would take.
Losing just 5 - 10% of your body weight improves cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. We can help you achieve this weight loss quickly, safely, and in a healthy way. We will also show you exactly how to keep the weight off.
There are many other conditions which are worsened by excess weight and excess body fat such as lupus, gout, and even fibromyalgia. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, losing that excess weight can certainly help your condition. Please call Geelong Weight Loss Centre at 5229 9888 for a consultation.