Health Benefits of Weight Loss: Good Habits Are Formed Young
Excess weight is dangerous! Fifty-five percent of the population of the United States is either overweight, or obese. Medical costs, due to complications from excess weight, are out of control. The excess weight is bad for the economy, and even worse for the individual.
Carrying around excess weight is a leading cause of serious health problems. These include heart (coronary artery) disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Another dangerous condition associated with excess weight is sleep apnea, a condition in which an adult stops breathing during sleep.
Also, if you carry excess weight into middle-age, you may develop arthritis or orthopedic problems such as bad knees, bad back, and/or bad hips. These conditions force a person to live with chronic pain.
Excess belly fat ups the odds of getting breast or colon cancer. For a woman, every inch of waist measurement above 31.5, and for a man, every inch above 37, increases the risk of colorectal cancer by five percent.
Childhood obesity, which has tripled in the last 30 years, sets the stage for a lifetime of health dangers. As you age, the muscle mass in your body decreases. Next, the excess weight you carry is fat, not muscle. Calorie burning slows down, and it’s much harder to lose the pounds. This natural slowing down process begins at about age thirty. It can be somewhat offset by a healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition and exercise, but if these healthy life habits are not begun in the childhood or teen years, it’s highly unlikely they will begin in adulthood. Children and teens, beware: the time is now to determine your future health!