Obesity: Why something needs to be done?
Obesity worldwide has become a huge problem and the case is no different in India. In our previous posts we had discussed about how obesity can be prevented and shared some easy to follow tips to lose weight. In this post, we’ll cover the most important aspect of our fight against obesity i.e. understand why we need to fight against obesity?
Obesity is not a cosmetic problem rather it makes you vunerable to many potentially fatal diseases. Discussed in detail below is the potential impact of obesity on our body:
Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and increasing incidence of obesity has been a major contributor to high growth rate of type 2 diabetes cases. Obesity can cause insulin resistance which means body has to increase insulin production to compensate. Intially body does so but over time it can’t make enough insulin and this results in elevated blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes if not managed properly can have an impact on almost all vital organs of the body.
High Blood Pressure
Obesity has been found to be linked with hypertension, with higher probability of having hypertension being observed in obese as compared to person with normal weight. Research suggests obesity may lead to activation of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone system causing sodium retention which consequently results in high blood pressure.
Coronary Heart Disease
Obesity is one of the major risk factors of Coronary Heart Disease. In this disease “plaque”, a waxy substance, builds up inside the individual’s coronary arteries, thus narrowing or completely blocking the passage for blood flow. This can potentially cause angina (chest pain) or even heart attack.
In case the area with deposited plaque ruptures, it results in formation of a blood clot. This clot can block the passage of blood and oxygen and if it is present close to the brain, it can cause a stroke.
Obesity has an damaging effect on knees and hips due to the extra weight. Also, even the joint replacement surgery in some cases may not be advisable as the in this condition artificial joint has a higher risk of loosening and causing further damage.
Sleep Apnea & Respiratory Problems
Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which people stop breathing for brief periods i.e. people have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths. It can be due to excess fat stored around the neck as it narrows the airway thus making it harder to breathe.
Other respiratory problems may also occur due to the excess weight of the chest wall which squeezes the lungs and causes restricted breathing.
Obesity raises your risk for colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers.
Considering that how obesity makes one susceptable to many diseases, there is an urgent need to fight and control this problem. Partner with us to start your fight against excess weight