Can Being Overweight Lead to Health Problems?
Modern science has certainly had many benefits for the human society. In particular, it has revolutionized the medical field. Now, untreatable diseases are no more and healthcare services have improved greatly. However, there are new health conditions that are coming up and they are proving to be a challenge even for modern medicine. These new diseases are as a result of lifestyle changes. Many people are nowadays leading a sedentary lifestyle where there is little or no exercise and the diet is not right.
Being obese or overweight is a condition that many people are experiencing. When the body’s weight is above the required level, there are certain health problems that resort.
- Heart disease and stroke
Heart disease refers to a number of conditions that may affect the normal functioning of the human heart. One of the most common problems that result as a result of being overweight is the hardening and narrowing of blood vessels that supply the heart with blood. Some other heart conditions affect its pumping ability. A heart disease may lead to a heart attack, angina or chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm and sudden cardiac arrest. Stroke on the other occurs when a part of the brain dies from lack of blood.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and high blood sugar due to being overweight all contribute to the above problems.
Diabetes, and in particular type 2 diabetes is a common weight related health condition. It develops when the amount of sugar in the blood is higher than normal. Around eighty percent of all people who suffer from diabetes are obese or overweight. Even though it is not known why overweight people develop diabetes it is theorized that being overweight makes body cells resistant to insulin which regulates blood sugar levels. When not acted upon, diabetes can open the door to other complications such as stroke and heart disease.
- High blood pressure
High blood pressure is when the blood moves at abnormally high pressures through the blood vessels. When one is overweight, the heart has to work harder to supply the whole body with blood. This means that it has to pump harder and blood pressure increases. High blood pressure may lead to stroke, heart disease and kidney damage.
This is a health condition that affects the joints and makes them stiff and painful. Various joints such as the knees lower back and hips may be affected. Being overweight puts more pressure on the cartilage and joints and with time they wear away.
Over a long period of time, osteoarthritis occurs. Another link between osteoarthritis and being overweight is in the blood. For overweight people, the blood may contain substances that cause inflammation of the joints. This increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
- Breathing problems
Being overweight has been associated with various breathing problems such as apnea and asthma. Sleep apnea is where one stops breathing for short periods of time during sleep. The more the fat the body has, the higher the risks of occurrence of breathing complications. Fat accumulates around the neck and with time, the airways grow smaller. This is when problems such as snoring and apnea start to occur.
All the above health conditions can occur to anyone if the right changes are not made. The most important step is to change your lifestyle. Make eating well a habit and exercise regularly. So as to maintain good health, come up with a realistic exercising and dieting plan. It would also be helpful o visit the doctor regularly for health checkups.
About the Author
Kelly Everson (@kellyeverson12) is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a health article writer who has written numerous articles/online journals on stretch marks, pregnancy, sleep disorders, female health and joint pain problems. She is also passionate about health, beauty and fitness. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest from 2011. Examiner from 2013, Epochtimes & Healthline from 2014