Dangers of Obesity
Obesity is a medical condition where body fat has been excessively accumulated, that it soon starts to pose negative risks to one’s health. These health risks rang from low life expectancy to an increased risk of developing Heart Diseases, Diabetes and various other hazardous ailments! Those who have a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 30 kg are considered ‘pre-obese’, meaning on the verge to becoming obese. Whereas, those individuals who exceed a BMI of 30 kg are considered obese.
With time, patience and a strong will, obesity can be combated with the help of physical exercises and dieting! By dieting obesity can be treated and overcome by reducing the intake of calories and saturated fat dense food, such as fast foods. However in some dire conditions, anti-obesity pills are prescribed and even surgery may be advised in order to reduce extra fat for instance on the stomach.
Obesity needs to be taken very seriously and precautions should be taken on order to avoid obesity as it can be extremely dangerous and pose many threats to health. Here is a list of all the dangers of obesity:
Obesity is one of the leading causes of type 2 diabetes. Obesity can cause resistance of insulin in the body. Insulin is a very important compound especially needed for the regulation of blood sugar. Therefore with resistance to insulin, the blood sugars levels in the body become extremely high. Diabetes was a condition that only developed in adults, but is now also a hazard to children due to the rates of obesity.
High Blood Pressure
Due to obesity, body fat increases, meaning there are additional fat tissues in the body which therefore require more oxygen and nutrients provided by the blood vessels for circulating more blood throughout the body and to the fat tissue. This puts extra workload on the heart as there is twice as much blood to circulate around and therefore in order to circulate this blood, and this means more pressure on the walls of the arteries and therefore, this result in a higher heart rate with a reduced ability to transport blood throughout.
Due to obesity there is a higher risk of fatty deposits buildup within the arteries, reduced blood flow and narrowed arteries. Moreover, the formation of blood clots in the narrowed arteries can cause strokes, Angina, and even Atherosclerosis! In fact statistics show that Atherosclerosis is present 10 times more often in obese people than those with a regular BMI.
Extra weight caused by obesity puts stress on the knees and hips and can even damage the joints. Therefore obesity puts one at a higher risk of Osteoarthritis.
Depression is prevalent in individuals who suffer from obesity. It is unfortunate that society and the media can be extremely insensitive to obese individuals. Depression may consequently lead to further health concerns such as eating disorders and other psychological issues.