Why Those Extra Pounds are Killing You

by Webmd Men Staff
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Excess weight not only makes you heavier than you should be, but it increases your chances of many different diseases and conditions. I’m not talking just a few things either, you are at risk for over 50 different health conditions by holding that extra weight on your body. Here are the reasons why you should lose that excess weight.

Your weight can directly correlate to your mood.

Depression and your weight can go hand in hand. Many studies suggest that people who are overweight have a much higher risk of depression and other mood disorders. It can be a never ending cycle of weight gain and depression. Most people who gain weight become depressed so then they tend to eat more, gaining more weight, and it happens over and over. It is a cycle that can be broken though.

Once you realize that both of these conditions tend to come from factors of stress, you can try to pinpoint what is stressing you out, and eliminate it. There can also by psychological factors. All we ever see is how thin we should be, how masculine we should be, and everything in between. These messages can really get to us, without even noticing. You can also develop odd eating patterns and these can develop into eating disorders, which can lead to being overweight and depression. You can also develop depression from being overweight just because of the physical discomfort.

Depression can also result from obesity because depression causes the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can affect your fat cells and make it easier to accumulate fat. This fat generally builds up in the belly, a very obvious place, which can lead to that never ending cycle mentioned earlier. Depression can also cause people to form bad eating habits and reduce the chances of exercising regularly. One last thing that can link depression and weight gain is the fact that some depression medications lead to weight gain.

Overall, losing weight can help to boost your mood. It can help both with your weight and your outlook on life. Losing those extra pounds is nothing but a benefit to you.

Your weight can cause higher risks of heart disease and stroke.

fat man having a heart attackIf you are carrying extra weight, you are probably suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and other problems that correlate with your heart health. Even if you do not suffer from any of these conditions, you are much more likely to as you gain more excess weight. Overall, being overweight increases your risk of heart disease by 32% and obesity, not just weight gain, increases the risk by 81%.

By losing the excess weight, you reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. By losing the extra weight you will be more likely to be performing exercise which can also help to reduce the risk of many of these conditions.

Your weight increases your risk of diabetes.

Diabetes is a bit of an epidemic, if you want to consider it that. It is a condition that has risen over the years, especially type 2 diabetes, the type that you get later in life. This is in direct correlation to our unhealthy eating habits and stress. About 90% of the people that develop type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

If you have diabetes, and don’t know it or take care of it, it can lead to some serious health problems. Diabetes can cause kidney failure if left untreated. It can also cause blindness and various amputations. If you are overweight, make sure that you are getting regular checkups from your primary care physician to make sure that you are not developing any of these harmful conditions.

Your weight can raise your risk of cancer.

The more weight that you carry on your body, the more likely you are to develop various cancers. Some findings from various studies show that your risk of cancer is linked to your weight. Almost 14% of overweight men that are 50 and older die of some sort of cancer. Basically the higher your BMI, body mass index, the higher your risk of dying from cancer is. These cancers include colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, and kidney cancers. In men, your excess weight can increase your risk of dying from stomach or prostate cancer specifically.

obesity and a=its negative effects and related diseasesThere are theories that because of being overweight, you are less likely to get regular cancer screenings. It can be uncomfortable the more weight that you gain to get these screenings. If you are overweight you also tend to skip your doctor’s visits. Most of the time doctor visits can become uncomfortable because of your weight. You should be visiting your doctor and getting regular checkups before it’s too late.

Your lifespan is shortened because of your weight.

Your weight can be severely cut short by your weight. It can be a challenge just doing everyday tasks. If you are a healthy weight these tasks feel like nothing, but when you are overweight, simple tasks can become unbearable. Holding extra weight in your body causes so many different diseases and conditions, your life will be cut much shorter than if you were at a healthy weight. Your death rate becomes two to three time higher than other men who are your age but a healthy weight.

If you lose weight you will feel better. Not only will you live longer, but you will be able to do simple tasks as simple tasks, not as something that is so hard you can barely do it. You will be able to lift your groceries with ease or go for a walk with your pet or kids. Losing weight not only benefits you, but it benefits those around you. You will feel better and those around you will feel better too. You will be able to ease the mind of your loved ones as they will no longer worry about your health, and you will not have to worry about your health either.

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