Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, leading to a staggering rise in health care costs and, more importantly, the chronic illnesses that accompany this very common condition.
Lose It For Your Health
Most of us try to lose weight because we look better and feel better. The fact of the matter is that in most cases, you are healthier when you maintain a healthy weight. When overweight and obese, your body simply does not work in the right way. The percentage of fat in your body impedes its normal functioning, causing inflammation, the ultimate producer of disease. The CDC explains that being overweight and obese increasing your risks for developing:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
How Do You Know If You Have too Much Fat?
Measuring your risks for weight related diseases is not very cut and dry. Traditionally, your risk factors are measure by your Body Mass Index (BMI), a calculation of your height verses your weight. BMI= (your body weight in pounds x703) / your height in inches2. For adults ages 18-65, your goal is to have a BMI of 18.5-24.5; over 25 is overweight and over 30 is obese. BMI provides a decent guideline to who is overweight and obese, but falls short of identifying all people at risk.
Body fat analysis, best done through bioelectrical impedance testing, is a much more accurate indicator of health risks. A study by Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, and his colleagues found that even people who are within a weight that is considered normal and healthy can have a body fat that is too high.
His studies prove that weight isn’t everything. Body fat percentage can be high even in people who look thin, a condition that Dr. Lopez-Jimenez has coined “normal-weight obesity.” This condition is extremely common. In Dr. Lopez- Jimenez’s study sample, 61% were found to have normal-weight obesity.
With these numbers, the prevalence of this condition could be epidemic when considering our whole population. Obesity rates according to BMI alone are sky-rocketing; if the medical community added in body fat analysis as a technique to screen for obesity in every patient, it is hard to comprehend how much of our population might actually be at risk for obesity- related diseases.
Make The Change!
A lifestyle program that promotes healthy eating, realistic foods and portions, managing stress, and regular exercise is the answer to creating a healthier you. Even for you thin people out there; a healthy lifestyle is your ticket to a healthy life. There are no shortcuts or magic pills, just good plain hard work, discipline, and knowledge. Anything less is missing the point!
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