Science has shown that there are numerous reasons to maintain your weight and make sure you don’t fall into the category of obese, which is when your BMI is 30 or greater. Being obese can cause a lot of strain on your joints, can lead to diabetes and heart conditions, and can make your day to day life uncomfortable. A new study conducted by the University of Virginia School of Medicine is giving you one more reason to take control of your weight loss journey. Their study gives new insight as to what obesity does to your body, both long and short term.
How Is Obesity Calculated?
Most doctors use BMI, or body mass index, to indicate where you fall on a spectrum of being underweight, being at a normal weight, overweight, or obese. The number is determined based on a ratio of your height and your weight. Although not perfect since it doesn’t distinguish the difference in pounds from fat versus pounds from muscle, body mass index does tend to be an accurate measurement for most people to determine if they are at a healthy weight. Depending on where you fall along that spectrum, your doctor may recommend either losing or gaining in order to reach a more ideal number.
How Does Obesity Change Your Body?
In the recently published study from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the culprit for negative changes in your body has been identified as lipids found within fat cells. These oxidized lipids are attacked from other parts of your cells, causing inflammation within your body. When studied closely in comparison to healthy lipids in your body, the oxidized lipids promote inflammation while the others, which come from healthy tissue, are actually protective. This inflammation can lead to chronic diseases, with heart attack, stroke, and cancer among them.
What Else Can Obesity Do To Your Body?
While the information found in this study is new, there is plenty of evidence to show that being obese can put a strain on all areas of your body. Physically, you can begin to experience strain on your muscles and joints, making even daily tasks seem more difficult. The conditions you can’t see which occur in your body are an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and cancer.
What Can I Do To Combat Obesity?
For many, there is a simple relationship between calories in and calories out. Put simply, eating less and exercising more can allow a person to attain their ideal weight. Others may have more of a challenge losing weight on their own, which is why NEW You Weight Loss has so many different options available to suit the individual needs of all of our patients. If you’re not sure how to best start your weight loss journey, or you’ve tried everything and feel like you’re out of options, contact us today for a schedule a consultation so we can help you determine what solution is best for you. It’s never too late to begin a journey toward a healthier lifestyle, so don’t let anything get in your way. Contact us today for more information.