Most people know that being overweight isn’t healthy, and most of us could benefit from a little more exercise and a few less pounds when we step on the scale. We also know that smoking is not good for our health and is a leading cause of death in Americans. But most people would be pretty surprised to learn that smoking deaths are on the decline, while deaths from obesity are rising sharply. Recent analysis of over 1000 studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have now shown that obesity is in the top two leading causes of death in the US, along with smoking.
What Qualifies As Being Obese?
Obesity is a ratio of body weight and height, resulting in a number referred to as body mass index, or BMI. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 to 24.9, while a BMI 25 to 29.9 is overweight, and having a BMI of 30 or more puts you in the obese category. While using a BMI calculator is a good indicator of whether or not you’re in a healthy weight range, it’s not always perfect and can give skewed results for certain body types. If you have questions about your weight and what category you fall into, make an appointment at NEW You Weight Loss for a consultation so we can help determine your individual needs.
What Does Being Obese Do To My Body?
Being obese can cause a number of serious health problems in both men and women, but according to the analysis done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is linked to 13 different kinds of cancer. What is of most concern in relation to the rise in these deaths is that the studies showed that the rise in cancer rates was directly related to the rise in body weight, meaning the more overweight you are, the more likely you are to develop one of these forms of cancer.
Obesity is a contributing factor to many different types of cancer, but those at the highest rates on the rise include kidney and thyroid cancer, breast cancer in postmenopausal women, cancers of the gallbladder, esophagus, colon and rectum, liver, upper stomach, uterus, pancreas, ovary, and meningioma and multiple myeloma. In addition to these alarming numbers involving cancer, being overweight or obese can also cause a host of other serious health issues, including breathing problems, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
What Can I Do To Keep My Weight Under Control?
With the new year, many people will be making resolutions involving losing weight and adopting healthier lifestyles. If you’ve been trying to lose weight and are not seeing the success you had hoped for, it’s time for a visit to NEW You Weight Loss. Sometimes, weight loss isn’t as simple as just eating less and exercising more. At NEW You Weight Loss, we have a staff dedicated to evaluating each individual person, as well as creating a custom solution to help you in your weight loss journey. Whether it’s losing a significant portion of your body weight or just trying to reach your goal weight and maintain it, we’re here to help you. Contact NEW You Weight Loss today to get a jump start on changing your life. Forget new year’s resolutions and work with us to make NEW life resolutions as you begin your journey toward a healthier lifestyle.