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What are the Dangers of Obesity?

Obesity rates are growing just as quickly as North America’s waistlines.

According to recent statistics, approximately 67% of Canadian adults are overweight or obese. The shocking reality of obesity is that it dramatically increases a person’s risk of mortality from almost any cause. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the lifestyle habits of obesity are being passed down to the next generation. In the past 25 years, the percentage of children with obesity has tripled.

Because it is often associated with low self-esteem, obesity can be a sensitive topic. However, the reality of the obesity situation is that North America needs to take action now. The projected increase in obesity needs to be stopped, because the risks are extreme.

Someone living with obesity understands society’s discrimination against size. They experience the frustration of breathlessness and increased difficulty associated with simple tasks.

But the effects of obesity reach much further than that. Although obesity is known for the resulting inconvenient lifestyle issues, there are a myriad of other serious health concerns to consider.

Obesity dramatically increases the risk of the following:
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  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Mental illness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke

In alarming addition, recent research has suggested that obesity increases the risk of certain types of cancer.

Despite all of these serious concerns, many people still believe the only reason to lose weight is to improve their appearance.

Obesity rates have been increasing for years, and they are not expected to slow down any time soon! The main reason for the increase in obesity rates is a change in the typical North American lifestyle. Our obsession with convenience, although beneficial to our increasingly busy schedules, is detrimental to our health. And it is undoubtedly contributing to the dangers of obesity.

Statistics show a recent decline in gym memberships, and a staggering increase in the video game market. We are putting personal entertainment as a higher priority than our own health. As a country we are becoming lazy.

Despite the decline in gym memberships, billions of government and personal dollars are spent every year on obesity related health care. Money must be spent once the problem has been established, but why aren’t we doing more to prevent the issue?

What can you do to prevent the onset of obesity?

Exercise! Pay attention to what you eat! Understand your body! Be aware of your BMI!

Give your body the time and attention it deserves.

Consider your health as more than a simple asset to physical attraction. Your body is a machine; it works to keep you alive, and it’s vital that you provide it with every tool it needs to do its job.

Let your health be an asset to your success, rather than a challenge.

Start providing your body with what it needs today.

For more information on nutrition which can help prevent obesity, read our pages on antioxidants, vitamins, and a healthy diet.

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