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The Consequences of Being Overweight

Social and Psychological Effects

Oftentimes the real importance and ramifications of being overweight is misunderstood and misconstrued. For many the social consequences of being heavy are huge. For the overweight kids in schools teasing is rampant and it's not much better for adults who are overweight in that they never truly feel accepted in the “anorexic super model” driven society.

All of these issues lead to a significant lack of confidence and very low self-esteem, which unfortunately does lead many to indulge in food as a remedy. The result is a big vicious cycle.

For some, the feelings of isolation, low self-esteem and overall feelings of not being accepted or loved because of their weight can be devastating and lead to depression and a lonely life of isolation. These feelings, unfortunately are hardly conducive to one becoming motivated to get fit and healthy, instead they often become the driving force to more unhealthy eating habits continuing the vicious cycle.

Health Risk Factors

The health risks associated with obesity are significant and some are life threatening.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, obesity is a risk factor for:

ñ Heart disease
ñ Stroke
ñ Diabetes
ñ Various cancers
ñ Gallbladder disease and gallstones
ñ High Cholesterol
ñ Osteoarthritis
ñ Gout
ñ Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea
ñ Asthma

People who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk to become ill with various chronic diseases as compared to those who are at a normal weight. 

Some of the less serious side effects include, fatigue, lack of energy, joint pains, knee pains and incontinence, just to name a few.

Also, those with a lot of belly fat are at a greater risk to become ill with a chronic disease because belly fat is the most dangerous fat of all.

Experts say that losing even 10 or 20 pounds can improve one’s health quite a bit.
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