Weight gain is a problem for millions, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), since 1975, obesity has tripled across the globe affecting 650 million adults and 39 million children. In America, over 40% of adults and nearly 20% of children struggle with being obese, and the health risks increase with the weight.
Obesity increases the risk of many serious conditions, but fortunately, it can be managed. Losing weight can make a major difference both in your health and in your lifestyle, even if it’s 5-10 pounds. Let’s examine this problem by looking at the complications of gaining weight, the importance of committing to weight loss, and the long term benefits of keeping the weight off.
If you live in Houston or Spring, Texas, and you’re struggling to lose weight, Drs. Billy Cheong, Kesia Broome, Elias Madrid, Theresa Shaw, and the skilled team at Elite Spine and Health Center have the expertise to help.
Bad dietary habits and inactivity are often causes of obesity, but hormonal, genetic, and metabolic problems can also lead to an excess of weight even if you’re active. People struggling with obesity can find themselves struggling with serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, several digestive problems, and severe complications from COVID-19. Cancers of the digestive tract (colon, esophagus, rectum, intestines) as well as the gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, prostate, cervix, ovaries, and breasts increase in people dealing with obesity.
Weight loss is a commitment to better health, and regardless of what regimen you’re using to achieve this goal, it will include a change in diet and an increase in exercise and general physical activity. This means making sure you’re ready for the changes you’re about to make and sticking with it, finding a motivation to keep going, and making realistic goals to reach. A healthier diet and increase in exercise can’t make the change you want if you can’t dedicate yourself to wanting it to happen and staying with it.
Losing weight and keeping it off can have a number of life-changing benefits, including:
Less weight leads to better health, and in many cases a longer life. If you’re struggling to reach this goal for yourself, we can help. If you’re ready to take the first step to a healthier you, make an appointment with Drs. Cheong, Broome, Madrid, Shaw, and Elite Spine and Health Center today.