Some Facts About Obesity And Your Health

March 4, 2022 3:34 pm Published by

Today, March 4th, marks recognition of World Obesity Day. It is a day for us all to come together and learn about the health impacts that being obese has on you everyday. To be clear, this is not a day to shame anyone who is obese or criticize habits, but rather it is a day to offer concrete information to help those who struggle with their weight consider a new path forward.

The facts below are straight from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and are meant as general information. You should consult your medical provider for any questions specific to your current situation.

  • Obesity has been linked to poorer mental health and a reduced quality of life
  • Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and a variety of different types of cancers have been linked to obesity making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States and throughout the world.
  • Those who are obese are often also having trouble sleeping at night as obesity is a leading cause of sleep apnea and breathing issues while sleeping.
  • Obesity can lead to additional physical problems like mobility issues and joint stiffness or pain.

Who is considered to be obese?

According to the CDC anyone with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higher is considered to be obese. While there are many factors in considering your BMI you should consult a medical provider for your own specific case and she/he can aid you and determining where you fall on the BMI and what steps you should take to resolve any issues that may be presenting themselves.

Generally the best thing you can do to reduce your obesity is to change your diet, exercise more, and get a good nights sleep. These three things done regularly can lead to better overall health and will often impact your weight and your BMI positively over a period of time.

On this World Obesity Day we hope you stop and take a moment to reflect on your current health situation and if you feel you need to make a change contact your medical provider for guidance on the specific changes that are right for your situation.