Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reasons WHY you should stay away from obesity !

Let's have a real moment with ourselves. Losing weight has many "reasons". Most of those reasons are vague and vanity stricken. But if you took that out of the equation such as your answer can not be: I want to look good, I want to weigh____, or I want to be healthy.. what reason would you have to lose weight?
I feel if more people understood the impact weight and obesity has on your body, more people would come to terms with the fact they simply just want to be healthier. There are so many statistics out there about diseases that can cause you to live a shorter life, the need to be skinny or to be uber fit that causes this idea that being healthy takes a lot of work and time... but who has time??
I want to take the time to point out 5 things that should concern you when thinking about losing weight.
#1- Osteoarthritis
-This is a degenerative joint disease, in which we lose cartilage and gradually destroy the bones of our joints.
Imagine two rocks grinding together and you get the idea of how fun that is. In my experience, healthy people don’t think much about osteoarthritis because it’s common. Aging makes it more likely.
Like most chronic illnesses, osteoarthritis is a vicious cycle.
Your joints hurt, so you move less.
Moving less means your joints don’t get loaded.
Less joint loading means muscle weakness.
Muscle weakness means force doesn’t get cushioned correctly.
Less cushion means the condition worsens.
More osteoarthritis means means more pain.
The point? Obesity makes it much more likely that you’ll get osteoarthritis.
#2-You’ll get a good night’s sleep.
Think of what happens when a rockslide blocks a tunnel.
That’s sleep apnea: The upper airway collapses while you sleep, cutting off that oxygen tunnel.Just so you know, sleep apnea is more than a little snoring.Sleep apnea means you stop breathing. Over and over and over. As you sleep. Which is bad. More body fat means more potential for sleep apnea. This comes from a few combined factors:
Fat in your airway narrows the space available. This makes your airway more prone to collapsing.
Fat in your upper body puts weight on your lungs and reduces the space available to them. You need more oxygen but you can’t get it as well.
Sleep is a major regulator of our metabolism. If our sleep is bad, so is our metabolic health.
This means things like elevated inflammation, rapid cell aging and oxidation, and hormonal disruption and a, higher risk for all kinds of nasty chronic diseases in the long term.
#3-You’ll actually start to taste your food.
This may sound weird, but it seems that people who struggle with their weight don’t taste food as well. This is an issue of:
“wanting” tastes: seeking and craving the reward of tastes
“liking” tastes: actually enjoying tastes
chemical signaling: how taste is created in the mouth and interpreted by the brain
So there seems to be a relationship between:
excess body fat;
wanting and liking fat / sweet foods and pleasant tastes;
eating fat / sweet foods; and
avoiding unpleasant tastes.
Obese people have altered taste perceptions leading to eating more and eating more of the wrong foods. By losing weight you’ll end up craving less high-sugar and high-fat food. You might even enjoy and extra veggie or two.
#4-Your immune system will work properly again.
-Fat is an active endocrine organ. That means it secretes hormones and cytokines (cell signaling molecules). Hormones and cytokines have effects throughout the body. They “talk” to one another chemically. Like all things, balance is important. If we have a healthy amount of fat, our hormones and cell signals work properly. If we have too much, things go wrong.
Increased BMI and more body fat is associated with greater risk for several kinds of infections including:
gum infections,
nose and sinus infections,
stomach infections, and
herpes (thankfully, the mouth kind).
Too much adipose (fat) tissue can release large amounts of immune chemicals. Over time, this chronic high exposure can interfere with the body’s ability to spot and stop actual outside infections.
#5-You’ll survive surgery
People with a lot of body fat:
are harder to intubate,
have a higher risk of incisional hernia post-laprascopy
have a longer operation time,
have a higher risk of catheter site infection, and
have a higher rate of serious postoperative complications.
Surgery is a risky business for people who are obese.
Every surgery patient wants a safe and speedy recovery. Having a healthy range of body fat makes those happy outcomes much more likely.

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