It is estimated that within the United States around 30% of the population is obese. The sad news is that these statistics are increasing each day. Obesity is a chronic disease that develops due to lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle.

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Approximately:

  • 35 percent of women and 31 percent of men are considered seriously overweight
  • 15 percent of children between the ages of six and 19 are overweight

Public health officials warn that the results of physical inactivity and poor diet are catching up to tobacco as a significant threat to health.

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The fact that obesity has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. is worrying. Information is power; the following are ways that obesity affects your health and fitness;

  • Blount disease. Excess weight on growing bones can lead to this bone deformity of the lower legs.
  • Arthritis. Wear and tear on the joints from carrying extra weight can cause this painful joint problem at a young age.
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphyses (SCFE). Obese children and teens are at greater risk for this painful hip problem. SCFE requires immediate attention and surgery to prevent further damage to the joint.
  • Asthma. Obesity is associated with breathing problems that can make it harder to keep up with friends, play sports, or just walk from class to class.
  • Sleep apnea. This condition (where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep) is a serious problem for many overweight kids and adults. Not only does it interrupt sleep, but sleep apnea can also leave people feeling tired and affect their ability to concentrate and learn. It also may lead to heart problems.
  • High blood pressure. When blood pressure is high, the heart must pump harder, and the arteries must carry blood that is moving under greater pressure. If the problem continues for a long time, the heart and arteries, may no longer work as well as they should? High blood pressure, or hypertension, is more common in overweight or obese teens.
  • High cholesterol. Long before getting sick, obese teens may have abnormal blood lipid levels, including high cholesterol, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels. These increase the risk of heart attack and stroke when a person gets older.
  • Gallstones. An accumulation of bile that hardens in the gallbladder forms gallstones. These may be painful and require surgery.
  • Fatty liver. When fat accumulates in the liver, it can cause inflammation, scarring, and permanent liver damage.
  • Pseudotumor cerebri. This is a rare cause of severe headaches in obese teens and adults. There is no tumor, but pressure builds in the brain. In addition to headaches, symptoms may include vomiting, unsteady walking, and vision problems that might become permanent if not treated.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Girls who are overweight may miss periods — or not get their periods at all — and might have elevated testosterone (the male hormone) levels in the blood. Although it is normal for girls to have some testosterone in their blood, too much can interfere with normal ovulation and can cause excess hair growth, worsening acne, and male-type baldness. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance, a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes. Overweight women also might have fertility problems.
  • Insulin resistance and diabetes. When there is excess body fat, insulin is less effective at getting glucose, the body’s primary source of energy, into cells. More insulin becomes needed to maintain a normal blood sugar. For some overweight teens, insulin resistance may progress to diabetes (high blood sugar).
  • Depression. People who are obese are more likely to be depressed and have lower self-esteem.


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Obesity will cause fatty liver, high blood pressure, and other physical and metabolic conditions, but it also affects your skin distorting that beautiful glow.

  • Darkened, velvety patches called acanthosis nigricans can form, especially in areas where skin folds and overlaps like the knees, elbows, groin, armpits, and neck. Patches may appear grey, brown, or black.
  • Folds and creases in the skin may also trap moisture, which can allow spots on your body to become breeding grounds for bacteria, yeast, and fungi. Rashes like intertrigo or jock itch can result, with redness and breaks in the skin that can ooze, become itchy, or make a person more prone to yeast infection.
  • When weight is rapidly gained or lost, stretch marks may arise on the skin’s surface. Stretch marks start out pink then gradually become red, then purple. Over time, they can become lighter and almost disappear.
  • The strain of weight can extend down into your feet, pressing skin against the insides of shoes and rubbing painful corns onto the toes. To prevent corns, reduce weight and wear well-fitted shoes.

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Treating & Appreciating Yourself in your Weight Loss Journey

In this cruel world of double standards, being heavy is frowned upon by the society. Many people have low self-esteem due to the society’s perception of them as an individual and their beauty. I dare say beauty is not dependent on size, rather on your confidence, if you are confident before weight loss, the same glow will show whether you lose or not. It is important to appreciate yourself in this journey as a way to appreciate, motive and raise your spirits.

As you begin your weight loss journey, you may be thinking of the ways to treat yourself, so you stay motivated and inspired to continue losing. Even though you may see your clothes fitting better than they have in years, it is still always nice to have the occasional reward for your hard-earned work that you have put in. Penn State researchers found in a recent study that the best way to lose weight and stay motivated is by having little rewards.

Sourced from: http://weightloss.allwomenstalk.com/ways-to-treat-yourself-for-your-weight-loss

Motivating yourself with little rewards is one of the best ways to keep going in the intense weight loss journey. So smile and get that massage, Mani- Pedi, or anything else you fancy.


  • Massage

A massage can be invigorating, relaxing, healing or sensual, depending on the atmosphere, the type of massage and the oils.

Massage has been used for many hundreds of years in cultures around the world, from the traditional Lomi massage of Hawaii to the Abhyanga massage of the holistic Ayurvedic system. Whether it is used to offer relief from a sports injury, or to enhance sexual pleasure, the combination of direct skin contact and the use of massage oils can have a powerful effect on your mood and senses.

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  • Reward yourself with a makeover

As you reach mini weight loss goals, you should schedule a makeover at your favorite beauty counter and even purchase a lipstick and a liner or another cosmetic while you are at it. This tops my ways to treat yourself because it is a nonfood r. Shop for a new workout outfit.

As you lose weight set mini goals, like every five pounds of weight lost, reward yourself with a sports top or shorts. This small reward will keep you motivated to #exercise with fashion and style!

  • Flowers

There is nothing that brightens a day more than fresh flowers. Who cares if you are buying them for yourself? If you have something special to celebrate like your weight loss, celebrate with your favorite flowers. These flowers can remind you for at least a week that you have hit a new weight loss milestone.

  • Manicure and Pedicure

Now that you have reached your twenty-pound weight loss goal, it is time to relax to have a manicure and pedicure day! Schedule some #time with your friends to join so you can have a girls’ day out, and reward yourself for your hard work losing weight and reaching your mini goal.

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Why Being Heavy does not mean Unhealthy

Each society determines its rules and preferences. The problem is that these choices may lead to grave assumptions and misconceptions. One of the main misconceptions is that a heavy person is unhealthy and fit.

In the face of such overwhelming momentum, this widespread stigma is rarely challenged, but research suggests we’ve been too narrow-minded with our views on weight. Contrary to popular belief, being fat in and of itself may not be unhealthy. In fact, it might even offer health benefits—“fat” and “health” aren’t necessarily correlated in the ways we’ve all been led to believe. Read on to learn why it’s time to take a new perspective on weight.

Sourced from: http://greatist.com/health/why-it-okay-to-be-overweight

The misconception that being heavy means you’re unhealthy has been put to question by some studies conducted over the years. It is possible to be heavy and larger but still be fit as some plus size models, yoga instructors, and dancers have taken it upon themselves to show the world.

Recent research suggests that being overweight or even obese may not, in and of itself, be the health threat we think it is. A 2012 study by the National Cancer Institute found that moderately obese people lived about 3.1 years longer than normal-weight women and men. Another study, published in the European Heart Journal, showed that when obese people are metabolically healthy — which means their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and other indicators fall within a healthy range — they are at no greater risk of dying from heart disease or cancer than those who are of average weight.

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The relationship between weight and being healthy was flawed from the beginning as it was based on societal preferences rather than real scientific inquisitions. The bottom line is that fat has benefits, but too much of it can be problematic. People have spent so much on surgery and fat loss programs due to the misconceptions. Fat is n important component in the body; it has broad benefits.

  • Insulation: Okay, you may have already guessed this one: Fat is important in insulating our bodies. It is vital in helping regulate our body temperature, protecting us from extreme cold and heat.

  • Body Function: Body fat is crucial to your body functioning normally and healthy.

  • Vitamin Absorption: Fat is a transporter of fat-soluble vitamins A-D-E-K. Without some body fat, you can end up with vitamin deficiencies, which can cause disease.

  • Personal Shock Absorbers: Fat is your body’s natural cushioning mechanism. It surrounds and protects vital organs and keeps joints cushioned as well. Even athletes need body fat to protect their bodies from potential injury while competing and training.

  • Cell Structure, Beauty, and Aging: Fat is part of the structure of our cells. It is also crucial in maintaining skin, hair and nail health. Further, although I’m the first to admit that having lean, toned muscles is beautiful, having NO softness to those muscles can be just as unattractive as flabby arms. A healthy body fat will keep you from looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger during his bodybuilding era.

  • Fertility: Body fat helps to ensure the production of hormones, including sex hormones. Women, specifically, who have very little body fat tend to have low estrogen levels and as a result, stop menstruating.

  • Energy and Sickness: Having a healthy level of body fat is important in warding off illness or chronic fatigue. Further, energy levels can be disrupted or lowered because of too little body fat.

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  • It Boosts Your Sex Drive

“When your body fat percentage is too low, your sex drive has a tendency to plummet,” explains Jessi Kneeland, a trainer at Peak Performance Gym in New York City. Too much body fat can also put a damper on libido (and body confidence), Kneeland notes. For women, the American College of Sports Medicine says anything from 20 percent to 32 percent is considered satisfactory for good health though depending on how fit you are; you can dip down as low as 12 percent.

Sourced from: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/4-unexpected-benefits-body-fat