Why Should You Lose Weight?

Today, two in three Americans aged 20-74 are overweight. That’s up from one in four in 1980. Similarly, 11 percent of children aged 6-17 are overweight as well. That’s a staggering statistic!. Nearly 70 percent of diagnosed cases of cardiovascular disease and 80 percent of noninsulin-dependent diabetes are related to obesity. Half of all breast cancer cases are diagnosed among obese women, and obese patients account for 48 percent of colon cancer cases. Other health consequences to being overweight include:

  • High blood pressure, hypertension
  • High blood cholesterol, dyslipidemia
  • Insulin resistance, glucose intolerance
  • Hyperinsulinemia
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Gallstones
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory problems