Obesity and the Heart

Obesity is an increasingly prevalent metabolic disorder affecting almost the whole world. Although heredity explains 30% to 70% of cases of obesity, the environment contributes too. Diets high in fat and calories, and a reduced physical activity are the most likely factors. People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese. The term obesity is used to describe the health condition of anyone significantly above his ideal healthy weight. Don’t be discouraged though. Unfortunately, you are not alone. However, being obese puts you at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.


The best way to work on your weight is to have an aim, a desire for weight loss. Everyone needs a goal and the motivation to achieve that goal. Even losing a few pounds can aid in cardiovascular benefits. So, every step in the right direction is a step toward a better and longer life. You might want to consider that when your weight is in a healthy range:

Your body more efficiently circulates blood

Your fluid levels are better managed

You are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, sleep apnea and many other illnesses


Simply put, obesity is too much body fat. Your body is made up of water, fat, protein, carbohydrate and various vitamins and minerals. If you have too much fat, you’re at higher risk for innumerable health problems, the list of which may even scare you. Being obese is uneasy as it is unhealthy. It can:

Raise blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Lower “good” HDL cholesterol (HDL cholesterol is linked with lower heart disease and stroke risk, and so low LDL tends to raise the risk)

Increase blood pressure

Induce diabetes


In some people, diabetes makes other risk factors much worse. The danger of heart attack is especially high for diabetic people. Obesity also massively increases the risk for heart disease and stroke. But it harms more than just the heart and blood vessel system. It’s also a major cause of gallstones, osteoarthritis and respiratory problems too.


It is important to befriend your doctor and take his advice seriously. Every adult should have his BMI calculated yearly. And patients with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese and definitely need treatment and a strict workout regime. If obese, you are recommended to participate in a medically supervised weight loss program two or three times a month for at least six months. The treatment plan for weight loss must involve eating fewer calories than your body needs, getting aerobic exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes every day of the week and learning the skills to willingly change unhealthy behaviors and patterns.


Severely obese patients may also want to consider the option of weight loss surgery. Talk to your doctor about obesity screening and your best treatment options for weight loss.


Stay healthy. Live healthy. Live longer. We’ll write to you again next week. And this time around, we’ll talk to you about various aspects of our nervous system and neurological issues and treatment.

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