Obesity shortens life more than smoking

Obesity contributes to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many other diseases.  As a result it tends to shorten life span. A new study found that smokers of a health weight lost on average 9 years of their lives while non smokers who are obese lost 14 years of their lives.

If you are obese, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases. For example, that means losing 10 to 20 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds.  There are many contributing factors that lead to obesity.

  • Inactivity. If you’re not very active, you don’t burn as many calories. With a sedentary lifestyle, you can easily take in more calories every day than you use through exercise and normal daily activities.
  • Unhealthy diet and eating habits. Having a diet that’s high in calories, lacking in fruits and vegetables, full of fast food, missing breakfast, and laden with high-calorie beverages and oversized portions all contribute to weight gain.
  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s weight necessarily increases. Some women find this weight difficult to lose after the baby is born. This weight gain may contribute to the development of obesity in women.
  • Lack of sleep. Too little sleep can cause changes in hormones that increase your appetite. You may also crave foods high in calories and carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain.
  • Certain medications. Some medications can lead to weight gain if you don’t compensate through diet or activity. These medications include some antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, antipsychotic medications, corticosteroids and beta blockers.
  • Medical problems. Obesity can sometimes be traced to a medical cause, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, and other diseases and conditions. Some medical problems, such as arthritis, can lead to decreased activity, which may result in weight gain. A low metabolism is unlikely to cause obesity, as is having low thyroid function.

As you can see obesity can have multiple causes, its effects on the body cause chronic diseases which wear down the bodies ability to function.  Take the first step today and call the doctors at Lupo Saladino Chiropractic to see how they can help you get on the path to a healthier lifestyle.  We have been using the Medifast program in our office for the past 6 years and patients have been getting great results.

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