Extra Weight–Not Just Obesity–Matters

11 Jul

It’s troubling that almost 40 percent of adults are obese. But most media reports neglected to mention that the rest of us aren’t exactly trim.

If you add the roughly 30 percent of adults who are overweight, now you’re talking 70 percent of Americans who are carrying around extra pounds.

Granted, it’s obesity–not overweight–that has soared since around 1980. And yes, being obese puts you at greater risk of disease than being overweight. But being overweight is far from harmless.

The biggest danger: type 2 diabetes. The risk doubles even in the upper half of the normal weight range.

Likewise, being overweight (or obese) increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and gallstones, plus more than a dozen cancers–including colon, breast (after menopause), esophagus, gallbladder, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, kidney, and liver.

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter June 2018 By Bonnie Liebman

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