The majority of researchers feel that being overweight shares the same health risks as being obese. It’s easy to ignore a little extra weight, especially in today’s society, and especially if you’re the thinnest one in your family or in your circle of friends. But this tendency can give you a false sense of comfort that can be dangerous to your health.

Approximately 30 illnesses and diseases are linked to being overweight. The following represent only a handful of these medical conditions.

Arthritis:   Losing just 10 to 15 pounds in likely to relieve symptoms of arthritis like pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility of the hands, hips back, and knees.

Cardiovascular disease:   Weight loss helps blood lipid levels by lowering triglycerides and LDL. (lousy) cholesterol and increasing HDL, (healthy) cholesterol. Losing weight decreases your risk for heart disease.

Diabetes:   If you’re overweight, losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can reduce your high blood sugar.

High blood pressure:   More than 75 percent of high blood pressure cases are reported to be directly attributed to being overweight. and if you lose weight, you’re taking an important step toward getting your blood pressure under control.

Sleep apnea:    Obesity is the largest risk factor for developing sleep apnea, a condition in which people temporarily stop breathing while they’re asleep. Lose weight and you’ll lower your risk of developing this condition.

Strokes:   High cholesterol doesn’t just affect your heart. People who are overweight increase their risk of ischemic stroke (caused by fatty deposits that obstruct blood vessels to the brain.) If you lose weight and get your blood lioid levels where they should be, you’ll reduce your risk of stroke.

National Cancer Institute experts concluded that obesity is associated with cancers of the colon, breast (post menopausal). endometrium (the lining of the uterus). kidney, and esophagus.

Forty-two percent of those diagnosed with breast and colon cancers are obese.

Of all gall bladder surgery, 330 percent is related to obesity.

The good news is that being over your ideal weight isn’t a disease without a cure–it’s a condition with multiple cures. Achieving a healthy weight is attainable if you start by paying attention to calories, taming your urge to overeat, and incorporating regular exercise.

Source: Well-Being for Dummies  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Powered by Humana Edition