The Dangers of Being Obese

The Dangers of Being Obese

About three-quarters of American adults are overweight, according to data from the CDC. Of those, more than half meet or exceed the criteria for obesity, and almost 10% are defined as severely obese.

Being overweight is nothing to be ashamed of — but it is something you should be concerned about. That’s because even a relatively modest amount of excess weight can increase your risk of serious medical problems.

The team at Phoenix Heart offers patient-centered weight-loss plans aimed at improving your health and your quality of life. If you’re overweight, here’s how those extra pounds could be putting your health at risk.

Determining your risks

Most of us carry around a few extra pounds, and in most cases, that’s not going to significantly increase your risk of illness. Doctors use body mass index (BMI) to evaluate your weight and your risks of developing those medical problems.

Body mass index is a ratio of your height to your weight. The CDC offers a simple BMI calculator on its website here

BMI isn’t the only tool used to determine your weight-related health risks. At our practice, our team uses BMI and other factors to determine your overall health risks, as well as your treatment plan.

Health dangers of obesity

When you’re carrying around a lot of extra weight, those pounds put significant excess demands and pressure on your organs, blood vessels, and even your bones and joints. Being overweight can also interfere with your hormones, your metabolism, your blood sugar, and even your sleep

In fact, obesity can affect just about every part and every system of your body, increasing your risks of medical issues like:

Extra weight puts a special strain on your cardiovascular system, significantly increasing your risks of:

The one good thing about obesity: It’s completely reversible, and when you lose weight, you reduce your risks of developing one of these serious medical problems. Even losing 5-10% of your body weight can dramatically improve your health now and in the future.

One more note: While this post deals with obesity, many of these risks are also elevated when you’re overweight (but not obese). Doing all you can to achieve and maintain a normal, healthy body weight is vitally important for your health, no matter how old you are.

Lose the pounds, improve your health

Losing weight can be challenging, but having a medical team on your side gives you the edge when it comes to dropping those extra pounds. Our team will customize your weight-loss plan for your health needs, your lifestyle, and other factors, giving you the support you need to successfully complete your weight-loss journey.

To learn more about the weight-loss solutions we offer at our practices in Glendale, Goodyear, Anthem, and Canyon City, Arizona, call or book an appointment online today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

9 Risk Factors for Developing PAD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects millions of Americans, and without treatment, it can cause serious medical problems. Knowing your risk factors can help you seek treatment as soon as possible. Here are nine you should know about.

Know the Signs of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) affects millions of Americans, increasing the risk of strokes and other serious medical problems. Although it’s common, many people don’t know about AFib — or what to look for. Here are the symptoms you need to know about.

When Does Arrhythmia Require Treatment?

An irregular heartbeat always needs to be medically evaluated — but it doesn’t always require medical treatment. Sometimes, lifestyle changes can help. Here’s how to tell which approach is right for your heart health.

3 Things Most Don't Know About Their Heart

February is American Heart Month, which means it’s a great time to learn a bit more about this incredibly important organ. Here are three facts you might not know about your heart and how it works.

Ways Cholesterol Affects Your Heart

Managing cholesterol levels is critical for preventing cardiovascular problems. But do you understand how cholesterol and heart health are linked? This post provides the answers.