I have previously written many articles that have closely evaluated the direct linkage between body weight/mass and the risk of dying prematurely.
As a professional health care provider, it is my job and continued ambition to keep people healthy for as long as this can be sustained. I am of the opinion that most folks want to live a long, happy and healthy life!
Over the last number of decades, different types of research has very conclusively shown that those of us who carry around excess amounts of body weight have a higher risk of developing chroinc disease and have higher rates of all-cause mortality.
In stark contrast, those folks who are leaner, fitter and practice a lifestyle which would be considered by all accounts much healthier in contrast do not share this increased risk.
Excess body fat is strongly associated to an increased risk of high blood pressure, high blood fats, high blood sugar, increased amounts of inflammation, poor insulin sensitivity, high resting heart rates, sleep apnea, poor exercise tolerance, higher risks of cancer, diabetes and heart disease including heart attacks and strokes.
Not only will these factors lower your life expectancy, the quality of life just will not be realized for the most part!
Previous studies which have evaluated this relationship are conclusive in their findings including a study completed in 2016 which found that for each 5-unit increase in BMI (Body Mass Index) above 25, there was a corresponding increase in the risk of dying prematurely due to cardivasular disease, respiratory disease (COPD), or cancer. A more recent study concluded in 2017 discovered, compared to people who kept their weight within normal limits, individuals who gained a moderate amount of weight (5–22 pounds) before age 55 increased their risk of developing chronic diseases and premature death, and decreased the likelihood of achieving healthy aging.
Over weight and obesity are epidemics whithin our society to the extent that folks who are lean and in excellent physical condition are an oddity. This makes me quite nervous!
This epidemic is now extended into our children so instead of battling weight issues in their 30’s-40’s, most of these folks are clinically obese by this time and have a lifetime of continual health challenges a head of them. It is also a matter of fact that most people gain weight as they age, so much so that a 5 Lb. increase per year can be 20-30 Lbs. in a few short years. This degree of weight gain can greatly increase the previously described adverse health risks.
Despite the myths of obesity genes, genetics and rare metabolic disorders being the perpetrators, the conditions of over weight and obesity are primarily directly influenced by lifestyle issues determined by concious choices people have the ability to make every day they live!
It’s time to rethink your path to healthy aging…do some reverse engineering and turn your life and future around because you…and only you have the power to do so!
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Until Next Time
The Vitality Project
Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin