Excess Weight Beyond the Scale
If you’re carrying extra weight, you have a higher risk of health problems.
If you’re carrying extra weight, you have a higher than average risk of over FIFTY different health problems. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain types of cancer all carry higher risks in people who are overweight.
The fact of the matter is, there is a direct relationship between our weight and our wellbeing. Recent studies have shown that this will also affect our mental health as well, with depression, anxiety and eating disorders being noticed in members of studies. Do people gain weight because they’re depressed, or do they become depressed because they’re overweight? Turns out, both are likely true.
Other possible effects your weight has on your health will show up in your joints and bones. Arthritis, especially in the hips, knees, and ankles is common, as well as lower back pain. Another effect may be degenerative disc disease, which simply described is the symptoms of pain and possibly radiating weakness or numbness coming from a degenerated disc.
Weight can also have an adverse effect on your circulatory system, ranging anywhere from poor circulation and high blood pressure all the way through the gamut to heart attack and heart failure.
Women who are carrying extra weight can be more at risk for things like ovarian, cervical, and breast cancer while men can be more at risk for prostate cancer.
Sleep apnea, which manifests itself with loud snoring, and temporary stoppage of breathing many times during the night can be exacerbated by extra weight. Though the person suffering with sleep apnea may not realize they’ve been awakened because they don’t become fully conscious, these awakenings disrupt your sleep. This will often lead to daytime sleepiness, and can also increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
Don’t let these symptoms and risks be a life sentence. Get yourself up and out and start moving. A walk during lunch time, or stretches at your desk can start the ball rolling for you. A Smartpods desk gives you the option of constant activity during the day while maintaining your work flow!