“Ahh it’s only one more slice of pizza”, this is what you tell yourself before one leads to two, and two leads to four. When we make a habit out of binge eating or eating high calorie foods without exercise, we put ourselves at risk for gaining weight. I know what you’re thinking “So what? It’s only a couple extra pounds, and the dad bod is in style!”. While this may be true, putting yourself at risk for different diseases and a life of sickness is definitely not my kind of style.
Let me start off by telling you what happens to your knees with each additional pound you put on (or lose!). According to Harvard Health, “when we’re walking, with each step we take we exert a force on our knees of 1.5x our body weight. When we go up stairs the force is 2-3x, and when we squat to pick something up or to tie our kids shoes, its 4-5x as much”. This means that if we are a 150 lb woman we’re exerting a force on our knees of 225 lbs, 300lbs, and 600 lbs, respectively. By simply losing 10 lbs your taking a tremendous amount of strain off your knees and your body will thank you for it later!
With each additional pound of fat stored on the body it can have effects on different parts of your body as well, such as on your cardiovascular system, your emotional wellbeing, and even your reproductive system.
Here is a list of just a few of the nearly 50 + diseases that carrying excess weight can put you at risk for:
– High blood pressure, Depression, Anxiety, Asthma, Heart attack, Blood Clots, Headaches, Arthritis, Low Back Pain (HelpGuide, n.d).
As you can see, some of these symptoms are all too common and it’s a problem we have to deal with together as a community. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2 out of 3 adults are considered overweight or obese. This is nearly 70% of our population!
According to HelpGuide, theres a study that was conducted by the New England Journal Of Medicine. This study found that for people who were overweight at midlife, they had a 20-40% higher death rate than those who were not. For those who were obese it was 2-3x as high! Not only can losing weight take stress off your cardiovascular system and your joints, it also increases your odds of living longer compared to if you stayed overweight/obese.
Imagine the strain we could take off our health care system, and the pills we may not need to take, and the amount of time you would buy back so that instead of focusing on what you can’t do… you can focus on what you can; all of this is possible by simply focusing on losing some of the extra pounds. I say ‘simply’, however, as we all know, losing weight is far harder than people think. Sometimes getting a helping hand or someone such as a fitness trainer to help keep you accountable is all you need to start seeing differences and getting on track to a healthier happier you.
Written by Andrew Blakey, Owner of Your Future Fitness
Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Why weight matters when it comes to joint pain – Harvard Health. Retrieved June 14, 2018, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/why-weight-matters-when-it-comes-to-joint-pain
How Excess Weight Affects Your Health. (n.d.). Retrieved June 14, 2018, from https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/how-excess-weight-affects-your-health.htm
Overweight & Obesity Statistics. (2017, August 01). Retrieved from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity