Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem but also a health hazard.
Someone who is obese is twice as likely to die prematurely compared to the average person. This is because obesity has been linked to several chronic or long-standing illnesses, including: cardiovascular disease and hypertension, Type II diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and respiratory ailments.
It goes without saying that people can gain significant health benefits from losing weight. Especially if you have the following risk factors:
1. Family history of cardiovascular diseases.
2. “Apple figure”, meaning your weight is concentrated around your abdominal area—compared to those who are “pear-shaped” or carry their weight in their hips and buttocks.
3. Pre-existing medical conditions.
Even a modest weight loss of 10 to 20 pounds can bring significant health improvements, such as lowering one’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
In order for a weight management program to be sustainable and successful, a holistic approach is necessary.