How Being Overweight Affects Your Health
Being overweight or obese affects your health from head to toe.
You love the way you look in the mirror when you reach a healthy weight. It feels great to fit into your skinny jeans or slip into a smaller dress size, but the real magic happens on the inside. Here’s what goes on internally when you maintain a healthy weight.
People who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to experience depression or develop Alzheimer’s disease. 1
Losing 10 pounds over the course of six months can lessen your need for some medications, lower your blood pressure and lead to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. 2
Losing 7 percent of your excess body weight and exercising 30 minutes a day reduces your risk of developing diabetes by 60 percent. 1
Having a waist measurement of more than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. 1
Each pound of weight you lose reduces the amount of pressure on the knee joint by four pounds. 3
Ditch the weight and save your feet. Those with weight-related diabetes are 15 times more likely to have a foot or leg amputated. 4
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1 National Institutes of Health
2 Harvard Health
3 Arthritis Foundation
4 American Diabetes Association