Did you know that losing weight could actually increase your life span? New research suggests just that.
If you needed one more fail-proof reason to lose weight, how about this: Losing weight in a healthy manner could actually increase your life span. You already know that being overweight can sap your energy, limit your daily activities and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Now comes news that obesity may take years off your life. According to a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, obesity appears to shorten life expectancy, especially among younger adults.
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The Johns Hopkins study shows that white women aged 20 to 30 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 45 were estimated to have a life span 8 years shorter than women with a BMI of 23-25. In addition, other studies have shown compelling facts about the negative health effects of obesity:
- Obesity increases the risk of illness and death associated with coronary heart disease.
- Obesity contributes to, and complicates, Type 2 diabetes.
- Postmenopausal women who are obese have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
- More than three-quarters of all cases of high blood pressure are reportedly directly attributable to obesity.
The studies provide further evidence that obesity is an increasingly urgent health issue. According to an editorial by JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, and Shari S. Bassuk, ScD, in the Journal of American Medical Association: “Obesity is &133 associated with greater morbidity and poorer health-related quality of life than smoking, problem drinking, or poverty.”
What Can You Do?
There are some positive steps you can take to decrease obesity-related health risks.
- Use our online assessment to determine your BMI. (A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese; 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight.)
- If you are overweight or obese, know that losing just 10 percent of your body weight in a healthy manner can improve your health.
- If you need to lose weight, do so at a safe rate — 1/2 to 2 pounds per week.
- Be physically active: at least 30 minutes (adults) or 60 minutes (children) on most days of the week.
- Limit TV time to less than two hours a day.
- Eat sensible portion sizes.
Another suggestion I personally recommend is combining the winning solutions at Weight Watchers with the CINCH Inch Loss plan. They are a great combination!
Whatever method you choose, keep your health in focus!