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36 percent of Americans are now considered obese, according to the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. An additional 34 percent are considered
These statistics are quoted so often
that many people may no longer find them surprising. Yet what may still be
surprising is how far the effects of obesity reach beyond clothing size and
cardiovascular risks. In addition to health, it can also impact other aspects
of your life, including family relationships and income.
Read on to learn about seven ways
carrying those extra pounds may be influencing the way you live.
|"Teach a child in the way he (or she) should go and when they are old they will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6|| |
A new study published in the journal
Neurology revealed what a real headache carrying extra weight can be. Johns
Hopkins researchers surveyed nearly 4,000 people to find that the higher their body
mass index, the greater their chances were of having episodic migraines. Those
who were obese were 81 percent more likely to experience at least 14 migraine
headaches each month compared to people who were a healthy weight. Obese women
over the age of 50 suffered from chronic headaches the most.
The National Cancer Institute
associates 34,000 new cases of cancer in men and 50,000 in women each year with
Right now the link between excess
weight and cancer is purely circumstantial and not necessarily
cause-and-effect, but experts have floated some theories as to why more body
fat tracks with higher rates of cancer.
"It could be that excess fat
cells increase hormonal activity or they increase growth factors that lead to
tumor growth," said Dr. Raul Seballos, vice chairman of preventive
medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Obese people are at higher risk for
all cancers, Seballos said. They are often diagnosed in later stages of cancer
than thinner people and are more likely to die from the disease. Some emerging
data looking at weight-loss surgery patients suggests that some of this risk
can be diminished by losing weight.
Overweight women have a harder time
getting pregnant. One Indian study of 300 morbidly obese women found that over
90 percent of them developed polycystic ovarian disease, a condition associated
with infertility, over a three-year period.
As with cancer, the association
between obesity and infertility isn't entirely clear.
"Obesity is an inflammatory
state and that alone might decrease fertility," noted Dr. Marc Bessler,
director of the Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery at New York
Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. "It may also
be the result of hormone changes produced by the fatty tissue."
Bessler said that many of his
heavier patients experienced difficulty getting pregnant. And many infertility
clinics don't accept female patients with high body mass indexes given their
diminished chances of conceiving. However, Bessler said some of his patients
become pregnant just months after weight-loss surgery once they had dropped a
Premature Birth Risk
For heavier women who do get
pregnant, the worries aren't over. A new study in the Journal of the American
Medical Association found that obesity increases a woman's chance of having a
pre-term baby, especially when her body mass index is 35 or higher. The study's
authors speculate that having too much fat may inflame and weaken the uterine
and cervical membranes. Whatever the reason, it can have devastating effects.
Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death and long-term
|A young child needs 10 hours of sleep but did you know that ideally we need 8 or 9?|| || |
Sleep and excess weight do not make
good bedfellows. Nearly 80 percent of older, obese Americans report having
problems with sleep, a recent American Sleep Foundation survey found.
Poor sleep contributes to a host of
diseases including diabetes, heart disease and, ironically, obesity itself.
Numerous studies link short sleep to expanding waistlines, including the
Harvard Nurses' Study, which found that those who slumbered less than five
hours a night were 15 percent more likely to gain weight than those who enjoyed
at least seven hours of sleep.
Dr. Donald Hensrud, a nutritionist
and preventive medicine expert in the department of endocrinology, diabetes,
metabolism and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic, said one of the most immediate
health dangers for many obese people is sleep apnea, a condition in which a
person gasps or stops breathing momentarily while asleep.
"Sleep apnea can be caused by
increased fat around the neck area that presses down and closes off the soft
tissues of the airways while a person is lying down, especially on his
back," Hensrud said. "This means the person does not get good quality
sleep, has less oxygen in the blood stream, and the heart has to work
Though fat people are often the butt
of the joke, obesity stigma is no laughing matter.
A Yale study found that weight is
the number one reason people are bullied at any age and those who are bullied
have lower self-esteem, higher levels of depression and increased risk of
The main source of ridicule,
according to the Yale researchers: Loved ones.
"More than 40 percent of
children who seek treatment for weight loss say they have been bullied or
teased by a family member," said the study's lead author, Rebecca Puhl.
"When we asked obese women who stigmatized them the most, 72 percent said
it was someone in their family."
Puhl said discussions with loved
ones about their burgeoning weight often come across as judgmental and
derogatory, even when intentions are good. However, offering support and
encouragement is the most effective approach to help someone struggling to drop
The number two source of stigma,
after loved ones?
Puhl said her studies have found
that 67 percent of overweight men and women report being shamed or bullied in
the doctor's office. And 50 percent of doctors found that fat patients were
"awkward, ugly, weak-willed and unlikely to comply with treatment"
while 24 percent of nurses said they were repulsed by their obese patients.
A negative reception from a
healthcare provider is especially detrimental to obese people, Puhl stressed,
because they already contend with a greater number of health problems than
discussions between patients and healthcare providers, someone who is obese is
more likely to avoid the doctor altogether even when they have a problem,"
However Puhl noted that the knife
cuts both ways. Her studies reveal that people are less apt to follow doctor's
orders and more likely to switch to a new provider if their physician is
Obese or not, God loves everyone. By posting this article it is not my intention to judge. I do believe that God wants us to honor our bodies by providing it with proper nutrition and regular exercise; to honor our minds by consciously imputing into our brains messages of hope; to fill our soul by embracing and practicing a faith that encourages us to have faith and a positive outlook on life no matter what our trials; to pass-on a legacy of good habits to our children, our grandchildren, our friends and anyone that we have influence on.
God is blessing you so accept the blessings and make your life all it can be by taking care of your body, your mind, and your soul.
Join us on Sunday, September 15th at 6pm Pacific time for "The Call." Discover how to navigate through change and learn more about yourself, others, and God. It's simple. Just pick up a telephone and dial: 530-881-1300. When asked enter this code: 642848# This month we are interviewing our youngest daughter (the artist featured above) Christina Sinclair of beachbabefitness.com We will ask her about her recommended health habits and also what it was like growing up with a famous grandfather and father. We will also give you an update on the health of Dr. R.H. Schuller.
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