You cannot afford to procrastinate. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death after smoking.
It is associated with an increased mortality rate of all ages including children.
Simply a 5-10% decrease in weight can help improve many of these conditions.
Being overweight or obese is the single most important predictor of Type 2 Diabetes.
#2 Coronary heart disease
coronary heart disease
Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. Obesity is an independent risk factor for the development of heart disease in women, particularly abdominal obesity.
35% of all cancers are attributable to dietary factors. In women, obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, uterine cancer, colon cancer and many others.
#4 High blood pressure
high blood pressure
The BMI (Body Mass Index) and age together are the strongest indicator of risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. At least a third of hypertension is related to obesity.
Obesity may lead to irregular periods which causes problems with ovulation and thus lower rates of pregnancy. Even obese women with regular periods have decreased rates of fertility.
#6 Pregnancy-related complications
Women with a high body mass index (excess weight) at the time of conception have greater risk of pregnancy loss, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and cesarean section. Excess weight gain during pregnancy is linked to a baby that is large for gestational ageand increase risk of cesarean section. Mothers who gain excess weight in their pregnancy have a more difficult time losing that excess weight after delivery.
lower life expectancy of your children
#7 Lower life expectancy of your children
Women who are overweight or obese at the beginning of their pregnancy have an increase in all causes of mortality in their children than normal-weight mothers. There is an association of increased risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease), cerebrovascular disease (blood clot and stroke), as well as peripheral artery disease (poor circulation) in their adult children.
#8 Low Back Pain
low back pain
Obesity has been implicated in the development or progression of low back painand this burden increases as women age. More obese women > 40 years of age report low back pain.
#9 Urinary Incontinence
This is involuntary release of urine. Being overweight can contribute to urinary incontinence. The excess weight exerts pressure on the urinary bladder, trying to push urine out. This results to leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing.
#10 Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia. In women, being overweight at higher ages increases the risk. For every one unit of BMI increase at age 70, the risk of Alzheimer's increased by 36%. This association was not found in men, as men with high BMI generally do not survive past the age of 70 as they die from heart disease or stroke.