What Causes Obesity?

By Hans Diehl, M.D. www.chiphealth.com

The key to the obesity problem is calories—too many of them. Excess calories come largely from fat and sugar. Overweight happens when you eat more calories than your body can use. Whether calories come from fat, protein, sugar or starch, the leftovers are turned into fat. Some of this fat floats around in the blood, plastering and gradually plugging vital oxygen-carrying arteries.

The rest of the leftover fat ends up in the body’s central fat bank, located around the midsection. Embarrassing branch offices often pop up in other parts of the body. For every 3,500 excess calories received by the body, one pound of fat is placed on deposit.

Would Becoming Less Obese By Losing A Few Pounds Do Any Good?

The answer is yes. Excess fat relates so directly to health that a little bit of reduction goes a long way. A 10% weight reduction in men 35 to 55 years of age will result in a 20% their decrease in coronary heart disease. On the other hand, a 10% increase in weight produces a 30% increase in coronary disease. This is just one example of many such relationships. And here is another: Every pound in excess shaves off about 1 month of life. You see, every pound counts, one way or the other.

Improving your health and energy is a more successful motivator over time than wanting to get thin for a wedding or college reunion. Personalize the risk of being overweight. Pay attention to your blood pressure, your blood cholesterol, your triglycerides, and your family history of disease. Losing just 10% of your body weight can significantly improve your health.


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