If you are content with your current weight, you belong to the minority of people in the world. Many overweight people say they are happy with their bodies, however, some weight loss may be needed to attain a healthy weight. There are several reasons why you should consider a weight loss plan, even if you don't mind carrying a few extra pounds.
1. First and foremost, if you are overweight, you are at risk for a number of diseases. The main health risk is heart disease, which can lead to a fatal heart attack. Heart disease develops when your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through the body. This can occur simply because you are overweight, or it may be the result of high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. Having high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol can also put you at risk for stroke. A stroke occurs when your brain is deprived of oxygen contained in your blood.
2. Being overweight is also a major factor in developing type 2 diabetes.
Due to poor diet, the body loses its ability to break down sugars with insulin, often resulting in the onset of adult onset, or type 2 diabetes. As a matter of fact, roughly 90 percent of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes each year, are type 2 diabetes. The effects of type 2 diabetes can often be managed and halted, if people embark on a weight loss plan and get their weight down to a healthy level.
3. Being overweight may also cause issues for women who wish to become pregnant.
When overweight, the body may not be able to produce the necessary chemicals for the hormones needed to ovulate or to carry a child. Even if you do become pregnant, being overweight elevates the risk for miscarriage.
4. Lastly, being overweight can also negatively affect your daily life.
You may find it more difficult to purchase clothing in your size or you may find that the clothing available to you is more expensive. When visiting theme parks, you may not be able to ride all of the rides due to size restrictions. When using public transportation, you may be uncomfortable in seating intended for smaller sized passengers.
Starting a weight loss plan to attain a healthy weight, even if you are happy with your current weight, is always a good idea! Attaining and maintaining a healthy weight can ward of a large variety of health problems.