The cost of obesity can be as high and heavy as having the weight of the world on our shoulders. The burdens we carry with being overweight and obese impact our lives in ways that reach far outside of pounds or a number on the scale. Other diseases that can occur as a result add to what we’re already dealing with, which leaves us facing more than it seems like we can bear at times. Perhaps taking a closer look at the real price of obesity will help us manage what’s needed to lower the cost and create value where it really matters, a lighter load and more freedom to be healthy and happy.
Here are some common diseases that can be closely associated with diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- Gallbladder disease
- Some types of cancers
Prevention Over Treatment
According to Benjamin Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing obesity is certainly better than overcoming it. Pounds add up quickly and can be tricky if we aren’t mindful. Try incorporating some of these small, yet effective, healthy habits:
- Replacing one meal a day with a smoothie
- Have a salad at the beginning of lunch or dinner to curb appetite for heavier foods
- Allot a certain amount of low-sugar, low-calorie sweets here and there to avoid binging
- Set a goal to walk a certain amount of steps a day. Use a pedometer to track them and help keep you motivated.
I’m already overweight. What’s next?
If you’re already overweight or obese, the above tips can certainly help. Yet, there are further measures you can take if your obesity is more significant. The higher the weight, the greater the risk, so other options may be suitable. Consider:
- Asking your doctor about what he/she thinks is the right diet & exercise plan for you
- Seeing a nutritionist for a personalized diet plan
- Hiring a personal trainer to intensify and/or customize your workouts
- Seeing a therapist to help pinpoint specific issues that may affect your current habits
- Weight loss surgery may be an option
What It’s Worth
The impact to one’s health from obesity related diseases can lead to a host of disruptions. Yet, those disruptions can be lessened, or even eliminated. Time spent recovering from a potential heart surgery can be replaced with a few laps around the neighborhood or shopping for healthier food. Time at doctor’s appointments can be substituted for a healthy new activity like water aerobics. Money spent on medication can go towards taking a cooking class. And let’s not forget the positive ways we could impact our family life. Our families love to see us thrive. We can return the favor of love and support to them by losing weight and getting healthier.
Is It Me?
Take this as a message of hope and encouragement. We all have our battles. We all have our burdens. Some of us just carry those on our bodies in the form of excess weight. Diseases related to obesity can happen to people who aren’t obese too; it can happen to anyone. Yet, taking the steps to lower the risks and therefore lower the costs of the real price of obesity to your health and happiness.