12 Motivating Reasons to Lose Weight and keep it off.
How Health, Career and Relationships Suffer from being Overweight or Obese.
If you are looking to lose weight, then you are probably aware of at least some of the health risks of being overweight or obese. Health (whilst important) is NOT the only reason you want (or need) to lose weight.
Sociological, relationships, peer approval and employment / career progression all improve when you lose weight to a normal size. If you’re looking for motivation, here are 12 reasons to lose weight…..
1. STAY ALIVE!
People who are obese are at risk of many serious diseases and health conditions including all causes of death along
with other serious health conditions.
In an article by Stanford Health Care, 300 000 DIE each year from obesity related conditions in the US.
Globally, this death count from being overweight or obese rises to 2.8 MILLION / year according to the World Health Organisation.
Obesity is also a primary cause of sleep apnoea. Sleep Apnoea is a serious condition restricting blood flow and vital oxygen to the brain whilst sleeping. This results in tiredness the following day making operating machinery and driving hazardous and potentially fatal.
Heart disease & failure, T2 Diabetes (and the risk of DKA – Diabetic Ketoacidosis), fatal influenza and pneumonia are also high risk conditions caused by excess weight and obesity.
2. Prevent Heart Disease.
“Heart disease (or hardening of the arteries) is 10x more prevalent in overweight / obese people than those of normal weight.”(Stanford Health Care).
Heart disease itself prevents you from engaging in quality time with friends and family, limits your driving abilities (and safety). You will also spend more time restricted to your home / doctors surgery or hospital instead of living a life worth living.
3. Peer Approval
Being overweight or obese has been proven to cause stigma from their ‘normal weight’ peers.
In a recent European study, 18.7% of people with obesity experienced a stigma from either:-
- Health Professionals
- The Media
- Even friends and family
Yes, even health professionals – those people you turn to for help look at you with disapproval for being overweight or obese!
And if that wasn’t bad enough, 38% of people with severe obesity are stigmatised!
The stigma doesn’t end there, though! For school aged children, this figure rises with 63% of obese school aged children suffering bullying due to their weight.
“Overweight and obese people receive lower incomes / wages compared with normal weight people.” Source: Harvard.edu
This may be due (in part) to the indirect costs in insurance premiums of employing obese people. Additionally, workers compensation payments for their obese employees are higher compared to their normal weight co-workers.
Obesity Hurts YOUR purse directly!
“In 2008, the medical costs for obese people was $1,429 Higher than those of normal weight people.” (Source: CDC.gov )
Then there are the additional indirect costs of being overweight / obese :-
- Increased prescription costs
- Transportation costs – fuel economy reduces as vehicle + passenger weight increases
- Bariatric surgery failures? Bariatric surgery is proving to be a failure for permanent weight loss with “weight regain faster with commercial centres over non-commercial centres”. (Source : Int. Journal of Obesity 2018).
5. Prevent T2 Diabetes
Not forgetting the daily issues surrounding victims of t2 diabetes ( constant medical checks and the inherent costs involved), there are many other side effects:-
- Sight Loss. Diabetic retinopathy can be catastrophic for the patient. Loss of eyesight can result in loss of career / employment, driving abilities, family life and independence.
- Nerve Damage (Neuropathy). Neuropathy is caused through high blood glucose levels damaging the small blood vessels supplying the nerves. Neuropathy can cause loss of co-ordination, weakened limbs, incontinence and impotence. This can also lead to loss of employment, relationship problems, public embarrassment / humiliation through the incontinence or become a ‘prisoner in your own home’. Nerve damage may also lead to….
- Foot Problems. Diabetics (both T1 and T2) are susceptible to nerve and blood flow damage to their feet. Many diabetics have serious problems with foot health. Many Diabetics have one or both of their feet amputated.
- Hyperosmolar Hypoglycaemia State (HHS) is a life threatening state brought on by severe dehydration & very high blood sugars.
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). A life threatening emergency where the lack of insulin and high blood sugars leads to a build up of Ketones in the blood. These high levels of ketones effectively turn the blood into acid. This can severely damage vein / artery walls, chemically burn the heart and other organs. If untreated / not caught in time – total organ failure and death may occur. DKA can affect T1 and T2 diabetics.
6. Increase Physical Abilities
Placing excess load or strain on the human body causes many physical problems –
Women with oversize busts suffer from back pain preventing or limiting their normal daily activities.
Obese people place a substantial amount of strain on their hearts and joints. This in turn causes them to be slower at movement resulting in the stigma of ‘presenteeism‘.
Losing weight to a ‘normal’ size improves:-
- Sexual Performance and Enjoyment ( one comment on a weight loss forum state’s “having a longer useable length!”)
- Enjoy more playtime with the children
- Perform chores faster leaving more time to live and have fun!
- Enjoy a more active lifestyle – adventure, sports, travel, engage with the children / grandchildren more etc
- “Fitness” attracts! Relationships blossom for healthier, fitter people.
7. Prevent Cognitive Degeneration & Dementia
A healthy, balanced diet brings in nutrients that improve mental abilities AND prevent brain dysfunction or degeneration.
In a recent study (Aug 2018) at Trinity College, Dublin, researchers discovered that in over 5000 adults over 60, cognitive impairment increases as waist:hip ratio increases.
Simply, as your waistline increases your mental abilities reduce. Dementia alone is predicted to rise from 24.3 Million in 2001 to 81.1M by 2040.
Cognitive degeneration has a negative impact on:-
- Careers / Employment
Cognitive degeneration also contributes to the rising occurrance of fraud and theft from people with impaired mental acuity.
8. Prevent Cancer
According to Cancer Research UK Obesity is the UK’s 2nd Biggest cause of cancer after smoking and causes 13 types of Cancer including:-
- The Uterus
Each of the above forms of Cancer brings its own unique health based restrictions to your lifestyle and appearance – bowel bags, mastectomies, personal oxygen supply, hair loss, loss of energy, dialysis…..).
Additionally, obesity has been proven to cause prostate cancer. Overweight men have an 8% increased risk of getting prostate cancer (see below).
Healthy diets have been proven to prevent or ward off numerous types of cancer including prostate cancer(see below).
9. Combat Depression
Depression has been closely linked with overweight or obese people.
“Overweight or obese people are often blamed for their condition and may be considered lazy or weak-willed….
…..disapproval of overweight persons expressed by some individuals may progress to bias, discrimination and even torment”. (Stanford Health)
This, in turn, can lead to depression and the associated side effects. Prolonged (or chronic) depression can also lead to loss of employment, self harming and even suicide.
Looking for career progression, new or total change in employment? Your excess weight is probably stopping you!
Obese people are stereotyped as being slow, lazy, and of low productivity value to employers.
As a direct comparison, many employers look for sporting / athletic people. “Sportsmen” are focused on results.
- Have ENERGY! Fit people who attend a gym regularly
- Have boundless amounts of energy to carry them through the tough times
- Work hard at their objective until they achieve the desired goal.
They are highly regarded as ‘achievers’ and are great for business. Employees who benefit the business are generally rewarded with longer service and / or promotion. Overweight people can rarely compete with these energetic, fast acting, performance driven employees.
Ask yourself this question :-
“Why do you see so many sports people in high paying positions (advertising, fashion, TV presenting positions, consultants and CEO’s / CFO’s ?”
- Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) Bodybuilder & Pro Wrestler turned star actor in Hollywood Blockbuster movies.
- Sean Connery British bodybuilder gained his Licence to Kill (and thrill) as 007. Sean also appeared in many other Hollywood blockbuster films
- Arnold Schwartzenegger. Broke Austrian bodybuilder and former Mr Universe gained fame as a Hollywood muscleman in films – Conan, Commando, Predator, The Terminator and many others.
- David Beckham. Love him or loathe him, David Beckham’s career rose from junior soccer player to pro-soccer and international mens fashion model. An icon of modern times.
Just 4 examples of how focus on a sport can lead to great health and greatness – be it in industry, commerce, entertainment or politics (?).
Unlike sportspeople, overweight and obese people are prone to victimisation from their peers & employers receiving lower wages and loss of promotion.
If you’re looking for work, the situation is much harder as employers make ‘excuses’ NOT to employ you.
Being overweight or obese can have profound effects on your personal relationship(s).
From school age through to adulthood, excess weight brings many trials and tribulations to overcome. Overweight and obese children have negative experiences during their vitally important formative years.
Overweight and obese children experience bullying and difficulty in developing fruitful relationships from the associated stigma, physical (in)capabilities and the resulting depression.
In a recent study into obese relationships, obesity causes:
- Delayed dating in adolescents
- Early and risky sexual activities
- Increased friction between couples
- Intense personal and vicious arguments
Obesity and Sexual Health in Relationships
Obesity causes many other problems in relationships. Obesity results in infertility and difficulty in conception among women. The resulting stress and arguments give rise to vicious arguments and (in some cases) separation or the expense of divorce
Overweight and obese men have similar problems. Problems that may cause the arguments from failed procreation – infertility. The excess weight (which typically gathers in the abdomen and lower abdomen / groin area) increases the internal heat in the groin damaging the number and quality of sperm. The result? Infertility!
Poor nutrition contributes to this infertility and the energy to procreate and satisfy your partner.
Obesity in Men Causes:-
- Low Testosterone levels. Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for a deep voice, larger muscles, development of male sexual organs, strong bones, sperm production and libido.
In men over 40, a 1 point increase in BMI results in a 2% decrease in testosterone. A 4” increase in waist can reduce testosterone levels by 75%
- Erectile Dysfunction. Obese men have an increased risk of Erectile Dysfunction. (Hormonal disorders & low testosterone levels are responsible for Just 3% of E.D cases). Studies reveal having a BMI of 28 increases the risk of ED by 90%.
- Reduced Sexual Activity. Obesity in men reduces the frequency of sexual intercourse.
- Male Infertility. A tiny, 3pt increase in BMI causes a 10% increase in infertility.
- Prostate Cancer. Men with a 43” waist are 2.4x more likely to need surgery than men with a 35” waist.
The American Cancer Society reveal that “men who are overweight have an 8% increase in the risk of getting prostate cancer, obese men have a 20% chance and severely obese men 34%”.
Obesity also causes a recurrence of prostate cancer with the added risk of it spreading to other organs and the bones.
Source : Harvard Health / Mens health
Poor diet and lack of effective exercise cause many relationships to suffer unnecessary stress and strain. Failure to please your partner and/or failure to conceive can result in vicious arguments. Additionally the unending stigma from peers, depressive moods and mood swings all contribute to the poor lifestyle suffered as a result of being overweight or obese.
In addition, couples may opt for expensive bariatric surgery or surgical removal of the excess weight.
Studies have proven bariatric surgery fails in long term weight loss – Bariatric patients tend to regain some or all of the excess weight after 12 months. This can result in resentment and despair between the couple trying to have children or improve their lives artificially.
12. See Clearly
What would You do without your sight? Do you have the funds to live without sight? Would you cope mentally if you lost your sight?
What does Your Sight mean to You?
A healthy diet and lifestyle can :-
- Prevent A.M.D (Age-related Macular Degeneration).
Recent high quality studies reveal that diet “may” affect individuals risks in relation to the onset of age related macular degeneration (eye disease). (Source: Wiley)
- Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can cause catastrophic loss of eyesight.
- Improve your vision. Visual health and accuity is improved with a healthy, balanced diet.
- Improve peer relationships. Friends will notice your new, slimmer look and re-engage socially.
- Improve Your Career. Employers will see you as someone who ‘addresses an issue’ instead of hiding it. You’re an
‘action taker’. A pro-active person who resolves problems. Pro-active problem solvers are beneficial to employers / companies. Be an important member of staff, not just a ‘lump in the corner’.
- Improve Your Love Life! Overweight and obese people have lower sex drives, interest and energy. These are just 3 problems obesity causes in relationships. Physical pain, infertility and organ size / access are other problems. Doctors and physicians measure sexual appetite / interest as an important part of human nature – especially in relationships. Yet, it can be ‘easily’ corrected with a healthy diet.
- Improve Brain Function. Losing weight through natural methods will inherently improve brain function. The consumption of natural foods (esp fruit and veg) will provide the nutrition your brain needs to function correctly.
- Reduce / prevent bowel disorders. A healthy diet inherently improves bowel bacteria (microflora) with a corresponding improvement in nerve signals to the brain. This , in turn, improves your appetite control.
Elements from nature’s own pantry provide nutrients that regulate and reduce anxiety, improve nerve stimulation, reduce the risk of stroke, aids sleep, learning and memory. A healthy, balanced diet also helps to regulate appetite, prevent Alzheimers disease, mood swings and hormone regulation. Healthy diets also prevents the symptoms of ADHD.
Do you have the ‘foresight’ to act and prevent numerous, potentially fatal illnesses? Illnesses which can kill you and any career interests?
Many will consider some (or all) of the above as ‘an acceptable risk’, preferring to stay overweight / obese with (perhaps) the inevitable result……
…..leaving loved ones behind to pick up the pieces.
A healthier diet is simply a matter of making a few changes to your current (unhealthy) diet but brings many rewards :-
- Improved Income / Career
- Increased libido / sex drive and pleasure
- Increase fertility
- Improved social relationships
- Reduced Medical Costs (Save OVER US$1400/yr)
- Prevents 13 different types of Cancer
- Prevents Brain dysfunction (Alzheimers, dementia, stroke, ADHD etc….)
- Prevents Type 2 Diabetes & associated illnesses / problems
- Prevent Heart Disease
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